But Pattyn Von Stratten is not like most teen girls. The basic plot is that of a strictly religious mormon family, the father is a violent drunk and the mother takes the beatings and verbal abuse simply because she is a woman and her husband is in charge of her. At first as I read the book I got too cozy with it, I assumed like with so many other books, that this one would end up happy, that somehow the main character would get out of her own personal hell and have a better life. Ellen Hopkins writing keeps the reader intrigued because the story is so relatable, even if something like what Pattyn is going through has never happened to the reader. Pattyn's father is evil, pure evil.
Hunters kill rabbits, a deer, and a cougar that's been killing cattle. Firstly, I didn't realise it was in verse form and when it arrived I was a bit reluctant to begin seeing as my past experiences with novels in verse are Dante's Inferno and Paradise Lost. And I, allegedly being a good Mormon girl, was supposed to keep my feminine thoughts pure. I can't help but feel that these types of family situations only make things worse on these children in the long run. But is it to hell or to a better life? Compare and contrast Derek and Ethan. The bishop of my ward is a warm, humble, compassionate man.
I want my readers to know I am not anti-religion. Love with all your heart. Let's not forget, it's run by mortals. She does not work outside the home, but she takes joy in the work of raising her six children and works easily as hard as my dad does. I finally finished last semester well and I am back to having a little bit of freedom.
I understand that there's this cult of people who love Ellen Hopkins' novels, and I didn't mind that it was written in verse - thought it was fine, and the verse accentuated all of the dramatic moments in a cool way. Ethan got her a nice gift too. And with each day nearing Pattyn's departure, their lovemaking becomes riskier and more rushed. Readers will become immersed in Pattyn's innermost thoughts as long-held secrets are revealed, her father's beatings take a toll on her mother and sister, and Pattyn surrenders to Ethan's love with predictable and disturbing consequences. When I finished it, the first thing I saw was something talking about how this book was purely fictional. The message came through loud and clear: Women are inferior.
Oh, and kudos to for taking the time to defend a religion not his own from inaccurate representation. Now that her children are growing up she is trying to get a degree in interior design from home. It all started with a dream. But is it to hell or to a better life? Even if I had, I would still not expected what I got. I dreamed about Justin last night. Pattyn Von Stratten is a teenage Mormon, and from the very beginning, you can see that that lifestyle is not for her.
Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. . I had watched women crushed beneath the weight of dreams, smashed. Unable to stifle her rage, Pattyn acts out as never before and is suspended from school. Eventually, she starts to experiment with dating Derek without her parents' knowledge. No one would really talk to her, and she didn't have any friends. I don't think he cares about religion one little bit.
The Storyline 17-year old Pattyn Von Stratten is the oldest child in a Mormon family which consists of an alcoholic and abusive father and an extremely overwhelmed mother. The content was intense and emotional. He's a drunk abusive father and deserves no sympathy for what he does in this book. I had witnessed bone-chilling abuse, no questions, no help, no escape. Especially when Brother Crandell I think - I don't have the book to hand told Pattyn that the only way she could be redeemed for being born female is to fulfill God's wishes and have lots of babies because that's a woman's role.
I am not trying to claim that we don't have families with abuse in them, or problems with gossip or judging or alcoholism. After Pattyn's father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control until Pattyn ends up suspended from school and sent to live with an aunt she doesn't know. She had two children; Jason and Cristal. Pattyn is supposed to find salvation and redemption during her exile to the wilds of rural Nevada. She was so kind to Pattyn. There is a lot more to it, but I'm not going into all of it.