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  1. Hi everyone! My name is Katie Cameron. I’m a business major here at USCB and also a senior. This discussion post references the part one of “Girl at War” by Sara Novic. I found the film, Once Brothers, and the first part of this novel highly informational. I had no idea that something to this extent happened in that country. I think it is very interesting to look into the normality that was in Yugoslavia. I think sometimes when a country goes into a civil war or has a national emergency the news, people, and society in general focuses on the bad that is occurring at that moment, which is normal and I understand that. However, the movie and the novel provided shows life beforehand. It shows the childhood of the main character in Girl at War which we can compare to the main characters in the Once Brothers film, at how normal their lives were before. It is strange to look about that. Even though we are not facing the problems of open warfare flooding everywhere in our country, we can still grasp somewhat of a concept of this. I look back on myself and the way I thought in January and February of this year. I thought of how I would plan events weeks and weeks in advanced due to the thought of them happening. After the COVID epidemic it is interesting to watch my values and understanding of life change. I think that a lot of people can relate to this. The epidemic caused a lot of stress, hurt, pain, but it also showed us to slow down and take life by moment. Although this is very different to the circumstances of Girl at War and Once Brothers, it still makes you sit back and think. None of those people in that country or the communities that surrounding thought that it could get to the level that it did. It makes me wonder and consider how that could happen to our country. Even the mentioning of football games and how this can relate to the basketball games mentioned in Once Brothers. How simple life like that seems. Watching sports that you and your peers or just other fellow human beings may play that changes into full on warfare all around those same people. I loved Exit West and thought that book really opened my eyes to many concepts, however I also love how we are going around to different world regions and touching on the various situations that have arisen in the past and how those individuals moved through them. It is interesting to think what was happening here in the states while that was happening as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this book thus far as well as the film given. Thank you! I’m excited to read the other responses and what you all think of this book. Have a great day!

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  2. Hi, everyone! This is Lauren Roberts. I am an English major at USCB doing my 3rd year. This post is about looking at part one of “Girl at War” by Sara Nović. So far I am enjoying both the book and I really liked the movie “Once Brothers” that we had to watch. I can compare both stories pretty well and how they are similar or different. Both stories look at how life was normal until war was about to happen. One story was during a young girl’s childhood, when she was only ten years old, Once Brothers was about 2 best friends who sadly broke apart once the war began. I’ll admit, Katie, now that you think about it, these situations are similar to what we’re going through, only instead of war, it’s a virus. I remember back before January that life was normal, you can do whatever. And now you’re trapped in your home for the time being. Similar to both stories, only things change just before a war. Both situations caused a lot of stress and pain. We can clearly see it in the movie and the book. And I can sympathize what they’re going through. Reading Girl at War part 1 brought back quite a few memories of when I was a 10 year old. Since there was never a war or pandemic at that time, it wasn’t easy for me to sympathize what Ana was going through. She was so young, didn’t quite understand what was happening, wars are a scary thing. I can’t wait to keep reading and she how she is as a college student in part 2. So far, I’m loving the story. Once Brothers was a great movie too and I might consider rewatching it. Also, after watching the Break up of Yugoslavia, the main thing that surprised me was I never knew Yugoslavia doesn’t exist anymore. I’ve heard of the country in the past but never anything about it no longer existing. I’ll definitely rewatch that video since I have many questions. Anyway those are my thoughts about Girl at War and Once Brothers. I can’t wait to see what everyone else thinks about this story. I’m enjoying everything so far and am excited to continue reading the story. Have a good night, everyone!

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  3. Hello everyone, my name is Kalea but I go by Oriana and my friends call me Oreo. I am a freshman here at USCB, I’m majoring in business administration. On page 8 in the novel it talks about how Anas dad mentions cleansing the land and how he kept repeating it which is kind of foreign to Americans because we are a very diverse country and cleansing land is just not something typical. I feel it is important because he repeated it more than once, the exact line is,” he was saying something about cleansing the land, repeating it over and over.”. Cleansing land is typically something very spiritual and important to certain religions. The dad mentioning that the land needs to be cleansed could be foreshadowing that something is wrong or coming and that the land needs to be cleansed in order to prevent the bad thing from happening.

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    1. I’m glad you brought that up because I was thinking the same thing! If the line is repeated over and over it means danger is approaching or like you stated: foreshadowing. However, I wonder what danger besides the raid, he could be referencing?

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  4. HI everyone, my name is Starr. I’m a computational science senior taking world literature. I’ll be writing about part one of Girl At War. The kind of childhood that’s established in this book is vastly different than what we may be used too but at the same time, we currently relate (a little). When reading this book I found myself thinking “why are they still in school?”. And during this pandemic I’ve been asking the same question. I do wonder what it’s like for children that don’t really know what grade school was like before the pandemic. Will they ever know the joys of recess and hand games? I liked how the american doctor was described and how different and foreign she was. It helped put things in perspective. This book so far reminds me a little of the book thief and how as things around them were drastically changing they still had to go to school and play and grow. I’m really interested in how this book will move further. Good night group.

