Summary from GoodReads:
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?
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.
Wow. This book . . . yeah, it is totally amazing! I have been hearing a lot of Newbery buzz about Wonder (it wasn’t even a honor book, which it totally should have been!), and it’s definitely been on my radar since it was released last year. But I never picked it up. A work colleague has been telling me for months that I need to read Wonder. And I do want to read more middle grade books this year, so I put the audiobook on hold. You guys, I should not have dragged my feet on reading this. It is one of the best books I’ve read in awhile.
So you may notice this isn’t an Audio Review. That’s because I listened to only 1 disc of Wonder, and needed to read it more than when I was just in my car. So Sunday night, I ended up buying the ebook for $10! I never spend that kind of money on ebooks (it seems really expensive for something I can’t put on display like a physical copy). But I HAD to read it right then, so I splurged. That is how amazing Wonder is.
This is one of those books that makes the reader FEEL ALL THE FEELS! I felt happiness, sadness, frustration, courage, love, adoration, sympathy! Seriously. What I think people can learn most from reading is empathy. By connecting to different characters, and reading their emotions and reactions to different situations helps people be empathic towards others. Wonder demonstrates this perfectly!
August, or Auggie, is the most adorable little boy. He has been dealt a bad hand, being born with a facial deformity. But Auggie is an amazing kid. He’s not perfect, and he definitely gets frustrated and upset by his appearance. Palacio developed this amazing personality for Auggie, and it is so genuine. Starting school as a fifth grader is terrifying for Auggie, but he does it, and he does it was grace.
Palacio doesn’t have us only follow Auggie, though. We also get a chance inside Via’s (Auggie’s sister), Summer’s, Jack’s, Justin’s and Miranda’s mind. It’s amazing, and she does such an amazing job explaining each kids reaction to seeing Auggie for the first time. The whole cast of characters was just amazing.
I think my favorite part of this whole book is how it made me think and feel about my own family. Somehow it made me appreciated my family, knowing that if I was born with Auggie’s condition, my family would love me unconditionally just as Auggie’s family loves him.
You guys, Wonder is one of those books that makes you fall in love with nearly the whole cast of characters, and at the same time feel closer to your family. This is one of the books that gets a big, satisfied sigh upon finishing it. Also, I wanted to pick it right back up and read it again. And, luckily, since I bought the ebook, I will have it with me always 🙂
Seriously, you guys should read this one. Even if you don’t normally read middle grade books, I feel like this is one of those books that everyone will love. Here’s the book trailer: