DJ Scharton This book is written in the perspective of a teenagers life. The writers name is Luke Carver and he is seventeen years old. Luke starts the story off by writing “Man, is this lame or what? A seventeen year old guy writing a journal.” (pg3) Luke then starts explaining how he was supposed to be writing in his journal over Christmas vacation but he procrastinated as usual. Its now the day before school starts and he only has half a page written. Luke starts writing about his girlfriend Megan and how beautiful she is. Then he goes into explaining how the tri-meet is coming up this Saturday. It takes Luke awhile to get used to the idea of writing a journal but when he does it starts getting interesting.
Luke tells about one time that he and his friend Hutch went to top-o-the-world (this is like a lookout spot where you can see for miles). When they got up there Hutch says, “Itd be pretty cool to climb down there huh?” (pg. 49) Luke then said, “Wanna do it?” (pg. 50) Hutch then mentioned that Lukes mom kind of made him promise to look out for him. After Luke heard that he got angry and their was no talking him out of climbing down. When they were both done climbing down hutch walked the path to the top and Luke climbed the way he got down. One night Hutch spent the night at Lukes and they were sitting watching television and talking.
As they were talking Luke asked Hutch if he wanted to visit Lenny, party, and find some girls. They got to Lennys but he said he couldnt go to the party because he had a ten-page paper that was due the next day. So they left and went to the party. After awhile of standing around someone yelled out, “Hey, I havent seen you around before.” This person introduced herself as Sherry Keeler and introduced her friend Kate Samuels to Hutch. The only one not drinking was Luke because he had to drive home. Luke and Sherry went back to her room to go have sex and when they got there Luke started thinking twice and said, “Thanks anyway, but I cant do this,” (pg.
77) and he ran out to go find Hutch. He found Hutch and told him that it was time to leave. On the drive home Hutch was so drunk that he puked all over Lukes dads car and passed out. Luke was home one day and decided to take a walk with his dog Daisy. Before he knew it he had walked to what was now his ex-girlfriend Megans house, which was three miles away from his house.
When he looked closer at her house he noticed that Megan was outside on her horse and one of his friends, Tony was also on a horse right next to her. At about this time Daisy jumped away from Luke and went to Megan. When Daisy got there Megan saw here and said, “I wonder where Luke is, because its not like Daisy to run off unless Luke is coming this way. Come on Daisy, Lets go find Luke.”(pg. 116) After they had walked far enough away from Luke he decided to climb up the mountain instead of taking the trail.
When he was about half way up he was trying to hold on when a chunk of ice fell from somewhere above and pierced into his right eye. When this happened he thought “NO! Not again!” Megan and Tony found him finally and brought him up by tying a rope to him and pulling him up with the horses. The falcon was the first book that Ive that was written in a journal-form. I dont necessarily know if this was the best way to tell the story, but it works. I would have rather read it in a third-person form. The authors intent to tell what happened to Luke when he was younger could have been told at the beginning of the story instead of the end.
I didnt like it that Luke would give clues of something happening when he was younger and then cross it off right before he got to the part I wanted to know. But I look at it this way, If it wasnt for this I probably wouldnt have finished the book. It made me want to know what happened. The book is written very well. It sounds like a teenager wrote it instead of an adult. I liked the fact that the author knows how teenagers feel.
Most adults forget what it feels like to be a teenager. The author does seem fair about what she writes. She writes about both sides of being a teenager. She also writes about being mature and in control. My over-all opinion of the book is fair.
It teaches some lessons and has morals also. I would recommend giving the book a chance, I did. Bibliography MLA format: Koller, Jackie French.The Falcon.New York: New York.1998.