Wonder: A Review

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

My Rating: 5 Stars!

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: February 14th, 2012

Received: Giveaway win!

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

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.

Opening Sentence: “I know I am not an ordinary ten-year-old kid.”

Musings:

Reading this book was such a joy! In my day to day life it is common for me to run into people with various disabilities and reading this was in a way something to help me to think about what it would be like if I were in their shoes.

Hearing Auggie’s story was heartbreaking, but also healing too. For someone so young he’s already been through an absurd amount of plastic surgery and yet still has some trouble eating. He often ends up drolling and at times kids at school find him scary.

This book is here to remind us all that our differences are only that differences. There is nothing scary about being different and it’s something that needs to be embraced. Sometimes if you end up talking to someone who you thought could never possibly have anything in common with you, you find that your wrong. Us humans no matter what we look like all have more in common then meets the eye. If you think about what drives us to the core you may find that what we live for is the common denominator of us all.

In the end, no matter where you are or who you meet always try to choose kind, because if we all were just a little bit kinder to one another this world would be a much better place.

Thanks for reading! I 100% recommend everyone read Wonder! It is an adorable and fun story that will stick with you for long after the final words.

-Till next time!