Book Review: This Girl by Colleen Hoover

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Book Info:

 April 30, 2013
There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache. Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

My Thoughts:

Back when I read Slammed, I instantly fell in love with Lakyn and Will’s story. Actually, that’s pretty much the case with all of Colleen’s characters. Her books are insta-buys for me and I love them. That said, I drug my feet on getting this one….majorly.

I think part was that I didn’t want the story to be over. Also, same story, different point of view, tends to get repetitive…that’s never the case with her books! I always want more! With that said, This Girl is a necessity if you have read Slammed and Point of Retreat. It was refreshing to hear Will’s side of things and know what was going on in his head during the book.

Book Review: Wonder by RJ Palacio

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Book Info:

 February 14, 2012  8 – 12  3 – 7

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that has captivated over 1 million readers now also includes the bestselling short story The Julian Chapter.

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. 

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

My Thoughts:

I’m back I’m back I’m back! I hit a lull in my reading habits, but I’m back in full force all of a sudden.

It took me ages to finally get around to reading Wonder. I wish that I’d read it sooner because it absolutely lived up to the hype. I don’t frequently read Middle Grade books, but this one was definitely worthy of reading. As a middle school librarian, I can see why teachers have been using this book in classrooms and promoting it like crazy. I GET Auggie. I know of a student who constantly gets made of because of appearance, but yet, that same student has no trouble keeping friends once others try to know him. Granted, this kid is nothing like Auggie’s situation, but it shows me how cruel students can be. I’m thankful for those like Summer and Jack who choose to be friends due to inward appearance instead of outside. Everyone needs to be that way.

Wonder is beautiful. Just beautiful. I suggest it to students, teachers, teenagers, adults…EVERYONE. Everyone has something to learn from Auggie and his view on the world.

Also, Auggie is right—Everyone deserves a standing ovation at least once in life!

-M