R. J. Palacio

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Wonder: Justin: Ladybug Summary & Analysis

One warm evening in March, Via and Justin sit on Via's front stoop and run Justin's lines. Justin forgets the very end of a monologue, and Via prompts him with the rest. She assures him he'll be fine as she catches a ladybug, which she explains is good luck. As the ladybug crawls up her hand, Via suggests that Justin make a wish on the ladybug and he complies. After the ladybug flies away, Justin kisses her.
Though it's much less pronounced with Justin, it's worth noticing that Via also takes on a comforting, guiding role in their relationship, just as she does with August. This begins to show how early childhood examples like this can go on to influence how someone engages with relationships in adulthood.
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