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The film industry and Hollywood itself is a hallmark of U. We must be critical of the way in which these commercially successful films attempt to counter this shift in global attitudes toward the U.

The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson Book Reviews

The feminist framing of Wonder Woman masks how the movie promotes U. Similarly, by heralding the setting of the advanced African society in Black Panther as socially progressive, the film argues that the Wakandan conservative nationalism reminiscent of U. Although Wonder Woman and Black Panther increase representation in film, they are still inscribed within an industry that seeks to profit off ideas that promote the American image abroad. But instead, they ended up fighting and not being there for the other. So Riya proposes an epic adventure to fix their friendship. Two weeks, six countries, unimaginable fun.

Can Riya and Abby find their way back to each other among lush countrysides and dazzling cities, or does growing up mean growing apart? I think The Wonder of Us is a book that most people can relate to. We can all think back to a childhood friendship we had when we were younger. Except, it rarely works out that way. People change and grow, and life takes people in different directions, and that friendship chord is sometimes stretched to breaking point.

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This is where we find Abby and Riya. After Riya goes off to have the time of her life in Berlin when her parents move abroad, Abby is left alone in their small town with a sense of abandonment. The tonic for this? Riya has arranged an epic European adventure across 6 countries worthy of making the reader jealous. So many of the places they visit are on my bucket list!! Their opposing introvert and extrovert personality types also mean they struggle to understand each other. While Riya thrives and gets energy from people and being out there, Abby clings to the familiar and is content to spend her time chilling and watching TV in her pajamas.

As the characters make their way through each country seeing the sighs, they slowly explore their issues and try to resolve them. There are also some fun side characters and a dash of romance to help them along the way.

However, I did struggle with this novel at some points, because I found the structure quite formulaic. After the first two chapters, I felt like I could predict what would happen in the remaining ones. The girls would explore a famous sight, start having a heart to heart that would get interrupted leaving unresolved issues, which would result in a bust-up in the evening.

While this is not exactly bad, I found myself lacking the agency to propel myself through the story to find out how it ended, and it took me longer to finish the novel than it should have done. I also struggled with the dual narrative style.