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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!


Wonder - R.J. Palacio Wonder’s near perfection shines through in many ways: character development, cultural references, pacing, and story—oh the story!

Every fifth grader should read this book. Schools should issue it; parents should read along. If one book has captured the feelings of going into a new school or a new grade, Wonder has done it. This is a heartwarming coming of age story that should not be missed.

I spotted some tiny imperfections, such as ‘putting down a Playstation’ or a snowstorm that was showed up on different dates. However, those minor blemishes dwarfed in comparison to the beauty of the whole. If anything, R.J. Palacio nailed cultural references, varying points of view, and true-to-life narrative perspectives.

To me, the book’s goal involved the beauty of us—all of us. It achieved that goal.
I give this book an easy five stars and recommend it to everyone, of all ages.