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In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-ol...
Lexi's comment, April 8, 2013 2:23 PM
I believe the central theme of this story is the ability to change, this book shows you that even though you’ve had trials in your life you still can be made new again. The beginning of Lucky is the event that changes Alice’s life forever, but then at the end of the book we see the 180° change Alice makes in her life. I know this because at one point in the book Alice simply says, “I made it”. These 3 simple words hold a world meaning, by her saying that she’s made it means that she’s put her tragic assault behind her, she’s come to the realization that her rape doesn’t define her. At this point in the book she is turning the corner so to say. I also know this book is about ability to change and be made new again because at the very end of the book she is talking about herself, her boyfriend and the sex they had and he said, “it was almost virginal, like you were having sex for the first time”. This quote shows that he views on her life have changed because right after her rape, she doubted that sex with someone she loves wouldn’t be how it’s “supposed” to be. That intimacy would be tainted, yet, now we see that it’s not.
Lexi's comment, April 9, 2013 2:26 PM
I would recommend the book Lucky to anyone; it is such a good book that anyone would enjoy it. In this memoir Alice writes in a way that people can almost feel as though they know her and were apart of her life. Although this book is a very great book the beginning of it is extremely difficult to read due to her descriptive writing style. The central topic of the book isn’t just Alice’s rape, it’s about how to overcome trials in your life, that opened the door for me to relate to the book. I’ve been through some difficult times in my life but I’ve now overcome them and am happier than ever, at the end of the book, Alice has overcome her trauma and is finally happy and moving on with her life. Therefor, anyone could relate to this heart-felt book about trauma, justice, change, and moving on, since these are all topics that people can relate to in one way or another.
Alexis's comment, April 12, 2013 2:26 PM
This book sounds really good! I like how it's by the same Author as my book, The Lovely Bones. I like that you put quotes in here too!
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Canadian teen commits suicide after alleged rape

Canadian teen commits suicide after alleged rape | Lucky-Independent Reading |
Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old high school student from Halifax, Nova Scotia, hanged herself after an alleged gang rape. Her mother said the girl was bullied for more than a year and called a “slut.” Parsons was taken off life support Sunday.
Lexi's comment, April 11, 2013 2:31 PM
This video that aired on CNN news is about a young girl named Rehtaeh Parsons who was allegedly raped by multiple men at a party, then later committed suicide. After her rape, Rehtaeh was a victim of bullying and blamed for what happened to her. This video relates to the book Lucky because both of these cases show the negative affects that an assault such as rape has on a person. In Lucky you see how Alice struggles throughout most of the book to overcome the thought that she will always be defined by her sexual assault. In this news report we hear how school just got too unbearable for Rehtaeh after her assault that she actually had to change schools. Another example of how these two relate is because both of them address the issue that the police aren’t doing the best job they can in really helping people get their attackers prosecuted/claiming they can’t press charges for various reasons. We specifically see this in Lucky when Alice says, “It seemed the wrongs I’d done were endless”. She says this when she is talking with the police and the investigators, they were making her feel like she was somehow to blame for what she happened to her and when they were going the identifying process she couldn’t identify the attacker right away so they doubted her to an extent. This shows how the police don’t necessarily take these cases as seriously as the victims do since they aren’t affected by it.
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Student Resources In Context - Document

Student Resources In Context
Lexi's comment, April 10, 2013 2:05 PM
This article describes the circumstance that, “victims of violence, rape and sexual assault flooding our health system, more often than not, they are at the mercy of inexperienced doctors working in busy, under-staffed casualty wards.” If you didn’t know, when you are a victim of violence such as rape and sexual assault you get tests done by doctors to see if there’s any DNA on you from your attacker, for sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) and for other things. This article explains how the amount of victims of violence is growing but we don’t have enough experienced doctors to keep up with the demand. Consequently, these victims are left in the hands of doctors and/or nurses who are inexperienced and don’t have the depth in knowledge to properly treat these patients. We see this in Lucky when Alice is brought to the hospital and she is helped by a nurse at first and she has to wait a while for the gynecologist to arrive to preform the standardized tests on her.
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Crash Into Me

Crash Into Me | Lucky-Independent Reading |
In September 2005, Liz Seccuro's world turned upside down when she received an apology letter from the man who had raped her twenty-two y...
Lexi's comment, April 9, 2013 2:16 PM
The book Crash Into Me strongly relates to the book I read, Lucky. This is so because both books are memoirs of young woman in college who have been victims of sexual assault. In Crash Into Me, Liz Seccuro was a victim when she was a freshman in college at the University of Virginia and in Lucky Alice Sebold was a victim when she was attending Syracuse University. They are also connected because in both of the books these young girls are striving to find justice and prosecuting their attackers. However, in Crash Into Me Liz receives an apology letter 22 years after her assault from her attacker, through this letter she is able to identify him and begin the process of prosecuting him. In Lucky, Alice knows who her attackers is but struggles to prosecute him since she is just another case in a stack of papers to the cops and investigators. Though these two woman have different struggles in prosecuting their rapists, they have one common hurdle they both have to over come, they are fighting for something that is very important to them, while to the investigators they are just another case.
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Central Park Amphitheater

Central Park Amphitheater | Lucky-Independent Reading |
Lexi's insight:

This is a picture of a tunnel in New York’s central park amphitheater. It is significant to the book Lucky because this is the area where the central event of the book happened. Alice Sebold says in the beginning of the book, “In the tunnel where I was raped, a tunnel that was once an underground entry to an amphitheater, a place where actors burst forth from underneath the seats of a crowd”(Sebold1).  Also, I know that the book takes place in New York because she mentions the Syracuse PD. When I think of this book I automatically think back to this scene in the amphitheater because it’s where her rape took place and without this scene being told in the beginning the rest of the book wouldn’t have had as much meaning. This scene makes your heart go out to Alice because you know, so vividly, what happened to her.

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