Wonder by R.J Palacio

Genre: Young Adult/ Fiction/ Realistic Fiction

Published On: 14th February 2012

Print Length: 316

Rating: 4.8/5

About the Author: R.J Palacio lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel.

About the Book: 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.

Review: I just finished this book. Literally, right now. I still have tear streaks on my cheeks and a huge smile that refuses to go away because of THIS book.

I bought it a few weeks ago because of the cover. It immediately caught my eye and at that time I did not know a movie was made on it. I didn’t make that connection until I started to read it.

I have so many things to say about this book and all of them are nice.

So lets break it down:

I loved how its written in different POVs

The story revolves around August yes, but you also get a glimpse of how other people are towards him. And what their true feelings are.

Since its written in different POVs, the dialogue changes in slight nuances for different character which really impressed me.

Honestly, I loved it. Plain and simple.

It touched my heart and soul and had me laughing alongside August. Crying with him. Getting angry at the world with him.

This is the kind of book that I love. Which makes you FEEL.

I did NOT want this book to end. I dreaded finishing it. And when the last few pages were left, believe me I tried to read as slowly as I could to make it last longer.

I absolutely cherish the message behind this book:

How you look, doesn’t matter in the long run when you’re not a nice person on the inside. And vice versa.

I would recommend this book to everyone out there.

Happy Reading! ~ R

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