Wonder by R.J. Palacio – Book Review

Wonder

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Goodreads Description:

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.

My Review:

MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR SO FAR!  I loved, loved, loved Wonder.  I didn’t know what to expect.  I had seen the book around and was familiar with the cover but not the content.  It was my son’s summer reading assignment so I read it too and was blown away on every level.

The book is told from various character’s points of view.  August (Auggie) Pullman has been home-schooled his entire life.  He was born with a facial deformity and has undergone numerous surgeries to help correct it but he still looks different and his parents felt it was best to be schooled at home.  Now that he is about to enter the fifth grade they feel it would be best for him to enroll in a private school where they can better take over his education.  You know that there will be problems to overcome and Auggie’s story is told in a way that touches your heart.

This book approaches special needs, bullying, friendship, love of family and acceptance perfectly.  I am the parent of a special needs child and even though my daughter doesn’t have a facial deformity, we as a family have experienced so many similar things that are touched on in this book.  The gratefulness that I feel for any other child that has patience for my child and befriends her and is kind to her means the world to me.  When I finished reading this book I cried and I also wanted to stand up and cheer for Auggie.  R.J. Palacio has done a phenomenal job of conveying a story that is so inspirational.  Everyone should read this book and hopefully it will teach every reader to think twice before dismissing anyone who looks or acts differently from the norm.

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