Wonder by R. J. Palacio Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): 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 an 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. “Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year,” said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R. J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” – indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

I have given this book four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I watched the film before I read this book, which is unlike me because I like to have a clear head for my imagination to take place, but with this book I already could picture the characters from the actors who play them in the movie. Luckily, this didn’t ruin it for me because I enjoyed both the film and the book equally.

I love the way this story is written and all the different characters you get to learn about and love. It’s very interesting to read from the other character’s perspectives instead of focusing on the one main character all the time. It’s also interesting to see how other people see August. At times I found this book slow and there was no real plot to look forward to, but I still enjoyed reading and learning about Auggie’s life.

The main character, August “Auggie” Pullman was born with a facial difference. This book is about how Auggie learns to deal with bullies in middle school and how to be an ordinary kid in the real world.

Such a brilliant, eye-opening, heart warming book. Thank you R. J. Palacio for conjuring up such a wonderful story which should be read and loved by everyone.

Happy reading,


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