Matilda by Roald Dahl

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“All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.”

Title: Matilda
Author: Roald Dahl
Why you should read this book: Because you will understand how reading and being optimistic can help turning your life around.

Matilda is a little girl living with her parents and older brother. Her parents treats her badly, her father insults her everyday telling her she is useless and stupid. She doesn’t react because she knows she is not. She learns to read by herself with the help of the newspaper, by the age of 4 she has read all the children’s books in the library and started reading the grown ups books as well. She knows math and it’s very clever, she is curious. By the time she goes to school she faces difficulties but maybe she finally found the right grown up who understands how smart she is and can help her be the best girl she can be.

“I’m afraid men are not always quite as clever as they think they are. You will learn that when you get a bit older, my girl.”

I can’t give this more than 3 stars because when there is so much bullying in one book I get so angry and can’t enjoy it fully. I just don’t understand and can’t believe how some people can be this mean for no reason!

Matilda is a brilliant little girl with awful parents. What makes me angrier is knowing that in the world there are such parents and not every child can be like Matilda, able to defend themselves. It makes me so mad! I can’t stand bullies. Matilda has to fight for herself growing up until she can go to school and learn as much as she wants. Guess what? Another bully in school, no other than the Headmistress. Can you believe a grown up woman, who hates children, is in charge of a school? She hates kids! The horrible things she does to those poor souls made me speechless. It took me so long to read it for that reason.

“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable.”

Luckily Matilda found very kind people on her way. The librarian who helps her choosing books to read when she was little and who tells her she can take them home, and Miss Honey, her teacher at school who understood from the very first day that Matilda was a very special girl. Miss Honey is a thin young woman who loves teaching. We learn that she is very poor and that her childhood wasn’t a happy one. Another bullied girl who couldn’t defend herself. I don’t care if I’m repeating myself but this makes me so mad!

I loved Matilda’s character, she is tough, clever, she knows what’s right and wrong. She knows she doesn’t deserve the things that are happening to her and is brave enough to do something about it. We all must learn from Matilda that if we see unfairness in the world we mustn’t look and do nothing, we must fight for what’s right, for our happiness and for the happiness of the people who deserve it!

Do I recommend it? Yes, you may get a little angry but it’s a nice read.
Rate: 3/5

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George by Alex Gino

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“My point is, it takes a special person to cry over a book. It shows compassion as well as imagination.”

Title: George
Author: Alex Gino
Why you should read this book: It teaches you how the distinctions of genders are affecting young children with the acceptance of who they really are.

George sees herself in the mirror and sees a boy, but she is not a boy, she is a girl. She is only 10 and is surrounded by gender standards, like when her class is supposed to play “Charlotte’s Web” and she is denied the role of Charlotte because she is not technically a girl. With the help of her friend, Kelly, George is determined to play Charlotte and let her family and the entire world see her the way she has always felt, a girl!

“George stopped. It was such a short, little question, but she couldn’t make her mouth form the sounds.
Mom, what if I’m a girl?

Such a cute little book with an incredibly important message. Easy to read, easy to understand, it reaches the hearts of grown ups and little ones. It shows you how society makes kids feel uncomfortable because it makes them fit in certain boxes: boys line to enter school, boys roles to get in plays, boy characters to choose while playing videogames, etc.

George is only 10 years old and she feels out of place. Her body is male but she is a girl. How to make everyone understand and accept it? She wants to play Charlotte in the school’s play, she wants to wear girl clothes, she wants people to start seeing her as she really is.

This book doesn’t have major plot twists, parts in which you really hate someone, but it has a lot of parts where you clearly see how George is afraid of telling her family, friends and teacher the truth because tolerance and being open minded is not teached from a very young age, bullies and ignorants are everywhere. Reality is not teached to little kids, a reality with so many kinds of people in it. They grow up unaware of how different people are: they think there is only boy and girl, blue for boys pink for girls, pants for boys skirt for girls, etc.

I was really sad seeing George suffering and I was mad at the world for being such an inhospitable place for a pure little soul like hers.

Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s written really well and George is an adorable little girl.
Rate: 4/5
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