I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut (as tends to happen), but while on a recent getaway had a chance to finish not just one, but two books. Here are my thoughts on the first:


Summary (from Goodreads):
I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

My Thoughts:
Having a brother with Aspergers gave me a unique perspective on this book. However, I think I would have thoroughly enjoyed it regardless. The characters express the awkwardness of fifth grade life, and it transported me back to that time in my own life. Being able to view the story through the eyes of different characters mad the story all the more comprehensive and authentic. I’m also not much of a crier, but this book had me tearing up at the end. I believe it showcases the resilience of the human spirit and the awkward pre-teen stage while driving home the point that you can’t judge a book by its cover, and if you do, you might be missing out on something spectacular.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Looking for Alaska

It’s no secret that I enjoy the writing style and personality of John Green. (I mean, hello, The Fault In Our Stars? Vlog Brothers? Completely AMAZING.)

So when I was looking for book options for our honeymoon, I sorted through his catalog of work and selected Looking for Alaska.

looking for alaska

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

My Thoughts:
I would love to say that I adored this book, but I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it. However, after the Fault In Our Stars, I feel like it was a little lackluster. It had all the qualities that I believe a Young Adult novel should have: angst, awkwardness, peer pressure, the need to fit in, a love interest, and a keen sense of growing pains. It made me laugh, wince, cover my eyes, and even tear up. Yet even with all that, it just wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.

While it was a great book and I would recommend it, it wasn’t the stay-up-late, skip meals, can’t-put-it-down novel that I was hoping for.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5

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