I thought it was really mean how Hattie's mom insulted her out of nowhere instead of saying what's good about her and appreciating her (4).
I wonder if Hattie considers Mrs. Haggerty her mom instead of her own mom(5).
How come all of a sudden Hattie's dad is seeing their nana out of nowhere if they never talk? Something's probably up(10).
Adam is such a happy person. He's not even dangerous (37).
So what if Adam has mental problems. He may be different, but not dangerous. Why do Hattie's parents have to hide him from her? (31).
Hattie is very respectful. Her life best friend insulted Adam and Hattie made the right decision to tell her to shut up, and then walk away(67).
I'm glad Hattie has finally found a new friend that keeps her happy (85).
I can tell that Leila (Hattie's new friend) is unique. She says that she wants to meet Adam and that he sounds fascinating (85).
Hattie is the only one who doesn't stare at Adam in a way when he gets excited over something, but when her family does, she corrects them and makes them embarrassed and ashamed over their actions. I think Hattie is definitely becoming an important character and possibly a symbol for something right (89).
Hattie is slowly teaching her parents to not only be successful as a worker, but as a parent and as a person as well (89).
If Hattie's parents think less of her and think she's like Adam, that's definitely not a good way of being a mother (94).
Adam started to cry like a baby when he found out Hattie's party couldn't possibly happen. I guess she means more to him than he does to her? Or equally? Or he just NEEDS her more than she needs him (111).
Adam says he's an "alien", but Hattie is also sort of an "alien" as well (112).
I can't believe once Leila meets Adam, he causes a scene on Hattie's birthday and has to be taken by the police (136).
Hattie's parents found out about Hattie sneaking Adam to the carnival and they're probably only getting her in trouble because they are scared of disagreeing with Nana. I think they should stand up for what's right instead of hiding the truth for such a long time. After all, they are bigger and stronger than Nana, only that Nana has a bigger voice (139).
I'm glad Hattie was the one who finally stood up to Nana. I think things will definitely change dramatically very soon (155).
I can't believe Adam hung himself. The book and plot no longer has a life or purpose without his presence (164).
Throughout the book and the presence of Adam, Hattie undergoes a plethora amount of emotions.
In this book, Hattie's fiend grandmother is addicted to power. She feels that she always has to have control.
Hattie is a girl full of eloquence because she was the only one in her family who spoke the truth about how everyone is acting like fake people.
Throughtout the book, Hattie is surreptitous because she lets Adam explore the world and go places with her without anyone knowing until the very end.
Because Adam has disabilities where he can't control his emotion, he has a superfluous amount of happiness.
Hattie was special in this book because she scrutinized Adam's personality with patience and she gave him a chance to prove who he really was unlike most people
When Hattie watches her videos from when she was little, she gets nostalgia and wishes she could be back in the past.
Hattie antagonizes her grandmother when she tries to prove her point to her that Adam should be treated like another human being.
Hattie was an amazing niece to Adam because she gave perpetual attention and help to him throughout his stay at her house.
Not only did Hattie give Adam a perpetual amount of help and attention, but she also extrapolated kindness and acception.
I wonder if Hope will fit in her new town, and if she does, will she forget about her friends at home? (15).
Maybe Hope's name is Hope because she's an important symbol in the book (4).
Hope moves from NYC all the way to Wisconsin, so I'd like to see if she's better off in her old city life, or her new suburban life (5).
It's crazy how Hope only just started working as a waitress, and she's already getting loved by the customers and is persuading them to eat more. Maybe she is Hope, like her name (41).
According to her thoughts, it seems as if Hope has a disease. Does she? (30).
Not only is Hope getting an audience on her first day on the job, but she is also getting an enemy and competition (27).
The diner Hope works at is "the best diner in America", so I think this diner will become important eventually symbolically throughout the book for Hope (14).
Hattie obviously is having a hard time adjusting to her new environment because she is screaming and shouting about how she was only born to live her life in the city (11).
1/10/15 Sophie Blumenfeld
In the book A Corner of the Universe, Hattie is an only child who only sees her grandparents and her parents. Her life is in black and white and she lives the same routine every single day; even in the summer, although summer is expected to be a time of change. But she’s really not an ordinary kid. She actually stands out of her family, but to her family she clashes. Every summer she always winds up having feasts every night at her grandparents’. Only that this summer will finally be different for twelve year old Hattie. Infact, it will be phenomenal in a variety of ways.
For the first time ever in her life, Hattie’s parents introduce her to her uncle Adam. Hattie is upset that her parents have never told her about Adam, and she knows that there must be a reason behind why they never did so. Adam is definitely unique. He gets overly excited over things and can’t control his feelings. He is either too happy or too angry or sad, no inbetween. Adam also has a short temper and tends to act very much like a child. What makes Adam even more different is that Hattie’s mother and her grandparents are proper, dainty, boring, snobby people who are rich and never have any emotion or express their feelings. They’re also bothered by people who aren’t their kind. Yes, Hattie may be their granddaughter/ daughter and Adam may be their son/ brother, but they still get isolated from their family. Hattie and Adam hang out for about a month and discover each others’ differences and similarities. Both of them are aware that they are somewhat being discriminated against their family. Hattie one day wants to take Adam to the circus where her friend will meet him for the first time. As expected, everyone says that Adam must be in the house at all times.
Hattie decides to sneak Adam out of the house with her. She continues to do this for weeks. Hattie’s friend Leila has a mind like her and thinks that Adam is truly someone who is misunderstood. Hattie agrees one hundred percent with Leila. Hattie decides that night that she should speak her feelings and for Adam and herself. She is sick and tired of her parents propaganda and them trying to convince her and Adam that it is not okay for them to be themselves. But they’re the only ones who are being honest with their identity.
Hattie spills to her family the thoughts that he’s been hiding all these years. They tell her to go in her room and to never come out. On her way up, she tells Adam the outcome of the situation. His face has no explanation whether he’s sad, angry, or has just given up. That night, Adam finds out a girl that he’s always loved doesn’t love him back. On top of that, his own family won’t accept who he is even after all these years. The next day, Adam hangs himself. When he dies is when the whole family finally opens up. They all said in tears how they truly loved him and he was always amazing and that they wouldn’t have had him any other way. But when he was alive, they were hiding their feelings, afraid to let them out in case of any judgement. But they should’ve been honest with themselves and others because they never know when the ones they love and didn’t share their feelings with will leave the world. Which is why it’s so important to be honest with your identity. Hattie was honest with her identity and showed love to everyone in her family including her friend. When Adam died, she didn’t have any regrets because she was honest with him from the start. Hattie was always honest with her identity, while her family wasn’t, therefore they regret not doing so. Hattie was an individual, but in a good way. One of the many things that someone can learn from this book is that individuality is a proof of honest identity.
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