Dec 15, 2013

Book Review: Wonder

Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
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August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

My Thoughts:

Having a different facial appearance since birth and been through surgery, August Pullman never had friends aside from his family and was home-schooled. When it was time for him to enter middle-school, his parents decided to send him to a real school, thinking it might be a good thing for Auggie to experience the outside world and meet new people. But to Auggie, it was either a nightmare or a great experience.

Wonder was one of the books that made me cry. Technically, it was the ending that made me cry. It showed how Auggie journeyed the world outside after being so afraid to make contact with people knowing he'll be judged by their eyes. This book was remarkable and even if at times he was a bit negative about going to school and his day to his parents (especially his mom), I had it understood. It's not easy to connect with people and you're very aware that you look different and you're not aware of how they would treat you after seeing you. It was nice to have different POVs. His sister's, sister's friend's and boyfriend's point of views, even his friends' had their share of POVs so it was really nice to know what they were thinking and how they connect to Auggie.

This book is a bit realistic and reading from different characters' point of views makes me you think that some of these things happen in real life. It's a light read but heartfelt characters and a wonderful family.

My Rating:


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