Make Your Home Among Strangers Evaluation

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Common read books have been used for years to provide a community amongst students with one book that all students must read. By doing this, it makes stimulating conversations in class easier, and gives all students at least one thing in common they can talk about. It also encourages kids to read things other than textbooks, and provides books that are thought provoking on a more personal level. NIU’s common read book, Make Your Home Among Strangers, is a great common read book for it uses good organization, has full character development, establishes a take away value, and provides relatable aspects within the story.
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This forces a reader to have to re-read the parts that include dialogue multiple times to get a real understanding of what is happening, and it’s for this reason that it is given a 3 out of 4 rating. Overall, the author does a great job of ordering the events in a way that makes the reader easier understand the book, but because of her inability to use quotations to distinguish quotes from narration, it holds back on the book getting a 4 out of 4 on the rubric, due to the fact the reader will have to take extended time to understand parts of the book that aren’t necessarily important.
Part of what makes a book so memorable and great, are the characters that make up the story. For a common read, it is important to have a book that has descriptive, unique characters, and shows growth of these characters throughout the story so that the reader is interested in reading the content. In reference to appendix B, this book deserves a 4 out of 4 rating. An excellent example of the unique characters and their descriptions in this book is in the introduction of a character named Zoila. In the book, the main character Lizet is away for winter break and is going to a family party where we get introduced to her Aunt Zoila. The first scene we get to see her in action is, when Lizet narrates, “Zoila, was now hoisting up her shirt. She pressed her breasts together, each of them encased in a black lace-striped cup; her nipples peeked at us from behind the stripes like neighbors through slats on a fence. She shoved her breasts up under her chin and shouted, Once I have surgery they’ll be ...

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