Despite growing up with my grandparents, I've lived an adventurous life. I'm spending the summer on the road with my mom and brother. My mom's been an on-and-off long haul driver since 1992. I've dabbled in dumpster diving, longboarding, and bracelet making, but writing is the only activity that really holds my interest. I'm a student at the University of Oregon, majoring in German and minoring in creative writing. I expect to graduate in June of 2013.
By Rebecca Freeman
Published: July 25, 2012.
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
This year’s AP English students are notorious for cheating, and their teacher, Ms. Hahn, is desperate to find solid evidence against them. The staff has grown deaf to her claims that the class played a part in the disappearance of the former tenth grade English teacher. It isn’t until the newly-hired German teacher appears as a possible ally that we learn what the class is truly capable of.
Stories from the Psych Ward: Eva's Story
on July 26, 2012
I would recommend this story to anyone who has a family member suffering from depression. It shows a very real side to treatment, and shows realistic characters that a reader can't help but fear and hope for.
The cover and premise peeked my interest, so I gave this story a chance. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing. I grew to care about the characters, and the plot was handled well. I feared for the protagonist at the climax of the story, and I wished for more when I reached the last page.
Donna is a quirky character and wonderful choice of protagonists. The situation she finds herself in is strange, yet the author does a great job of making it believable. Irony sneaks onto the pages, making an otherwise poignant story humorous and entertaining. I look forward to reading more from Beth Carpenter.
I don't think the story description does this piece justice. The story was better than I expected. The descriptions were handled nicely. Although I didn't fear for the protagonist initially, the shift in point of view delivered what was needed, and I shuddered when the protagonist finally encountered the wasps. I would have liked the story better if the shift in POV had been handled more consistently, however.
The story has an interesting premise, but the changes in tense and grammar errors were too jarring. I would also like to see more in-scene characterization. Show the characters interacting more and make the interactions unique. It’s a nice start, however.
This is a very intriguing scene. I can’t help feeling like I’ve been transported to a different and horrific world. I don’t know the rules. I don’t understand what’s happening or why, but it’s captivating nonetheless. Perhaps it has to do with the strength of the prose. I like the descriptions and the mood the scene delivers. If there were more, I’d read it. It might make a good sample, but it’s too incomplete to be a story.
The beginning of the story was so difficult to read that I nearly gave up on it altogether. I’m glad I didn’t though because I would have missed a good laugh. The characters are ridiculous! They’ve been stranded on the side of the road for two days, but are only two miles away from the nearest town. They seem unable to do anything about their situation. I think this story would be much improved if it were titled “Two Idiots on the Side of the Road.”
I really liked this version. I could sympathize with the protagonist (although I pitied her occasionally). Her problems were interesting and believable. Even though most people will expect the girl to find a wolf at the end, the author still gave the reader a surprise. My only suggestion would be to make the girl's "condition" just a little clearer from the beginning.
I wasn't impressed by this story. The narration seemed off, and the events and dialogue were too cheesy. I'm not a surfer, so I don't know if the surfing descriptions were accurate, but I found they were the most enjoyable part of the story.
I highly recommend this story! It has everything I look for in a complete short story: a delightful narrator, intriguing characters, nice physical descriptions, sufficient attention paid to the setting, and a satisfying plot. When I came to the climax of the story, I feared for the protagonist and couldn’t turn my eyes away from the text. Great job!
It feels like Marika is a real person, and the reader is given a rare opportunity to share in her melancholy. I enjoyed the descriptions of the setting and the way the story felt complete in so few words.