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  5. Hey, everyone! It’s Lauren again. I just finished reading everyone’s discussions and I can see that we can all agree that the war Ana is going through is similar to how Covid-19 is for us. I had a discussion with someone else about it earlier today when I brought up Girl at War. Ana’s childhood was pretty much ruined cause of the war that happened in Croatia. She didn’t get a chance to have a normal life. Just like us in Covid, last semester and this semester, everything changed. We don’t get to have a normal semester. I’m reading part 2 in Girl at War and poor Ana can still feel the pain from when she was a child. Huge, disturbing events like that can haunt you for a very long time. I’m sure that years later after Covid, I’ll feel the same way a little, or a lot. I can definitely say that Ana is my favorite character in the book since I can relate with what she’s going through, but instead of war, we’re going through a virus, which is also scary. Anyway, I’m glad we can all agree that her feelings in her situation is similar to our situation. Can’t wait to see your 2nd posts and have a good night!

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  6. Hello group, I really enjoyed reading everyone’s responses especially Lauren’s and Starr’s. They both related the situation going on in the novel with what is going on in America right now with the virus. When reading the novel, it did not cross my mind at all how the war and the virus put us in similar situations like in the novel. Lauren mentioned one of the similarities is how life was so different before the event happened and her comment on that put me into deep thought and made me realize just how hard the war must have been on the Croatian people. I could barely survive quarantining without going crazy so I could only imagen what war must be like especially in the mind of a 10-year-old girl. The comparison rally helped me connect with the book more and helped me imagen what the Croatian people are going through.

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  7. Hi everyone! Katie here. I loved reading all of your posts and getting a better understanding of how each of you perceived the novel we are reading as well as the film we watched. You all touched on points that made me sit back, think, and also reflect. I also thought it was awesome how we could all connect on the fact that some parts within this story we can connect with due to coronavirus while other parts we feel as though we can’t relate to. Lauren, I thought it was very interesting that you said you couldn’t relate to what Ana was going through due to her age being 10 during a disaster in her country. I think that is an awesome point to make. I also feel this way about this novel and in real life. I go to Haiti on mission trips. Some of my best friends who live down there were 10/11 years old when the 2010 earthquake hit. At 10 years old I was extremely privileged to be able to be playing around outside, riding bikes, and with my barbies then to be worrying about what meal I was going to eat next or where I was going to go. Therefore, it is difficult to grasp a concept of her thoughts as a ten year old vs what we think now as young adults during the pandemic. Also, Makayla I loved how you mentioned the cleansing of the land and how it is not only mentioned just one time. It is something that I didn’t initially pick up on but I’m so glad you mentioned it. I think those lines can be used to be understand themes in the book. Lastly, Starr, I really enjoyed reading your post and how you mentioned that you didn’t know what grade school was like prepandemic. I know for me personally I could get caught in the head space of poor me, graduating during a pandemic. But in reality, poor 1st graders, who don’t get to experience school or recess or laughing with your friends when your supposed to be paying attention. I took those years for granted. I loved all your posts! Thank you!

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  8. Hi everyone! It is Katie again. Here is my third and final post. I have really enjoyed reading your responses and getting a better understanding of the way we all perceived the book in similar and different ways. I think it is great to collaborate and be able to virtually come together to discuss this book although we can’t have a face to face classroom discussion. I’m not exactly sure why but reading this book gave me a similar feeling to reading and watching the Hunger Games books. Maybe, something in younger Ana reminds me of the warrior in Primrose and something in the older college student Ana reminds me of the hero in Katniss. To connect this correlation deeper, there is a song from the Hunger Games movies by Taylor Swift and it is called Safe and Sound. If you get the chance to look it up, do so! It reminds me of the entire vibe of this book. Also, I tried so hard to think of a better descriptive word than vibe but that is the only one I could think of to make the point I’m trying to get across. On another note, one thing I love about this book, which reminds me of the style of writing from the hunger games books, is the detail. There are so many added in details that describes the world around them and it makes the book so much more intriguing. An example from the text at the beginning of chapter five states, “Summer gave way to fall in the abrupt, unbeautiful way Zagreb always changed its seasons. The leaves turned only brown before falling, and the sky looked like it had been whitewashed with a dirty rag.” I’ve never in my life looking at the fall leaves changing and thought how “unbeautiful” and “abrupt” it was. I think this shows not only details about the environment around the characters but also character development within them and the pain they were encountering. I really enjoyed this book and excited for the future of this class! Thanks y’all. – Katie Cameron

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  9. Hi everyone, it’s Lauren again, with my last post. I enjoyed reading everyone’s thoughts and comments about the book. The book is amazing and I’ll definitely re-read it in my spare time. Reading part one of the book reminded me of one quote from the “Fire Emblem: Three Houses” first trailer at timestamp 0:50 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkux5h0PeXo&t=53s) which said, “Such a brutal and irrational world we live in.” It reminded me of the terrible things that went on in Ana’s life. And even now, the world we live in is a mess. Ana went through a lot, since the war happened as a child, she never got a chance to live like a normal girl with a happy life. Even when she grew up as a college student, the old memories still haunt her. That’s completely understandable since war can cling with you forever and change your life completely. So far, I’m enjoying the book, can’t wait to read the rest of it and see what happens and I hope you guys are having fun reading it as much I do. Goodnight everyone!

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