Next up is Wonder. That super popular book that had a hold list so long I finally just broke down and bought the damn thing.
Mama: So. You asked me to read this. Why is that?
Annie: Because it was awesome. Also I REALLY want to see the movie, but, you know, you have that rule.
(Yes. I do have that rule. The book comes first! Sorry kid.)
M: Why was it awesome?
A: I like how August was different. He changed a lot. He stood up for himself. It’s sad though sometimes because people are so mean.
M: People really can be mean sometimes.
A: There are no mean people at my school though.
M: Really! I thought there were some people you didn’t get along with?
A: Just because we don’t get along doesn’t mean they’re mean!
M: Noted. What was your favorite part?
A: When the boys stood up for August! That was a surprise. But you have to stand up for your friends. You just have to stand up for people sometimes. You just have to.
M: Why would you recommend this book to people?
A: I already said! Because it’s awesome. Can I eat my pancakes now?
M: Oh my bad. Commence with pancake eating.
I wanted to really fall in love with this book. I DID like the overall message of the story (Choose Kind) which is definitely valid and a good motto for everyone, especially children. We experienced an episode this weekend where Annie ran into someone she knew and he rebuked her. The parents thought it was funny and laughed. It broke my heart for her. How hard would it have been for them to be kind to her? It’s not hard.
The reason I had a hard time with this book is because I felt as though there were a lot of instances of lack of character development. I wanted MORE from several of them. Some storylines petered out that I feel would have added a lot of richness to the story. However, I have to remember this is for kids and not adults. I get it, I swear I do! It’s difficult to switch from Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King to a book written for fifth graders!