My Independent Novel Study 

(Her dare: Pouring water over her head in the middle of the coffee shop)

Vee impresses me how she has the courage to go up in public and do this dare because so far in the book, she is normally a ‘behind the scenes’ type of person. Also, I think that Vee overthinks things. I think this because Matthew implies that she doesn’t have the guts to do the dare as mentioned here, “I’m not doing any dare.” Vee said. Then he said, “I know you won’t” (14). Later in the book it reads, “The game he knew I wouldn’t attempt” (20). This sentence shows that Vee starts to overthink what Matthew says to her. While in the coffee shop, I think that Vee fears being laughed at and judged; that’s why she is so hesitant. Her wants in this scene were most likely just simply to win the pair of shoes she is going to receive after completing the dare. Vee’s internal conflict is that her best friend, Sydney always gets the attention because she is the outgoing, extroverted friend; Vee is jealous, and she wants the attention to be focused on her instead. A connection I can make to Vee is that she decides to take a risk, then she becomes more comfortable with them later in the story. I like to take risks and try something new and exciting, because I know that taking risks is a big part of having a healthy and successful life. Personally, I don’t think that I would do the dare that Vee does because it negatively affects a lot of people. For example, her dare affects the workers who had to clean up after her, it affects herself because now she is all over social media, and it affects the customers who were most likely splashed by the water.

It doesn’t impress me that Vee does this dare because she does not to realize that the dare is hurting those around her. This scene reveals that she is not very good with handling peer pressure, as Ian tells her that “there’s no downside” when it comes to completing the dare (133). He easily convinced her, though she knew that it was a bad idea. I think Vee wants to win a big shopping spree to all her favourite stores, and she wants Ian to like her. Vee fears that this dare will ruin her and Sydney’s friendship, because she has “never confronted Sydney before” (133). I think that Vee’s internal conflict is that she can’t decide whether or not to choose her friends, or her new lifestyle with Ian and the app, NERVE. So far, she has chosen her new lifestyle, which I personally think is the wrong choice. A connection I can make to her is her struggle with peer pressure. I don’t tend to give in to peer pressure but I understand how hard it is to deal with it sometimes. I don’t think that I would do this dare because the ONLY positive outcome was a shopping spree, which is way less important than friendship.



Dad is Dying paragraph  

In my opinion, Sam shouldn’t have lied in the first place because I feel that the negative outcomes seem to outweigh the positive outcomes. Though, I do not strongly feel this way because there were a lot of good things that came out of the lie that Sam told also. For example, in the beginning of the story the father talks about how he is becoming physically and mentally more tired and old. “All Dave saw in the light of Spring were new wrinkles.” Once people thought Dave was dying, they began to be nicer and to compliment him more. This made him feel happier and a lot better about himself. His situation is similar to Morley’s. “An unexpected flurry of budget problems at work meant that she was unexpectedly busy.” Morley felt that she didn’t have enough time to spend and make dinner for her family. Also, she wanted to get to know her neighbors better instead of occasionally seeing them. “The only time she saw her neighbors was as she flew past them in her car.” The story read. Though, after everyone thought that Dave is dying, all the neighbors and Morley are spending more time together. Also, Morley received a lot of lasagna which meant that she didn’t have to make dinner herself! There were some negative outcomes also; Sam’s classmates will probably be very upset and hurt that Sam had lied to them for a long time. Also, all the neighbors and parents who thought Dave was dying will probably be upset too. Even the small characters who weren’t in the story a lot, like the ice-cream lady, will have had her feelings hurt by Sam manipulating her into giving him free ice-cream. Essentially what I am trying to say is that the positive outcomes are mostly positive on the parents, and the negative outcomes are more to do with people’s feelings. In my opinion, I think that people’s feelings should always come first.


Chanel Richards

Why Alex is the best roommate

            I believe that Alex would be the best roommate because not only is she a very well rounded person, but she is very passionate and outgoing also. Since Alex is very active and mentions her love for basketball, I can infer that she is determined, open minded, and an eager person. I, personally, love a new experience and meeting new people and I think that Alex would love to do this with me. She has a big imagination, creativity and new ideas to share, as she mentioned before how much she enjoys English, reading and art. Also, if we are going to be roommates, I need to have a part of the day to relax and settle down. Since Alex and I love reading we can do that quietly in our tent, especially if the other person would like to sleep at that time. Overall, I think that Alex would be a wonderful, well rounded roommate to be spending your time with.


            By Chanel Richards

Digital Footprint Reflection

  • How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? Give at least two examples.
  • It will affect what certain type of job I would be hired for. For example my digital footprint shows how I love tumbling and you might be able to tell that I’m not as interested in gymnastics, as a whole, so a tumbling gym might think I should get their job. As opposed to a gymnastics gym thinking I wouldn’t be a good fit based on what my interests show online.
  • My digital footprint may also affect me getting a job in photography. On my social media, at some point in my life, I’ve posted a picture and talked about my interest in photography so in the future, potentially a photography organization/store might reach out to me o give me an internship, because of what they found on my online.


  • Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.
  • I will not post anything hurtful aiming towards any person online because even if I don’t know the person, they could be related to me in some way. Even if they are not, a lot of people will be able to find what I said and it could affect my career in a number of ways.
  • I will post photos and videos without adding what address or city that it was in because I do not want anyone to find my location and know where I live or live close to.
  • I will only accept people’s follow requests that I know, in person, because I do not want strangers to see my photos and videos on my private account.


  • If you could go back in time, is there anything you would do differently online? Think of what type of advice you would pass on to your younger self or other students. How could you go about explaining it to them?
  • I don’t think that I regret anything that I’ve posted in the past. Though, some advice I’d like to pass down is to never post anything if you are unsure about it. If you’re not completely sure what you’re posting isn’t illegal, mean, or inappropriate then go with your gut instinct and don’t post it because chances are, your gut instinct was right.


-Chanel Richards