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Labella, R.

If you were to talk to the author, what would you want to know?

posted May 18, 2010, 10:50 PM by Ronnie LaBella

If I were to ask the author ANYTHING, personally I would originally ask why he wanted to make a book based off the movie “Slum Dog Millionaire”, just to see what interest they got out of the movie and what they saw in the movie that made them want to write a book about it. If I were to tell them my personal opinions, I would obviously tell them that this book is uninteresting, to me at least, but I would do it in a kindly manner, because I’m not a rude person, I would give them some advice n making it more interesting, obviously I’m no book author, but I would let them know that they should make it more suspenseful and thrilling, even though it was written in “thriller” style, it could have been more thrilling and more exciting, to me. The last opinion I would give is on the next book, don’t base it off a movie/ game show, make something unique that hasn’t already been done, because there is already the game show, then there is the movie about the game show, then there is the book about the movie about the show, which is too much on the show.

Overall—how did you experience the book while reading it? Were you immediately drawn into the story—or did it take a while? Did the book intrigue, amuse, disturb, alienate, or irritate, you?

posted May 18, 2010, 10:11 PM by Ronnie LaBella

This book, to me, was not very interesting, at all! Throughout the book, the one thing that came to my mind most is how ridiculously ironic it was and is that his life had the hints and exact clues he needed to answer the questions asked. I think that this book could be a lot more interesting if his life wasn’t so ironic towards the questions and it was more action pact, only giving him hints about the answer making him struggle on each question, but barely making it to the final question and having the biggest struggle with that question. I also think that he should have had more near death experiences to keep me (the reader) on the edge of my seat, because throughout this book, the only time I really ever felt like reading on was the coin toss at the end, I was anxious to see/read what happened after he tossed it to see if he had the right answer or not. I also feel that this book should have started with a bang, such as instantly into a near death experience, or something along those lines, then it should have ended with an even bigger bang, like him almost dying because he tried to escape with his money, or something along those lines, just to spice up the book that much more to keep the reader wanting to read the book.

If you could insert yourself as character in the book, what role would you play?

posted May 7, 2010, 2:57 PM by Ronnie LaBella

If I were to play a character the book, I would be the character that kills Ram Mohammad or at least comes close to it. I fell that it would be a major plot twist to the story making it more exciting and enjoyable. The books need to be more exciting, whether its with violence or even with closer, more “near death” experiences. This book does have some intense experiences that Ram goes through, but something more intense and more exciting needs to be added, something so intense, that it makes the reader WANT to keep reading. I as a character would do something in the W3B studio, while they’re on the show, I would be someone that is leading a mob and have my “hit man” do something IN THE STUDIO that is outrageously unexpected.

Why did the author(s) choose to write this book?

posted Apr 22, 2010, 12:22 PM by Ronnie LaBella



From what I have been reading and what I have learned generally about the author and the book, I think the author obviously based the book off the show “ Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. The game show “ Who Wants to be a Millionaire” is about answering a certain amount of questions and winning a million dollars if you answer all of them correctly, hence the name “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. Other inspirations for the book are the “hole in the wall” project, this was a project where kids taught THEMSELVES to learn and understand how to use computers or laptops without any intervention from the experiments. The author wrote the book within 2 months while still finishing a diplomatic assignment in London, making writing the book that much harder to do. After a couple of chapters were done being wrote, the author sent several chapters to 10 literary agents being rejected until the 11th agent accepted it and lead it on to be published. Originally the book was written in the style of “thrillers” to keep the reader interested in the book and “keep turning pages.” I think the authors background has a huge effect on the story behind this book because he has been an Indian diplomat, as well as a USA, Ethiopia, south Africa and Japan diplomat all around the world, this giving him different perspectives around the world and giving him experiences that help write this book. Mixing these experiences with the game show “ Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, this makes what could be successful book. 

What factors cause conflict between Enrique and Lourdes? How do they seek to overcome these factors?

posted Apr 9, 2010, 11:39 PM by Ronnie LaBella

    I think some of the main factors that "mess up" their relationship is the fact that Enrique feels that she isn't his mother and that she shouldn't be the one to treat him with discipline because she didn't raise him.  I think that if Lourdes never left him, their relationship would have been like a normal mother son relationship, and I also think that if Lourdes stayed, Enrique would have never started drugs such as glue or marijuana. The major reason that I see for their “messed up” relationship is that Enrique thought it would be better and all his problems would be solved because he finally gets to be with his mother, and his whole mission was “a success”.  But after about 3 months of this arguing and being in the united states, Enrique realizes that he needs to help get to his wife/girl friend and daughter so he could support them and be there for them unlike his mother did for him. He soon “cleans up his act” and gets everything straight in his life and starts doing things like cutting back on alcohol and marijuana so he could be “clean” when he finally sees Marie Isabel. By Enrique cleaning up his act, it makes him become a better person to his mother and to himself, he starts being “nice” and listening to his mother, and stays away from all the partying, and works and work so he could go back to Honduras and see his family.

