Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult | Children’s > Realistic Fiction

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

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?

*****

For parents who are expecting a child (whether their first or not), normally what would they fear at that stage?

Me? When I was pregnant, my big worry is that my baby will be abnormal. deformed. I did not wish for a beautiful child, I only wish that he will be healthy when he’s born. When I saw my son, not only is he perfectly healthy, but he is beautiful. whole. normal. so much more than the things i prayed for.

Auggie’s parents were not so lucky. But despite his facial deformity, Auggie is as normal as it gets. he’s smart, witty, and hilarious. I love Auggie! His personality just leapt from the pages and tickled my fancy. I thought this is a depressing story. It’s not. Just a lot of reflections from a boy who just want to be remembered (and loved) but not because of his horrible-looking face.

I want to embrace his Dad! The most striking scene he has with Auggie is this. In two years, Auggie wore a helmet and never took it off. one day, the helmet has gone missing.

Oh, Auggie, don’t be mad. I’m sorry. I just couldn’t stand see you wear that thing on your head anymore, you know? i didn’t think it was good for you.

Come on, Auggie, please try to understand, you were wearing that helmet all the time. and the real, real, real truth is: I missed seeing your face, Auggie. I know you don’t always love it, but you have to understand… I love it. I love this face of yours, Auggie, completely and passionately. And it broke my heart that you were always covering it up.

What a WONDERful father. :)

You’re gonna love all the characters here (well, except Julian, maybe). Wonder is heartwarming, heart-wrenching, heart-everything!

People can be cruel to Auggie almost every time. But he found comfort, love and triumph in his family, and his new friends. He never expected the universe will be kind to him. but it did.

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Imprint: Alfred A. Knopf BFYR

Pub Date: 02/14/2012

Thank you NetGalley and Random House for granting my galley request.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

  1. Awww I love the quote from the dad too. Auggie is such an amazing character, isn’t he? Glad you enjoyed this book too. It’s hard not to use “wonderful” to describe it, isn’t it?

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