[2015] Alexis May Garcia: Seventh Grade by Gary Soto

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[2015] Alexis May Garcia: Seventh Grade by Gary Soto

Seventh grade by Gary Soto is about a young boy, named Victor, entering his first day of seventh grade, and attempts to catch the eye of his long time crush, Teresa. On the first day back, he tries his hardest to catch her attention, but ends up failing or embarassing himself, like in the scene where he “bumps” into her as they leave the classroom,”She smiled and said, “Hi, Victor." He smiled back and said, “Yeah, that's me.” His brown face blushed. Why hadn’t he said, “Hi, Teresa,” or "How was your summer?” or something nice.”

Seventh Grade by Gary Soto

Plot

I think the theme is “Making Good Impressions”. During the entire story, that has been Victor’s goal, to make a good impression despite how many times he has embarrassed himself, “ She smiled and said, “Hi, Victor." He smiled back and said, “Yeah, that's me.” His brown face blushed. Why hadn’t he said, “Hi, Teresa,” or "How was your summer?” or something nice.”

Theme

Victor - Victor is a young kid just trying his best to catch the attention of the girl he is head over heels for, “ Victor sat calmly, thinking of Teresa, who sat two rows away, reading a paperback novel.”Teresa - Teresa is the sweet young girl that Victor has eyes for. It seems that Teresa is a bit oblivious to the fact Victor likes her, many people know that he likes her. In a scene, he says Teresa’s name, and some girls in the class laugh, because they know he likes her, ““Yes, now somebody give mean example of a person--you, Victor Rodriguez.” "Teresa,” Victor said automatically. Some of the girls giggled. They knew he had a crush on Teresa. He felt himself blushing again.””Michael - He is Victor’s best friend, he also is very focused on impressing a couple of girls with a new move he found in GQ magazine. Although,he is maybe too confident to learn that his new move is not working correctly, like in this scene, ““I think it works,” Michael said. He scowled and let his upper lip quiver. His teeth showed along with the ferocity of his soul. “Belinda Reyes walked by a while ago and looked at me,” he said. Victor didn’t say anything, though he thought his friend looked pretty strange.”

The point of view is written in third person omniscient, the author knows everything of how the characters feel. I believe he wrote it this way so we know all the reason why the characters do what they do. In the part where Mr. Bueller helps Victor, we get his perspective of thoughts unto why he helped Victor: “Mr. Bueller shuffled through the papers on his desk, He smiled and hummed as he sat down to work. He remembered his college years when he dated a girlfriend in borrowed cars. She thought he was rich because each time he picked her up he had a different car. It was fun until he had spent all his money on her and had to write home to his parents because he was broke.”

Point of View

Characters

The mood I got was light, cheery, and heartfelt. The story was very cute love story of a boy with a middle school crush on a girl in his class.

Mood


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