This young adult novel by Raquel J. Palacio is an inspiring story of a boy who is different and learning where he fits in at school.

August is a boy with a disability that he has had from birth. He has had numerous surgeries but he still looks very different. He has been homeschooled all his life until middle school. he struggles to find where he belongs in the schools social group but ends up finding a few genuine friends along the way.

This book is a really good book. It gives readers an insight on how it feels to have a disability. People make assumptions about how people must feel all of the time, but this is actually how some people feel. I think this book shows us how focused on appearances we as humans can be.

This book shows that you should never judge a book by its cover. It is also a really good reminder that physical disabilities and mental disabilities are not the same. Many people assume that physical disabilities means that they have mental disabilities as well, but that is not true.

The overall theme of this book has a lot to do with not judging someone based on their appearance. It shows that kids can be really mean and your stares and whispers do not go unnoticed. It is a very influencial, eye-opening book that I will have on my shelf.


13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons why is a young adult novel about a sixteen year old girl Hannah Baker. The book is narrated by Clay Jensen who used to have a crush on Hannah. The story is about the thirteen tapes she mailed to different people that effected her life and made it end the way that it did.

This book will probably not be on my shelf in my classroom. It is actually banned in many schools.

It glorifies suicide. Hannah had lots of issues, but the tapes were meant to justify her death, and blame everyone on them for her killing herself. This is problematic and can be confusing to young adult readers, who might be struggling with this same thing. Hannah gave up and she blamed everyone around her for it.

Students should be taught about suicide prevention and learning how to catch the signs of it. But not in a way that glorifies it. Hannah killed Hannah. Hannah is responsible for Hannah’s death. Hannah went through a lot of horrible things, but nothing justifies killing yourself and blaming it on other people.

Overall 13 Reasons Why left a bad taste in my mouth. The story idea is good I think it is something that students need to learn. But the way is presented in this book is not okay. In my opinion justifying suicide in a young adult book presents the wrong message.