Book Review

Wonder By R.J. Palacio

Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, Auggie wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past his extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include the perspectives of his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These voices converge to portray a community as it struggles with differences, and challenges readers, both young and old, to wonder about the true nature of empathy, compassion, acceptance, friendship, and—ultimately—kindness. Auggie is a hero for the ages, one who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

This is a book that I normally wouldn’t read, mainly because I honestly would have over looked it. The only reason why I picked this book to read and write my first review was because it was something that my younger brother loves. I wanted to know why he loves it. It might be something that we could talk about when we started talking again. Well, I am extremely glad that I read this book, mainly because it hit home with the light heartedness of it all. I mean he was just like a normal kid but not everyone saw him as one. He has the biggest heart. I can’t believe all the stuff that he had gone through, but it didn’t change him into a bitter person. It took me a little longer to read this book. Mainly because I didn’t want it to end, even though I needed it to, so I could write this review of it. Honestly, I can’t even put how this book makes me feel into words.

So, let me try and explain what this book is about. Auggie or August, is the main character. He is starting 5th grade. He was homeschooled before the start of the book. He was born with a visible “birth defect”. By time he was 10-years-old he had 27 surgeries. The big ones happened before he was four years old. He wasn’t homeschooled because of the way he looks but because he was dealing with health problems. His mom thought it would be good for him to go to school because he wasn’t dealing with all the health problems anymore. At first Auggie wasn’t happy about going to school. He did get picked on for the way he looks but he was a trouper about it. He made two friends, Jack and Summer. Summer was the only one that didn’t talk bad about Auggie, but Jack didn’t really mean it, he was just trying to fit in with the other kids. Jack didn’t even know that Auggie heard him, but when he figured it out he apologized as soon as he could. August was cool with it, so they became friends again.

Over all the book was great, I’m trying not to give away very much from the book because I know that I wouldn’t like someone telling me a play by play of the book. Since this is my first book review I will be writing more and learning how to write better book reviews, so please bear with me here. He has gone through a lot of surgeries. I know what it’s like having had two surgeries in the last two years, but I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to have that many most of them you can’t even remember. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.

Okay so the next book I plan on reading will be UNWIND by Neal Shuterman. But that will be in a little while. I am planning on doing a book review a month so that I don’t get to overwhelmed by everything. I will make a post on when I get the book. So, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. I hope you take the time to read Wonder. It’s a great book.

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