Review: Wonder by R. J Palacio

Goodreads description:

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?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

 

My review:

Auggie Pullman is a little boy who was born with an extraordinary face or I guess you could call it a facial deformity and he’s recently going to start 5th grade at a regular school, full of regular 5th graders that sometimes might not have the ability to look beyond physical appearance or how to properly form nice sentences, but Auggie is not giving up and he’s learning to get by in a regular environment, but he might not be the only one learning something, his schoolmates might have a lot to learn from him as well.

This book… oh boy, oh boy, I laughed and cried and got so mad and absolutely loved every word. I’m pretty sure it was my first non-romance book which had me a little scared because romance is my life and I didn’t want to not like this book, I had read so much about how people loved it and I wanted to ,at the very least, not hate it… but oh my goodness… I wholeheartedly fell in love with it.

Auggie is most definitely my favorite character, he’s such a sweet, kind kid. After all he’s been through, after what people have put him through, he still smiles and he’s nice to people who maybe weren’t nice to him, but he’s so full of love he gives people second and third and maybe even fourth chances. I (platonically) fell in love with him since chapter one.

Wonder made me cry a fair amount of times and made me laugh a handful more. It’s such a delightful book, I enjoyed every sentence, every chapter, every scene, I think it’s a book that can teach all of us something, courage, kindness, friendship, accepting that you’re human and you’re not perfect… and that you don’t have to be.

5/5 flowers 

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