Wonder - Review

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Publication date: 14 February 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN 10/13: 0375869026 | 9780375869020

Category: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

Keywords: Realistic Fiction, Siblings, Hard Issues, Family, Love

Format: Hardcover, Audiobook

From Goodreads:

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.

Kimberly's Review:

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity. His life so far has been his family, a couple of friends, and homeschool. But all that's going to change. Auggie is going to his first day of fifth grade at a new school. And no one, not even Auggie, knows what to expect.

Beautifully written, Wonder took my breath away. August is a kid who is physically challenged, but not mentally challenged. That doesn't stop others from thinking he is though, and becoming the joke of the school. But Auggie handles everything in stride, acting far more mature for his age. His revelations throughout the book are both warm and heartbreaking. His voice is strong, clear and after reading only the first few pages, I was immediately drawn to Auggie. He is a sympathetic character, but he's strong too. Stronger than he thinks he is, and to share Auggie's journey through the fifth grade is touching.

I loved the family relationships, especially between his sister Via and Auggie. I loved how there were several narrators in the book, each with their personal story and explanation. As a reader, I was able to get a complete idea of the events through each person's eyes.

The layers of love, guilt, faithfulness and devotion are so well played, every character in the book was fully formed. Especially Via, whose love and shame of her brother overcome her with guilt. This is so much more than just a story about a boy. This is the story about the family dynamic.

Go out and buy Wonder. You will fall in love with Auggie and his journey.
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