this is late because i was sick
1) In her memories her mother starts dating an ex-con who is really rude and nasty and then the kids have to move out and away except for Beth who stays with the mother and ex-con.
Rodolpho is a really nice bus driver but he has to take time off from Beth so he has limits to how much Beth can ride with him. He is similar to a bus driver that Beth was close to in the past but nicer. Henry was a new bus driver and Beth helped him a lot and they became really good friends really fast but after a while he couldn’t handle Beth that much and made up a story that people were complaining and it got really out of hand so they aren’t friends any more.
Rachel gets to go to lunch with Jesse and Beth. In this part we learn a lot more about Jesse he is African American and only has one good eye because his other got seriously damaged as a child. He learned karate to protect himself and loves bicycling.
We also learned about how after Beth met Jesse their whole family and Beth made the decision to have her sterilized so she couldn’t have children.
Rachel also recalls memories about Beth in school and how she often did things to cause her embarrassment.
Bus driver Rick also had a crush on Rachel and Beth liked that idea cause she wanted him a brother in law but it didn’t really work out and Estella another bus driver gave them both some very important information.
Rachel had not known a lot about Beth’s condition and one night goes and looks for information and finds a lot of stuff that help her understand Beth.
2) Rachel Simon has won awards for her books and is a public speaker. The book riding the bus with my sister is her most well know. It was also made into a movie. She is currently working on a book called building a house with my husband. Which should be released in 2009. She is known for her public speaking nationally and is often pulled for an inspirational massage often about disability’s because or her great accomplishments with her sister and her book. (http://www.rachelsimon.com/) she was born in New Jersey in 1959 she had one brother and two sisters and had a very difficult childhood. She has also written The Magic Touch Little Nightmares, Little Dreams and The Writer’s Survival Guide. (http://www.pabook.libraries.psu.edu/LitMap/bios/Simon__Rachel.html)
I'm already half way done but I don’t feel like the book has really gone anywhere. She mostly has just been riding the bus with her sister giving information about day-to-day events and information about people with mental disabilities. She has also provided memories about growing up with Beth but they don’t seem that important to me and the stories she tells aren’t that exciting sometimes they do teach a lesion but to me the lesions learned aren’t all that unique or important. This book is very good at describing events and people. The main weakness’ I find though is a lack of plot or rising action I don’t feel like anything great is about to happen or even will. I had a friends with mental disabilities so sometimes I fid similarities between. I often feel bad for Beth because of how people treat her and sometimes I feel bad for people around Beth because sometimes she just doesn’t understand.