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I am definitely not the type of person to sit around and read books all day. So many books are available to read, but one book has really stood out to me. A Separate Peace was one of the best books I have ever read. This book holds a lot of surprises, which seem to be realistic in modern times. I was easily entertained and didn’t want to put my book down at times. A Separate Peace taught me not to become jealous over the little things in life. The two main characters Gene Forrester and Finny were two completely different guys. They quickly saw eye to eye with each other and decided to be friends. I’ve been in the same position before so I understand the compatibility.

One thing I enjoy about this book is that it has such a great plot. Gene Forrester, one of the main characters, is a smart guy but very introverted at times. Finny, the other main character, is very outgoing and has incredible athleticism. The jealousy sets in early in this story. The two guys begin jumping off a tree as a ritual, and one day Gene bends his knee which caused Finny to fall and shatter his leg. At one point I used to be jealous of my friends, and I’ll be honest I thought what would happen if they got hurt. I quickly realized that there is no reason to be jealous of anyone. Being jealous of someone else takes away from who you are as a person and makes you more susceptible to society’s opinions. One of my problems with jealousy is that it doesn’t allow you to be yourself when you’re comparing your life to someone else’s. Even after the tree incident, Gene felt very ashamed and apologetic.

Despite Gene’s plea to Finny that he actually shook the branch on purpose, Finny still doesn’t buy it. Finny wants the best for his friend even though he is indefinitely unable to play sports anymore. He wants Gene to be the best athlete, and they agree Gene should train for the Olympics. When I first read this, I thought it was great that a guy who just had their athletic career ruined wants their best friend to do it for him. He wanted his friend to become better than him, and he didn’t care if he’d get recognition for it. Eventually, some of their other friends began to become speculative of the accident and they called in Gene and Finny for some questioning. This made them both uncomfortable and Finny decided to leave the room. He didn’t want to hear the truth, and he ended up falling down the stairs and breaking his leg again.

In the beginning I didn’t think I would really like this book. The setting was set around WWII and seemed chalked full of information. However, I learned some valuable life lessons; don’t be jealous of other people, and care for others even when you can’t seem to get the job done. Gene’s jealousness eventually caught up to him, and he felt even worse when Finny died during his second operation.

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  1. Bodie St.Clair on March 2nd, 2018 8:55 am

    Great article Caleb! I really enjoyed how you talked about what parts in the book you liked the most. Also I liked how you compared the story to yourself. I also enjoyed A Separate Peace when we had to read it in English class. Nice job!

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