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Book review: Moral compass by Danielle Steel

Dear readers,

I have decided to provide you with more in-depth reviews of the books that I’m reading, I’ll be using this template which you are more than welcome to copy and paste and use your cells whether it be on a blog or for academic assignment. My answers are in bold

SUMMARY

Narration
• Who narrated the story? Multiple narratives alternating with each chapter
• Was it first-person narration or third-person narration? 3rd person
• Was the narrator a reliable source of information? Yes because the story was about a series of an event that happened to a group of people faced hand and how they attempted to cover it up to save themselves.

Setting
• Note the time period and location the book is set in. The book was set in modern day America involving a previously all boys boarding school for the elite recently to coed
• How did setting drive or influence the plot of the book? Because of when the book was set which was when the me too movement was most prominent in the media, or showed us that just because you’re from a prominent wealthy family doesn’t mean it can be your freedom.

Theme
• Note the overall theme or message of the book. You can’t tar everyone with the same brush. A girl should not be guilty of rape just because she decides to drink with a group of boys it does not make a loose nor promiscuous. Even though one boy committed the atrocious act it is the other boys actions to cover up for their friend that makes them guilty by association. However an ill judged the mistake should not ruin the reputation of prominent young men if they show remorse

Genre
• What genre of literature was it? Contempary fiction/ social criticism
• How did it compare to another work in this genre? Instead of vilifying the young boys who covered up for their friend it shows you that sometimes you must consider the bigger picture of someone’s actions and to know the context before you can pass judgement. In other words make sure you get all sides of the argument.

Author
• Discuss any previous works. She also usually writes romance novels with some moral lesson at the end of them.
• How did previous works compare with this work? This was of course a more relatable and relevant subject due to media developments and although this is written for adults it is from the viewpoints of young teenagers and their families it shows that this problem is not just prominent among adults but young adults as well however. For whatever reason it is not often talked about because a person sexual history is taken into account and is often considered defamation.

Plot
• Give a brief plot summary without giving away any key details.
an elite all boys school goes coed
• on Halloween night a student gets raped
• The friends that were there instead what reporting what happened, covered up with a friend and although the boys in question felt guilty and remorse in the end the actual perpetrator felt that his wealth and privilege would protect him from being convicted.
• The girl who self is not truthful about the events because she is worried that her character would be assassinated on trial and she would be blamed.
• The investigators try to figure out what really happened whilst the school deals with the fallout.

EVALUATION.
• Did you like it? Why? I liked it because it did not immediately lay blame with the girl who was right for getting drunk and provided a much bigger picture as to what happens.
• Dislike it? Why? I found the perpetrator to be arrogant and very much like the stereotype that wealthy private school boys very much are.
• Would you read more by this author? Why or why not? Yes.
• Would you encourage others to read this book? Why or why not? It is important that young adults comes forward about rape and should be encouraged to seek conviction without being blamed because they are not at fault.

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