Happy!!

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Who is the happiest in the world? We need to know these things, you know.  According to OECD : Austria, Denmark, Canada, Norway, and Switzerland are the top 5 happiest countries in the world. The US is ranked 17th, citing income inequality, as the main reason for the low ranking. Categories that were evaluated include GDP, income equality/inequality, health care, ect. Number friendly factors.

I came across this article, and I thought it was interesting. Apparently, GDP is used as the main index to measure a nation’s happiness. Even though it overlooks other significant factors, like…..happiness. This article addresses the problem with the categorical data used to determine happiness. It suggests using actual, “happiness”, and other subjective factors to determine how happy a country really is. As in actually asking whomever, “How happy are you?”. Because not all country/people have the same happiness regardless of GDP and income and such.

The problem with this, according to the article, is there is no consensus on the distribution and how to quantify happiness, because no one has really thought of using this type of data to asses happiness. These types of surveys are conducted for a reason, and the article discourages using inaccurate assessments to guide policy. RIGHT.

Hidden by Helen Frost

Hidden

About/Review: Wren is an 8 year old girl, who becomes friends with Darra in a weird way. Darra’s dad steals Wren’s mom’s car with her in it, drives it to his house, and kidnaps Wren without knowing. Wren becomes captured in Darra’s garage, and Darra realizes that there is a girl in the stolen car. Wren and Darra become friends without ever seeing other, and Darra does nice things for Wren, like leaving her food. Wren escapes after a while with the help of Darra’s cat.

This part of the book was had lots of suspense and got my attention right away. I couldn’t put the book down as soon as Wren got kidnapped by Darra’s dad. I also like how the author had animal characters that were very important to the story, like Archie, the cat.

Years and years go by, Wren and Darra are now 14. Wren and Darra meet each other in a summer camp. At first they don’t talk to each other, then they found out they are in the same cabin. Wren notices that Darra is treated differently because she is poor. So, after a while, they become friends, they talk about what happened back in Darra’s garage, and at the end Darra introduces Wren to her mother.

I liked this part because I wanted to know how Wren and Darra felt about what happened and about each other. I liked how Wren forgave Darra’s dad and I liked how Darra forgave Wren for all of the bad things that she created for her family, like getting her dad sent to prison. I didn’t like how Darra’s went prison, cause he was just trying to get money for his family and no one accepted him. But, I didn’t like how he hit his wife and Darra. This book was very interesting and I like how it was written from Wren and Darra’s sides.

Favorite Character: Wren, because she sees the best in people.

Favorite Theme: Lend a helping, Friendship, Forgiveness, Love

Favorite Part: When Darra introduces Wren to her mom.

Least Favorite/Dislike: When Darra’s dad hit his wife and Darra.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

PS: Bluefish was boring and I didn’t like it, so I took it back to the library, and read this one instead. Sorry, mom.

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