Wonder by R.J. Palacio

17119852How did I get the book? I bought it.

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

200words (or less) review: I’m a bit late to the Wonder party. This was one of those books that whenever I confessed to not having read it I’d get the shocked “but WHY? It’s WONDERful”. Having read it, in one night (when I was only going to read the first few chapters), I get it.

The book is narrated by Auggie, friends he makes at school, his sister and a few others. Each has a clear and distinct voice, they could have easily blended together but they don’t. For me the switching of perspective was one of the best parts of the book because you got so much more insight and understanding.

This is definitely an emotional story. It’s not just Auggie that goes through a lot but so do his family and friends. I thought the book had a strong and positive message without coming across as being preachy.

Wonder is indeed WONDERful.

Recommend it?


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