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Small Great Things recommended by Natalie Yau
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult has made the deepest impact on me.
The protagonist Ruth, who is a people of colour(black), faced countless hardships in her everyday life. In which she was allegedly claimed to be a murderer by a white supremacist.
Kennedy, Ruth’s public defender, realised that they have been living in a society where inequities are embedded. She then called for a change and acted to sound the alarm of racism.
I chose this book on the ground of two reasons.
Firstly, it perfectly showed ‘The essential in action is perseverance.’ I used to effortlessly give up after failing, regardless of the laboriousness of the task. Seeing them fighting for their beliefs and persisting until the end taught me to persevere. As life relentlessly throws challenges at me, I learnt to have the tenacity and determination that they possess to get through the arduous times. As I now know, only with striving, will one triumph.
Secondly, it rung the theme of respecting others’ differences. Every person is one and only, be it favourable or not, one should be valued. ‘If someone’s voice is being ignored, tell others to listen, call them out of it, instead of just going along with it’. I realised merely respecting is not enough, I also have the obligation to endeavour to change people’s hearts.
One must start a revolution, to unite all and to embrace diversity.
This is the most voluminous book I have ever read and undeniably one with life-long lessons.