Wonder – R.J. Palacio
I found it really hard to write this review which is ironic because I’ve fallen completely and utterly in love with this story and its inspiring characters. Wonder is a beautiful, humorous, life-affirming story that may just change its readers because of how positive its storyline and characters are, I know it certainly changed me and there are only two other books that have ever done that.
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?
The message is clear, not to judge people based on their looks because what truly matters is everything underneath, your personality, emotion, humor etc and August is a perfect example of this. I loved his honesty, humor and overall positivity and I did find it hard when he was bullied but that’s life and there will always be someone who is just downright cruel. However, I loved seeing different characters discover how amazing August was and by the end of the book I was a complete and utter state!
I also wasn’t expecting this book to have so many different perspectives but all of them worked beautifully with each other and it was really interesting to see characters different and honest reactions to August. Without these different perspectives, I don’t think this book would have been so real and its clear that it’s not a story just about August. It was Via’s perspective that really hit me hard because it was so relatable and honest. Going to different school and not wanting to be known as the ‘girl with the brother with a facial deformity’ is understandable but despite this, she never lost her love and support for her brother. That right there is beautiful and it certainly did tug on a few heartstrings!
This book deserves all the praise it has been receiving and certainly deserves to be read by all as it is just incredible. I’m really interested to see how they’ve adapted it to film and I already have high hopes just from the trailer and the casting. I highly recommend you read ‘Wonder’ because it really is a beautifully honest story that needs to be shared.