The Mondays Musts is a feature by Jessica @ Lovin’ los Libros! Every Monday, you post about your must read, must listen, and must see.
Out of My Mind is the slightly better, slightly more obscure version of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, and it did for me what Wonder did for many people. This book opened up my eyes to the extreme cruelty and challenges, but also the everyday kindness and joy that the disabled face every single day.
On one hand, the main character, Melody, could be just any other middle-grader. She’s smart, strong, somewhat immature, but altogether a good, happy kid. On the other hand, to everyone around her, she’ll always be defined by her disability.
This story brings us through her search for normalcy and her own coming-into-the-world. She begins to accept both the limits and the potential she has, and we see her truly start to live her own life. Draper conveys this journey with optimism and heartbreak, empathy and honesty. It doesn’t end quite as well as Wonder, but it’s still among my favorite books, and I would recommend it to pretty much anyone.
In the mist of all the major comebacks that have been happening one after the other for weeks, Dandelion sticks out to me. It’s bittersweet and simple, and I love Oohyo’s voice in it.
This short piece of ONE’s debut film really struck me. There’s something sad and lonely and emotional and somehow, somehow, quietly resilient about it. I have no idea how YG plans to use it or why he’s going this route for a rapper, but it worked for me.
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