About the book:
Author: R.J. Palacio
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, realistic fiction, middle grade, young adult
You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?
Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.
Source: Bought at my local Chapters store
How I Found Out About It: My librarian at school read my class a passage from this book a few years ago, and I was hooked and thus decided to buy my own copy!
Review: I absolutely loved this beautiful book, so much that I’ve read it twice! Basically, the story focuses on a boy named Auggie, who has some facial deformities, who had been homeschooled his whole life until his parents decide to send him to middle school for the first time, and experiences quite a lot! This is probably one of the most heartwarming, touching stories I have ever read! Auggie is such a loveable character, and despite his differences, he is gorgeous on the inside as he is so sweet and kind to everyone he meets! Did I mention how smart he is too? He does get bullied in the book due to his differences, but he (and his amazing new friends) persevere and help him get through it! I also really liked his new friend Summer, as she was so inclusive and welcoming, and warded off everyone’s thoughts to go and hang out with Auggie. Honestly, the world needs more of those people, and Auggie was very lucky to have encountered one of them! I absolutely adored the writing style, and the plot was awesome! I’ve also read the second book in the series, Auggie & Me, and I’ll be doing a review for it soon! R.J. Palacio writes such amazing books, and I really hope she publishes future installments, because I would definitely read them! This book teaches an amazing lesson of being inclusive and not letting what others say define who you are, and that only you define yourself. Even though Auggie was severely bullied, he did not let others get to him and he still believed in himself, and that is an example of an amazing role model in a book! This book is intended for middle graders, but I honestly think anyone and everyone should get a chance to read this! It is definitely NOT to be missed, and if you haven’t read this, I suggest you go and read it now, because you will not regret it!
Rating: 5/5 Stars!
30 Day Book Challenge:
Today’s prompt is my favourite book title. I think I’m going to have to say that Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle is one of the cutest titles EVER! This book is about sisterly love, and if you read it you will be able to see why she named it that! I will be reviewing this book soon!