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The Julian Chapter | R.J. Palacio

“I do not like to dwell on the past. Life is ahead of us. If we spend too much time looking backward, we can’t see where we are going!”

“One mistake does not define you.”

Breakdown:

  • Book: The Julian Chapter
  • Series: Wonder #1.5
  • Author: R.J. Palacio

Synopsis:

From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in the pages of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder, it was clear they were never going to be friends, with Julian treating Auggie like he had the plague. And while Wonder told Auggie’s story through six different viewpoints, Julian’s perspective was never shared.
Until now. The Julian Chapter will finally reveal the bully’s side of the story. Why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption?

REVIEW + SPOILERS AHEAD:

I hadn’t intended to write a whole post for this ebook but since I went on quite a bit in the Wonder book review, it would’ve been too long to add both.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

I’m glad that Julian got his own “chapter.” Reading from the perspective of the bully was very educational. Everyone always has a story, a reason for behaving the way they do. Julian was no different. Obviously his reasons for doing so doesn’t excuse his actions but they make us understand it, even if just for a little bit.

Just like the book before it, Julian’s Chapter is filled with teachable moments. It shows us the flawed human nature and the blind love of parents that sometimes end up causing too much trouble. For reasons that are oblivious to us, but strong and important enough for them.

“That’s the thing about being scared, though. You can’t control it. When you’re scared, you’re scared. And when you’re scared, everything seems scarier than it ordinarily would be—even things that aren’t. Everything that scares you kind of mushes together to become this big, terrifying feeling. It’s like you’re covered in this blanket of fear,”

Even though I still don’t like Julian or his parents. Especially his parents. I still think this book should be read along with Wonder.

Main Book: Wonder


Final Rating:

““Life is ahead of us. If we spend too much time looking backward, we can’t see where we are going!”

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