Wonder by R.J. Palacio

May 12, 2018

August Pullman was born with a facial difference 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.

August’s (Auggie) genetic pool has caused him a deformed face and multiple surgeries (which unfortunately has not made him any prettier) but now he’s starting school after hiding from the world for years. He’s terrified and with good reason because he knows the reactions his face causes – from screams and fright to bullying. However, once he starts school, it becomes a place for August to grow and develop as he endures whispers and bullying but also learns the comfort of friendship and creating an identity for oneself.

The narrative starts off with August’s POV but along the way it changes to August’s friends, his sister, her boyfriend etc. which works really well with the theme of the book. This way, we not only get to see the emotional turmoil from August’s perspective but also how it affects those around him.

This book really got to me, I’m not the type of reader who cries, but I definitely felt a little heartbroken for the boy and I wont’ be able to forget this book for a long time. The bravery, the friendships, the personal development, and all this happening within a “normal” life like we know it. Amazing book. Read it!

You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out