book reviews · middle grade

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

11387515Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Source: Bought
Edition: Paperback
Publication: January 3rd 2013 by Corgi Childrens
Pages: 315 pages
Category: Middle Grade, Fiction, Realistic, Contemporary

SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS:

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.

 

LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤❤ (and more)

MY THOUGHTS:

On the cover: The cover is very simple. I love it. It has conveyed the morale message of the story really well. I learned that there is more to people than their physical appearance. Just like this book, the cover is simple yet the story has a lot of wisdom and life changing lessons in it.

On the story plot:  The story is about a boy who’s face is deformed because of a genetic problem. He goes to school for the first time and he experiences a lot of things. An example is going out on a school field trip. This experiences teach him a lot of things which we could all learn from. A lot of issues in middle grade are being tackled by the book like bullying and teasing. The story is divided into different POV’s and my most favourite POV would be Auggies’ POV. If I read this book when I was in middle grade, It would really comfort me. Somehow this book is not only for kids but also for adults too. It would remind us that there would be always something positive after every problem. Also, that everyone is special.

On the characters: August Pullman or Auggie is a boy who was born with a deformed face. He was not able to go to school because of different operation procedures done to him. I am very inspired by him. Despite his deformity he is able to feel as normal as possible. I love how he responds to other people when they judge him because of his looks. He is a character which anyone can love. Some of the characters which caught my attention were Via, Jack, Summer and Julian. Julian because he was a very effective protagonist. I think that Julian is a very important character because Auggie won’t be that inspiring if Julian wasn’t a very relatable bully. Hence, both characters make the story inspiring, heart warming and full of learnings.

All in all:  I love this book. Anybody can read and relate to the story. Even the learnings could be applied by adults. It is not just a children’s book but also an adult book. I love how the author addressed bullying. Also, the different point of views tackle how different people table a very unique situation. However, what I really love about this book is how Auggie deals with the bullying. Being bullied is really hard. No one is safe from bullying. Even adults are being bullied by other adults. I love also the idea of Mr. Browne’s precept. I think it adds positivity in a world that has a lot of negativity. I gave this book a 5 hearts resting (and more) because its very inspirational. Everyone can read it. The author’s writing is not boring. Also, that its a book which I could reread a lot of times just to be reminded that kindness is very important but more kindness is needed.

QUOTES:

“Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”
― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

“The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.”
― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

“Sometimes I think my head is so big because it is so full of dreams”
― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

“My mom smiled at me. Her smile kind of hugged me.”
― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

“Jack, sometimes you don’t have to be mean to hurt someone.”
― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

 

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