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 Cruel Prince' Is The Newest Addition To The Land Of Faerie

Holly Black does it again with new faerie novel.

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I found the story really interesting, and it had a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming. A criticism that a lot of YA books get is that it's all kind of predictable. Sometimes it is, but I don't think that that's always a bad thing. It's just a story arc that seems to do well. Nevertheless, that's not the case here. The story was original and had a good plot.

The writing was really good! I have yet to read her other works (such as 'The Spiderwick Chronicles') but I have heard great things about them and am certainly planning on reading them. I really liked Black's writing style, it reads very easily and varies just perfectly.

I thought the characters were very well done. You got to know them pretty well and the same goes for the side characters. Not everything is explored fully yet, but it is a trilogy so there's still a lot of room for that. Next to that, the pacing of the story was also really good. Some people found it a bit slow in the middle, and I can see why. But personally, I didn't really have a problem with it. I thought it was pretty well-paced.

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7 Reasons Why Your Squad Needs To Be Like the Fab 5

We all have a squad, but the Fab 5 has given us new standards.

In case you haven’t seen it, I’m here to tell you that Netflix’s revamp of Queer Eye is EVERYTHING! Through the show, you will meet the Fab 5: Bobby Berk, interior design mogul, Antoni Porowski, food and drink specialist, Jonathan Van Ness, style and grooming expert, Tan France, style expert, and finally, Karamo Brown, culture specialist. These five have come together to create one of the funniest, most genuine, and touching show I’ve watched in a long time.

For those of you that have not had the opportunity to watch the show yet, here’s a brief synopsis. The Fab 5 visit with a new person each episode and transforms their lives through fashion, proper grooming, home décor, cuisine, and confidence. It sounds so corny, but it is soooo amazing to watch.

Bobby, Antoni, Jonathan, Tan, Karamo, if you are by chance reading this, I adore you and I thank you for the conversations you are starting. Each episode not only transforms someone’s life, but it also creates conversations all across the country about being openly gay, racial barriers, and so much more. Every single one of you has said something in Queer Eye that has touched me and inspired me to be the best version of myself every single day.

Again, if you haven’t watched this show yet, it is a must watch!

1. They are each other’s biggest fans.

Seriously, go look at all of their Instagrams. These guys hype each other up on the show, on social media, and I’d be willing to bet they do in person, too. We all need friends like that.

2. They’re not afraid to be real with each other.

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3. They are FIERCE!

Just look at them! All five of them are incredibly confident in themselves and in each other. Can you imagine how bright a room would feel after this group walks in?

4. Their strengths complement each other.

Let’s be real, this show would not work the way it does if all of them knew fashion like Tan or food/drinks like Antoni. Each of the Fab 5 has a strength that is their focus on the show. They each have something to offer to the guests on Queer Eye, and they know that and don’t step on each other’s toes.

5. They can relate to each other.

This is going to sound so cliché, but you need people around you that can relate to what you’re going through, or can at least kind of relate. These men have all experienced some similar things and they can support each other better through that.

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They are incredibly supportive of each other, especially when one of them is having a huge impact on one of their guests. We all need friends that will be the first to raise a glass to your victories.

7. They are fun!

Watch one episode and you’ll see what I mean. They genuinely have so much fun together.

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