December 18, 2019

Now that you’ve read my story, I’d love to know what questions you may have. There are six months of my life on the island that weren’t covered at all. I think the author had to keep the word count below a certain number so there wasn’t space. That’s really too bad because I had a lot of adventures during those six months and some of them should have been included, like the time I fell out of a coconut tree while learning how to harvest the sap for making palm sugar. You would never believe how and where I landed. I also made new friends, like Rimbo, who really helped me learn the daily routine of the village. I also became quite an island foodie. It’s strange how your tastes can change when you don’t have the options you are used to. I did think about my favorite foods a lot, especially In-N-Out, my favorite burgers and fries. I like animal style fries and I don’t like lettuce or tomato on my burger. I got real sick from my change of diet after getting home. Maybe I overdid things a little with the burgers and fries. Overall I am eating healthier and more diverse foods. This has given me a new connection to my mom who is uber healthy with her diet. As I said, don’t hesitate to ask your questions and I’ll see what I can do to answer them on this blog.  

Alexander Brooks, age 18

Alexander Brooks, age 18

Hi, I’m Alex Brooks from Culver City, CA. The book Why Save Alexander is about me! Well, it’s also about my Mom and my Dad, and Agnes, Setiawan, Indah and a few others. 

I once learned an acronym from my friend Agnes. It’s what she calls a conversational tool to help you get to know someone when you are first introduced. The acronym is FROM, which stands for Family, Recreation, Occupation, and Memory. So here’s a little more about me…

Family: I don’t always like talking about my family because we are a little messed up. Hopefully that’s changing.

Recreation: My passion is gaming and I hope to become a professional soon. I have a real shot at it, especially since my mom is a television producer and has started a reality show about gamers, starring me — and three other teens. I’m getting lots of exposure and I can’t wait to graduate from high school so I can devote even more time to my sport. 

Occupation: Well, most teens don’t have an occupation but we usually have some dreams about the future. I’ve already told you mine so this question doesn’t really help in my case.

Memory: Agnes once asked me about a favorite memory and that stumped me. I guess I like to live in the present. The only thing I could come up with was when I was little and got my first gaming console for Christmas. That was memorable. 

About My Blog: I could write a ton about e-sports but this blog is about the story that is told in book Why Save Alexander. I have two versions of the blog in case you haven’t read the book yet and you don’t want any spoilers. 

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