Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

Genre: Children’s lit

Published: February 14th 2012

Dates Read: 9/6/2017 – 9/10/2017

Source: bought from Amazon

My Rating:

Goodreads SynopsisI 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?

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 ThoughtsI had seen people talking about this book here and there early this year but I never really looked into it. When I saw the movie trailer for it, it hit me that there was a book. I immediately looked up the book and proceeded to buy it after seeing the movie trailer because I wanted to read the book before I watched the movie. When I got it in the mail I put all of the other books I was reading on hold because I just had to read this book.

The first paragraph hit me. As soon as I read it I got teary eyed. I literally read the first paragraph put the book down picked it back up to read it again and I think I did that a couple of times before I managed to get past the first paragraph.

This book will pull at your heartstrings and you will get mad at some of the stuff that happens. I had a personal connection with this book and Auggie and what he goes through. Most of you already know this but for any new followers I have I am a double amputee. Because I am different I went through a lot of the bullying that Auggie has to go through although for different reasons of course. Reading this book brought back some of those childhood memories for me.

I love the message “Choose Kind” that this book is trying to get across. Just because someone looks different doesn’t make them any less of a person and we definitely don’t deserve to be made fun of or put down because of it.

Even though this book is geared toward younger audiences I would recommend this to all ages. It truly is such a touching book.

11 thoughts on “Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

  1. Misty, one of the reasons I love your reviews is when you talk about emotional elements in a book, your emotions jump off your words and hit me right in my heart. This is not an exception. This review almost made me cry. It got me all teary eyed at least. So good.
    Imagining what you had gone through, my heart goes out to you and I am truly proud what a strong, genuinely amazing person you have become. I appreciate you so much! Thank you for such a brilliant review, it is concise, but pulled at my heartstrings. love this review 😉

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    1. Aww Noriko thank you so much!! I literally put this review together in like 10 minutes and felt like I didn’t really do it justice because it has been a while since I read it. Reading your comment makes me feel so much better about it. Thank you again Noriko!!

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      1. Your welcome! That’s my honest opinion! This is such a great review, reflecting your own experience made this review really convincing and made me want to read it once again!!

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    1. Yeah I went to the theater and watched the movie by myself because I wanted to see it so bad. I thought it was good but like most cases the book was better. I hope you end up reading it and enjoying it.


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