My Reaction to the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio

My Reaction to the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Have you ever read a book that touched your soul?

Have you ever read a book in which you felt deeply in your soul? A book in which a character is remarkably like you and you wonder, "Has the author written about me?" That is how I felt when I read the book, "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio.

I heard about this book last year when my best friend was teaching middle school. She told me about it and she wanted my input. If you know me, you would know that I have a mile high book list. So, I did not read until Thanksgiving Break, when I went to another friend's home and I saw it on the tabletop of her sister's. By this time, the movie for Wonder had also released and one of my new favorite actors, Daveed Diggs (Hamilton fans, where you at?!), was playing in it. I had and still have full intentions of seeing the movie but I wanted to read the book first so I have a comparison in mind.

I started reading it that night but I fell asleep due to tiredness, not because it was boring. It was the next day when I continued reading the book. In case you did not know, the book is about a young child, Auggie, who is starting fifth grade at Beecher Prep. All his life he was homeschooled because he was "different" from the other children due to a facial deformity.

Now, if you know me, I have one too. Like Auggie, I have a hearing aid. Like Auggie, I was bullied and teased. Now, unlike Auggie, I haven't been sent death threats. But, I've been the victim of "The Plague," asking my mom and God why I wasn't born normal. Luckily, like Auggie, I have an amazing set of parents who've always advocated for me and have supported me. They've taught me to stand up to others. My mom, especially, has taught me to be kind, compassionate, and have empathy.

I have also had friends like Summer and Julian. For them, I am eternally grateful. I have also known many "Jack" types and I have realized that they are just a part of life.

Though, what I have always wondered is what it was like for other people to know me. What went through their minds? "Wonder" is not written through Auggie's perspective, solely. It has been written in the POVs of Summer, Liv (sis), Julian, as well as Jack.

There were moments in the book where I laughed, nearly cried, and felt angered FOR August, and I have also felt compassion towards August' sister and Julian. I have also felt a great dislike for Jack until I read his side of the story. It is then, that I felt sympathy and pity for the kid.

In short, I loved the book so much that I ordered my own copy of Wonder on Amazon. It is definitely a book that will stay with me for a very long time. It is definitely one of those books that touched the very depths of my soul.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Hustle and Bustle This Holiday Season

"...Have conversation, turn off the cable..."


It's Holiday season,

Time to be freezin'.

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it,

Don't stop now, you can't quit.

Numerous trips to grocery stores,

Pure mayhem when you walk through those doors.

Shelves bare,

You're ready to pull out your hair.

Long check-out lines,

Or delayed airlines.

Prepare and cook the turkey low and slow,

Wait for that golden brown skin to glow.

Place the gravy and cranberry sauce on the table,

Have conversation, turn off the cable.

Before you know it, Christmas is here,

The classic songs are music to our ears.

Yet we all dread the trips to the mall,

To find the perfect gifts, big or small.

The Christmas Tree Lighting floods TV stations,

With singers from all generations,

The scent of candy canes fill the air,

We wish the day runs smoothly, Lord, hear our prayer.

Lots of wrappers and bows cover the floor,

As we obsess over our presents more and more.

New Year's creeps up on us,

Throwing a party is always a plus.

Streamers, noisemakers, food,

Who knew planning the perfect party was of this magnitude.

The line at the liquor store gets longer and longer,

Because of the stress in picking a champagne or sparkling cider.

Deciding to prepare finger foods or a five-course meal,

Why not get take-out? DEAL!

Clock counts down from ten.

As the clock strikes one, we've made it to another year, AMEN!

Glasses clinking,

People drinking,

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