Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Anti-bullying Week Review Re-post)

wonderpostSummary from Goodreads

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.

Paperback, 315 pages
Published January 3rd 2013 by Corgi Childrens (first published January 1st 2012)

My Review

*sigh* I really have no words for how wonderful this book is! Anything I say really won’t describe how much I loved this! But I will give it my very best shot!

This heart breaking but beautiful story pulled me in from the very first page. It is filled with emotion and is a real thought provoker! I think there is something for all ages to be discovered throughout August’s journey.

What I enjoyed the most about Wonder was the way in which It was written. There were sections from all different point of views – which I think made the book feel all the more real. We get to see how other people see August and how him having (forgive me if I’m wording this wrong) a serious facial birth defect affects others too.

The writing is raw, but brutally honest – I think this is where the beauty in this story lies though!

August is such a trooper and I love how his wicked sense of humour always manages to shine through those tough times. I started this book feeling sorry for little August, but finished it feeling sorry for the people who couldn’t see past August’s looks. He is a beautiful boy inside and out and I wanted to scream at these small minded people, to just go and talk to August to find this out for themselves.

August was born with a serious facial defect and he has been through countless operations his entire life. He knows when people are staring at him out of the corners of their eyes but he really can’t blame them. He has been home schooled by him mum his whole life. This is a story of his journey through starting school and dealing with people who give him a hard time – it’s also a story of beautiful friendships and bravery that is a joy to read!

The ending is fantastic *sob* and that’s all I will say about it! I really, really can’t urge everyone enough to pick up this highly memorable and extremely moving book, because it really is a must read!

Wonder is simply wonderful! #choosekind

5/5 Stars!

*Special thanks to Corgi for the review copy*

Carly 🙂


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