Wonder by R.J Palacio
Source: brought from charity shop
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fiction
Publication Date: 14th February 2012
“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.”
My Thoughts & Review
I’ve had this book on my TBR forever!!! I actually ended up watching the movie before the book, and having loved the movie so much I knew I had to read the books, as deep down I knew it would be just as good, and it really didn’t disappoint.
For those who haven’t read the book or seen the movie, Wonder is a story about a 10 year old boy called August Pullman (Auggie) who is about to start school for the first time ever. Auggie has been home schooled by his mum. The main reason for this is because Auggie was born with serve facial deformities that have required multiple operations over the years. We follow Auggie’s journey through the fifth grade.
Wonder is told from multiple POVs which tells the story of Auggie’s experiences as well as experiences from his family and friends. What I really like about these multiple POVs was that they felt very honest. This honesty made it easier to relate to and sympathise with the characters.
It was really well written and personally I couldn’t find any fault in it. I really don’t know what else to write for this review, without giving too much more away. But what I do know is that this book should be read at least once by everyone, and it should be on all school reading lists. Readers of all ages will learn something from this book.
A fab read from beginning to end.
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