Book Review

Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio-4 Stars

Wonder is a middle grade fiction about August Pullman and how he is defined by his facial deformity. After being home-schooled he starts fifth grade in a private school. August just wants to be accepted and fit in without being treated like he has the Plague but he is still unique and stays true to himself which I think is wonderful. Even though he looks different, he is funny, intelligent, and a loyal friend.

This story didn’t wreck me emotionally like I thought it would, granted, there are some really mean, sad, and heartbreaking moments, but it’s still funny and lighthearted feeling.

There are a few different POV’s besides August’s and I thought they melded nicely together to bring August’s past and future together. Like I think all middle schoolers can attest, those particular grades are hard-even if you don’t have a facial deformity. Kids are cruel, but August has a big, kind heart, and I love how authentic and genuine he is.

I feel this will be a wonderful book for children this same age, on up to adults, because the message it brings of how to be yourself and how to treat others is one we can all take to heart.

 

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Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes-2.5 Stars

 

 

An active, life-loving, successful businessman named Will Traynor is now a quadrepligic confined to a wheelchair, who can do nothing but speak, turn his head, and wheel his chair with the limited use of one arm. He is grouchy, depressed, irritable, who has to be fed, bathed, and medicated all by someone else. Louisa Clark, eccentric, lovable, cheerful, recently unemployed, becomes a companion for Will. Not to tend solely to his medical needs, but, someone who can bring him friendship and contentment.

 

I’m acutely aware I will be in the minority regarding my thoughts towards this book. I simply did not enjoy it, well, it’s not meant to be an “enjoyable” book per say, but I found it boring. The only part I cared for was the epilogue. I found it redundant. I didn’t become emotionally invested in any of the characters. I only got watery-eyed while Lou was reading Will’s letter at the end. I respect Will’s decision and I applaud Louisa for stepping out of her comfort zone by traveling and going back to school. I can even appreciate the fact that while she was trying to help improve Will’s outlook life, he was, in turn, encouraging her to be stronger and more confident, even if she didn’t see it right off.

Louisa lives a comfortable life, with loving, albeit pesky, parents, and her granddad. Her sister annoyed me. She was a spoiled, know-it-all brat. I hated the fact that Louisa was expected to be the primary earner for the whole family. Will is understandably depressed, being confined to a chair and having to rely on someone for your every need. His father is a philanderer, his mother, spineless and rude, his sister, a snob. Nathan, Will’s medical aide, was someone I actually liked. He accepted Will’s decision but also appreciated Louisa for her efforts.

So while I respect Will’s decision, what irritated me is that he was so set in his choice, nothing, nor no one, could sway him, even when he had days of pure joy and happiness. I love Louisa for her “calendar of adventures,” for pushing Will to enjoy life and see that his wheelchair doesn’t define him. She was actually a likeable character, I just couldn’t get attached and relate to her. 2.5 Stars because the ending made it not completely horrible.

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Book Review: The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger- 4.5 Stars

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I received a copy of this book via Netgalley; thank you!

I loved this book. Biana is your typical teen. She’s relatable, she has problems, she’s not a fake “teen” in some YA books that you are left seriously wondering what teen the author based them off of. Also, how awesome that the author wrote The DUFF when she was like, 17?!

At first I was appalled- that Wesley kept calling Biana Duffy to her face, and, even though it bothered her, she didn’t say anything. I’ve only been out of highschool for 8 years, but I can remember how much it sucked. Sure yeah I had my friends and I liked learning, but depending on where you’re at and who you’re with, everyone at one point is the DUFF. The lesser pretty, lesser cool person in that crowd at that moment. The DUFF portrayed high school perfectly. The ending was great, and it’s a relief to read something so real and to the heart even if it hurts sometimes, because you know there’s better days ahead, and you can’t label 1 person in particular a whore, a DUFF, etc. simply because we all have secrets and screw ups. EVERYONE has insecurities, some people are just better at covering them up than others.

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Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins-5 Stars!

Summary on Goodreads.   Anna is a high school senior whose *horrible* dad (sarcasm) enrolls her in boarding school in Paris, at the School of America. Anna’s dad is an author who writes “novels set in Small Town Georgia about folks with Good American Values who Fall in Love and then contract Life-Threatening Diseases and Die.” When I was in middle school I read Lurlene McDaniel’s books all. the. time, and this description reminded me of those books!! I ate those books up like candy and absolutely loved them, but they are seriously just like the description of Anna’s dads’ books! Haha. Anna doesn’t know French, is dreading boarding school, and she feels all alone after leaving her best friends back in Atlanta. Basically, this is a contemporary young adult romantic fiction that left me fangirling, but it also had substance. I really liked the development of Anna’s character, and the secondary characters as well! I loved her friends- Josh, St. Clair, Meredith, and Rashmi. I felt that I could connect with Anna and the relationships she had with her friends…and later with Étienne. None of the character developments fell flat, in my opinion. I cried with Anna when she found out Bridge was dating Toph and didn’t tell her, I got mad with her when stupid Amanda Spitterton-Watts picked on her, and fell in love with Étienne just like she was. Yes this is a young adult romance, and I’m almost 26, but I honestly love this book so much. It didn’t feel young; the characters didn’t seem childish. Étienne is a British/American/French Masterpiece.  Anna is a dorky (in a cute way) southern girl, who loves movies, and is frequently in uncomfortable situations. Together, they are perfect! ❤ These are my picks for Étienne and Anna harry 3.178268         I know a lot of readers hate insta-love. But I can’t get enough of it. I LOVE INSTA LOVE! There was insta love in Anna and the French Kiss, but the book still had a plot. It wasn’t all happiness. Bad things did happen. Friendships became rocky. But that is real life, and I felt that even though it was insta love, it progressed realistically. It wasn’t just about the love between 2 teenagers. Yeah, that’s a major part of this book and I loved it, but it was also about growing as a person, and understanding life, and yourself. About treasuring your friends and finding what you value most, what brings you joy. Anna and the French Kiss is funny, sweet, romantic, and just pure enjoyable!   I highly recommend this one! I can’t wait to read the other 2 books in this series. I need to know more about Anna and Étienne! anna&thefrenchkisI love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadows and the soul.” 10013-i-love-you-as-certain-dark-things-are-to-be-loved-in-secret_380x280_widthFor the two of us, home isn’t a place. It’s a person. And we’re finally home.”