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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.
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.
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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