Book Review: Wonder by  R.J Palacio

Published in 2012

310 pages 

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

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

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? 

Let’s talk about the plot:

This was such an exquisite read! It was so heartwarming and I was moved from page one and I knew this would be a memorable read! The story follows August, as he ventures into 5th grade school after being home schooled for all this time: we learn about his condition, which makes others perceive him differently, and through not only August, but those around him, we learn about how other people perceive he who looks different. 

Let’s talk about the characters:

August is so precious! My heart was with him all the way, I thought, how can someone have so much sadness thrown in his face but still be so loving and fun? I wanted to hug him so much! The book took us right into his emotions, I felt everything that he felt and honestly I was so proud of how much he grew throughout the book! I loved his interactions with every character, especially Daisy! And I loved his perception of everything and how wise he is. 

August’s parents were so lovely! They honestly loved their son and daughter so much, I love how much love their is in the family, and how they weren’t afraid to admit it. August’s parents and sister supported him constantly, and only had positive things to say to him! And the whole family’s interactions with Daisy, the aging family dog, melted my heart constantly and at times had me so teary! 

August’s friends at school were all really interesting! I loved reading about their backstories and seeing them interact! I was glad to see characters like Miranda grow too, although I shall refrain from saying why, because I truly think this book needs to be read by everyone! No matter what the age, everyone will get something out of this book! August makes me want to be better! This book impacted me THAT much! 

Via, or Olivia, is August’s elder sister, I loved her chapters so much!! I had a lot of questions whilst reading her parts, and so it was great to learn all about her, and I loved her bond with August; though I felt sad at times when Via was admitting some things, and I was all “but why?!” – but alas, Via is another who had great character growth.

Let’s talk about the writing:

I couldn’t get enough of the writing, the characters had me emotionally invested and the writing was amazing in itself. The story was broken up into short chapters, which were contained within a specific characters’ narration. One of the many reasons I loved this was because it allowed for lots of character perception, interaction and of course development! I can wait to read the ‘Wonder’ short stories; and I would happily read infinite stories on Auggie! 


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