Who is the most important character in this story? Why?

posted Mar 21, 2010, 9:33 PM by Ronnie LaBella

    In the story "Enrique’s Journey", the obvious answer to this question is Enrique, and even if the "planned" reader hasn’t started reading the book, they would most likely guess Enrique as the most important character in the story because his name is in the title. The story, so far, is revolving around Enrique and his life since his mother left him because she migrated to America to work and try to support Enrique by sending him money for food and cloths, but Enrique is so attached to his mother, he needed to go find her, hence the name “Enrique’s Journey”. But the story talks about Enrique’s life before he made the decision to go find his mother, it talked about the struggles he went through like the drug addiction, and the family problems he was having, which caused him to be kicked out of the house he was staying in. So far the whole story has been about Enrique, and if it wasn’t about Enrique, it would probably be his girlfriend because the part of the book I’m in, she is just setting out to go find Enrique, that would be the next closes important character in my eyes. After the book starts, it’s clear that the story is going to be about Enrique because quickly builds up suspense to his mothers leave, with clues like his mother not giving him hugs, or trying to avoid him so he wouldn’t get attached, when it does the exact opposite and makes him more attached.

How did this book make you feel about your own life?

posted Mar 15, 2010, 1:43 PM by Ronnie LaBella

    -This book made me see life in a different perspective because when I compare my life to theirs, I got it made, where they have to work... for everything! I came to realize that I need to respect the things that I have and understand that some people (like the lost boys) have nothing but what they can get. In the book the boys go from having what is "everything" to the, to barely able to survive and get out of Sudan. Compare that to my life, I don’t have to work for anything yet, they had to work since they were kids, I don’t have to run from death all the time, they barley survived the war and escaped death. I think a lot of people don’t realize what they have when they’re given things, until they have an experience like the lost boys did, because the boys had nothing, trying to find any food they can, walking miles at a time barefoot, where we get all our stuff handed to us by our parents until we are adults. Its hard for people  to understand how lucky they can be, and one way to do that is by realizing something like the lost boys.

-What pictures does the author leave in your mind?

posted Mar 8, 2010, 8:01 PM by Ronnie LaBella


            While reading “They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky”, the author(s) give great detail in almost everything they describe. They authors give really close details that make you picture what is happening in your head, for example, when the boy was being castrated, the way they explained being dragged onto the table and feeling the pain makes the reader visualize what is happening at that time. As the story goes on, this imagery the authors give almost seems like it gets more and more detailed as it goes on, which I think is because the boys or the authors get older and more “vivid” stuff happens or more “big deals” happen and it’s easier to visualize. Also I think the way they explain what is happening throughout the book gives the most and best visualizations because when you can understand the words that they say, and the context that they put it in, I think it gives better imagery because the reader has better understanding on what’s really going on, or like if they are explaining a setting and the reader is able to understand what they are saying, then they will be able to “see” the setting or the area and have a better understanding, than a reader that wouldn’t understand the context or words. I think that visualizing what you are reading overall helps you better understand the story in general because it’s basically like putting what your reading into a movie in your head.

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posted Mar 1, 2010, 1:49 PM by Ronnie LaBella

-What was the funniest/saddest/strangest thing that happened? Why


            I think the funniest thing that has happened in They poured Fire is when one of the boys gets the pet monkey and treats it like one of his own, BUT THEN he kills the monkey by accident by shoving the monkey up against the tree and killing the monkey. I think this is funny because they were messing around and it was just ironic that the monkey died when the boy was treating it the way he was. I think the saddest thing in the story is the fact that the boys are almost always starving through out the whole book, and they fact that they keep getting separated. This is sad because they are all very young and get separated at a very young age and have to fend for themselves at such a young age. The strangest thing in this book is something I learned that when they ate food without water they got dehydrated and some of them died and some came close to it, they also became really close to blindness and really sick. 

About ME!

posted Feb 18, 2010, 3:12 PM by Ronnie LaBella

Hi, my name is Ronnie and I am 15 years old. I go to Kearny High DMD, and do like it in this school, I really like all the teachers, they are all very nice unless they need to be mean, which is not often. I think that the school in general is very helpful in the sense that you can “fast track” to the community college mesa right don the street, and I think it is very helpful because you can get some of your college classes out of the way. Outside of school I do eat and I love to eat, I like most kind of foods, spicy is, in my opinion, the best kind of food, but food is always the best. My hobby or hobbies revolves and motorcycles, I love anything and everything that has to do with motorcycles, dirt bikes specifically. I do race and I hope that I go somewhere with what I have done in this sport. I think that I am good at it, I work very hard at it, and hopefully it all pays off. I am a very family person, I love hanging out with my family, I like hanging out with other peoples families, and I do like talking with other people and there families and getting to know different peoples. People do not believe me when I say that my uncle is the guitar player of P.O.D but it is true and he is a family person himself along with the rest of my family. All in all the point of this was for you to know more about me and what I do, and I hope that you have a pretty good idea on what I like to do and what I think about things 

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