Wonder By R.J Palacio.
- Pages: 317 pages.
- Format: UK Paperback.
- Publisher: Corgi
- Release Date: 14th February 2012
Blurb: 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. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
Why did I put off reading this book for so long? I have absolutely no idea at all, but one night at work I decided to pick it up and start reading it on the train home and something just resonated with me. Wonder is told in various perspectives, firstly August, his sister Via and her boyfriend Justin but also Via’s best friend Miranda and August’s two friends Summer and Jack. I felt the multiple perspectives was a brilliant narrative technique to tell August’s story simply because it emphasised that it was not just his story but he was an important part of others.
Auggie’s story is so emotional that I was gripped from the first few pages and could not put it down at all! I think the reason I connected with Auggie was that at school I got bullied like he did due to my skin disorder which was mainly on my face and I got awarded the nickname ‘Lizard’. But Auggie overcomes the bullying, he makes friends and we as an audience are able to experience that with him, especially with his friends Jack and Summer. Reading from Jack and Summer’s perspectives were eye-opening as it was interesting to see how they interacted with Auggie and how being friends with him affected them. Even though it doesn’t matter because Auggie is not different to anyone really except that he looks different but on the inside, he is kind and good. But I will admit it that I enjoyed it (just a little) when Jack punched Julian in the face for bullying Auggie.
Overall, the story is about choosing kind and being kind. That being kind may not always be easy but it’s important to do, no matter to who because you have no reason not to be real. I adored this book and I would recommend anyone read it who hasn’t yet or even watch the film which is superb!