Wonder by R.J. Palacio Book Review

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

There isn’t really much I can say about this books without going into spoilers – therefore the spoiler free section will be quite short. This book was a re-read for me – I read the book physical copy of this book a few years ago and throughly enjoyed it. Then when I was on YouTube and I saw that the audiobook for Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio was on there; which is not the second book to Wonder but a book that does follow the storyline during Wonder. It’s a book of the story of Wonder but from other characters perspectives in the book. I wanted to read this – but I couldn’t remember what happened in Wonder so hence the reason why I decided to re-read Wonder. Wow I used the word Wonder in that paragraph a lot.

It is such a beautifully written book- that shows the everyday struggles of a young boy born with a facial difference. It really makes you realise how hard it must be for Auggie to go through everyday knowing people are judging him, staring at him and talking about him behind his back; and not being able to go anywhere without this happening. It also makes you admire his friends – as they are able to look past Auggie’s facial difference and except him for who he is. It really makes you consider how big of an impact it has on the whole family – and how it must be for those around Auggie that want to care for him but equally want him to have a normal life as much as possible. It annoyed me that people acted as if his face was contagious – and that everyone looked at him when they thought he didn’t notice. This book was told from various different perspectives: such as Auggie’s sister Olivia, Olivia’s boyfriend, Auggie’s friends, Auggie’s classmates and many more. However it wasn’t confusing at all – even the audiobook wasn’t confusing. I would have liked it if we had a bit from the perspective of Auggie’s parents as they are effected hugely – as Auggie is their son. This is all the spoiler free things I have to say – if you like the sound of this book I would recommend you go and read it and come back and read the spoiler bits of this post then.

Spoiler zone


I am going to split this up into characters- as there are a lot of them.


It made me so sad when he felt that he had to cut off his padawan braid, because people would judge him even more. It was something he was proud of and he was made to feel like it was something he should be ashamed of when he shouldn’t have been. This annoyed his sister, as she knew how much it meant to Auggie, and knew that it was something he did with his long term best friend Christopher.

It broke my heart that he felt he had to pretend that people weren’t looking at him, and that he could recognise the look people got when they had seen his face as a child shouldn’t be aware of things like that. I loved the times we saw Auggie having story time with his mother, and when they would have their talks. However it was so sad when Auggie said that he was ugly to his mother; I wanted to reach into the book and give him a big hug. And then when he said “Words can’t change my face” it made me want to hug him even more – as a child at such a young age shouldn’t ever say anything like that.

Last of all when Daisy the dog died my heart fell to pieces, as I knew how hard that would effect Auggie; but also I have a dog whom I love very dearly and would be broken if I lost.


I loved how Summer completely over looked Auggie’s face and sat with him at lunch on his first day. I thought the list they made for only people with summer names being able to sit on the table with them was so funny and sweet.


When the Grandma said that Olivia was her favourite grandchild, my heart felt so warm and fuzzy as Olivia was able to know she meant the world to someone; as her parents sometimes got too carried away with the care of Auggie. The relationship she had with her grandma was the relationship she never had with her parents or mother; and so when she died it left her feeling alone again. She has a lot of independence, as Auggie has always been in the spot light. When her friends changed I just wanted her to tell her parents, let them know that she was sad and felt alone both at home and at school. I was so sad for Olivia when Olivia’s mother had to go and pick up Auggie from school, when they were meant to be having mother and daughter time – as she had got complete attention and time from her mother but it was disturbed again by Auggie.


When he realised he wanted to be friends with Auggie I was so happy, after the time he said he didn’t like how Auggie followed him around all the time. I was so happy when Jack hit Julian; Julian totally deserved that.

Julian’s mother

When she cropped Auggie out of the class picture I was repulsed. I thought this was absolutely awful. She is an adult, she is meant to be a understanding and excepting and the grown up in the situation; what a role model for her son…. not.


So that’s my thoughts and opinions on Wonder by R.J. Palacio, don’t forget to like and comment this post if you have any questions. If you haven’t read this book already go and find a copy and read but be warned that although is is a cute and quick read it is also heartbreaking reading about the way August is treated – when the way he looks isn’t even his fault. If you have read Wonder or watched the film – please comment your thoughts and opinions in the comments telling me your favourite moments in the book or your thoughts on the film. Thank you for reading my book review – and I will see you again in the next wonderful world I visit. Until then I would appreciate it if you went checked out my other posts and followed my blog. I hope you are having the best day possible!


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  1. This sounds like a heart breaking read, but one that is definitely worth a look. As you said it was on YouTube, I might have a look at the audio version of it, though I think I would need a happy book to follow it. I like how you separate your review from spoiler to non spoiler.

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    1. Oh it is heartbreaking, but yes definitely worth the read. Yes it is, I will send you the link to the video so you make sure you get the one that has the full audiobook on it, if you want me to? Yes I can send you a link for a happier audiobook that you can read afterwards if you want me to too? What kind of things do you like? Have you read a Kasie West book? Thank you that is very kind of you! I am glad you like it – I thought it would be a good way tobe to talk about both the spoiler bits and the non spoiler bits without people getting spoilt; as I hate it when books are spoilt.
      Emma. Xx


      1. Hi Emma
        I haven’t read any Kasie West. I like legal crime books best, but also any thrillers and sometimes a chick lit book. I don’t like fantasy or historical. The links to audio books would be great. Are they via YouTube?

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      2. Hi Amanda
        I will send you the YouTube links now on Twitter. If you go on my blog there is a book review for a book called On the Fence – do you like the sound of that as that is a happy read you could read after Wonder? If so tell me and I will send you the link to that. If not have you read a Harlen Coben or Sophie Mckenzie book as they are good thrillers? Yes they are! X 😃😁


    1. I have yet to see it too, I really want to though as it looks really good and is an amazing story! I know it looks so sad! Thank you for saying my review is a great review – it is very kind of you and I really appreciate it! Xx 😄😊


    1. Thank you that is very kind of you; I really appreciate it!! I am glad you liked it!!! Awe no yes I think that would be a good idea, as I have heard the film is true to the book. What is the film like? Did you enjoy it? 😁😆

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      1. The film was amazing, I had to cry a bit 😀 I don’t generally like Julia Roberts but she was great here. I always try to read the book first and then watch the movie as an extension of it, but here I didn’t even know it was based on a book :/ 🙂

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      2. Was it, I need to watch it? I don’t blame you, it’s a sad story. Was she – oh that is good? Yes I do too, but sometime I am the same I watch the film and then find out it is based on a book. I would recommend reading the book, as it is written really well. 🙂 😁😁

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  2. I want to read this book. It may pull at my heartstrings, especially being a mom…but I have heard nothing but good things. I have put off watching the movie, as i always prefer reading the book first.

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