Wonder R.J Palacio – A Review

‘Don’t judge a boy by his face.’


‘I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.
Wonder is the fabulous debut novel of writer R.J Palacio, written about a boy who is a little bit different. A New York Times bestseller, this book shows clearly the unfortunately massive problem of bullying because of being different.
I had this book mentioned to me a few times before finding it and reading it, and I was glued from the first page. Written from the point of view of August and all the people he meets, I was instantly grabbed by the hope and compassion intertwined within the narrative. Instantly, I felt a stab of guilt for all the people who have to face being different in a world we call reality, and who we automatically treat a bit differently.
This book had me quietly chuckling in the corners of libraries and welling up in my French classroom. Written simplistically, it carries you through the entire text easily and is almost impossible to set down. It’s heart-lifting and heart-breaking, and incredibly relatable for both adults and kids. This is a book that truly shows you the power of friendship, acceptance and bravery. A stunning novel and one I’d thoroughly recommend to anyone who wants to remember what hope really is.
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