Pacific Crossing is The Bomb
Recently I have read pages 37-44 in Pacific Crossing, by Gary Soto and I enjoyed it because finally it got up to the really good part about how Lincoln goes to a dojo and practices with his sensei and the sensei teaches him some moves that I would like to learn and especially when they said gi because it reminds me of when I'm in judo and all the students are wearing gis.
One line from this part of the book that stands out for me is: "Everyone was speaking Japanese." I think this is cool because in my Japanese class we all speak Japanese and I think that is really cool to learn a different language that you never learned before and to study about it as well. Japanese is a hard language to learn and it just doesnt take that fast just to learn. I wish my family was Japanese so I can speak to my parents in Japanese as well. Japanese is so cool!!
Another line that I enjoyed was: "I'm not that strong." This stood out for me because I always think that I am never strong or anything and people also call me weak as well. I never thought as myself to be strong as all especially with all the people calling me weak. I am just a skinny tall person who will be weak forevers. I always thought that to myself and it always bothered me everyday bout how weak I am. Why can't I be like the others? and not be weak. I just hate all this. I then finally realized that everyone is unique in their own way and I am unique in my own way and I dont have to be like the other people.
This section of Pacific Crossing reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I went to my friend's dojo and I saw all those people training and they were all working so hard and I wanted to join in, but they wouldnt let me. I knew why, it was because they were all so skilled and all determined to work and ready to do what was expected from them. The sensei was strict if they did something wrong so all the kids tried to do everything right. Soon the sensei taught me and everything was so hard. I was about to die, but I didnt want to give up because I knew the sensei would yell so I kept on going. There is no such thing as giving up!
What's probably going to happen next is Lincoln and his friend is going to work out again to build up more stamina and strength for kempo so their sensei would be proud of them. I also think that both of them would fight each other to see who is better, but they end up just playing around with each other.
I am looking foward to reading the rest of the book because this book just interests me and catches my attention so much. I never liked a book that much before and especially when this book talks about kempo and Japanese. This book is also so predictable about what is going to happen next. I really enjoy this book.