Kelsey McLennon has lived in Wauwatosa with her two siblings and parents for her entire life. When not busy with school, she enjoys dancing, running, and spending time with friends. She is a sophomore at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, where she is involved in track, cross country, Latin club, and Irish club.
Over spring break I had to read what is probably the most confusing and unusual book that I have ever read. Flatland was written by Edwin A. Abbott in 1884. It is a story about a two dimensional land in which different shapes live and I was assigned to read it for geometry class. Nothing against geometry, but reading a book about shapes was not exactly my dream spring break.
The story is told by a square who has pentagon children and hexagon grandchildren and a line for a wife and a whole bunch of stuff that makes me not understand the attraction of the book, unless you really, really, love geometry. (My brother, a math major in college, had a professor who kept this book on the table in the waiting room outside his office; I personally prefer People magazine.) The book is just a little over a hundred pages long but it took me awhile to read, probably because I kept zoning out and having to go back to read the whole page again.
And even more confusing and comical, they’re making a movie about it.
But, judging from the trailer, the book and the movie are going to be pretty different. In the book, the shapes are not allowed to be colored, and all of the women are simply just a straight line (misogyny?), and all of the houses are just pentagons. But, I guess I’ll just have to go see it when it comes out. Unless I have to pull weeds, get my wisdom teeth out or clean my room.