The Sense of Wonder

The Sense of Wonder book cover
Matthew Salesses
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Feb 9, 2024

Won, the first Asian American basketball player in the NBA, rose to stardom as one of the best players on the team as he filled in after “Powerball!” got injured. A Korean American TV producer, Carrie is working to get K-dramas onto the American stage. Won wants to be a basketball star and renew his temporary contract with the New York Knicks, while Carrie wants to bring representative Korean shows to America. However, extreme racism is a hurdle for both Won and Carrie in their journey along with other life issues involving the relationships of their friends, Carrie’s sister’s cancer, and more. Won and Carrie are forced to counter their fate and look it in the eye while overcoming their struggles to keep their Sense of Wonder. In the end, both of them build a life together and overcome their struggles regarding racism while fulfilling their respective dreams and not losing their wonder and will to live.

I found this book to be very interesting and have a new take on life that I have not read before. The book tackles important issues regarding racism in the sports and entertainment industries and talks about how a frame of reference causes difficulties for many people. The book has a very mature feeling to it and is written very well. I like the jumps between the stories and the other subplots that make the story more developed and nuanced. However, sometimes the jumps do get difficult to read around. This is a good read for those who like sports novels and social issues.

Overall, it was a great book that talked about important issues and life experiences. I rate this a 4 out of 5.

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