Monday, April 30, 2012

Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Genre: Middle grade contemporary
Format: ARC
Source: Contest @ Randombuzzers

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

My thoughts:
First of all thank you Random buzzers, and Random House Publishing to allow me to read this amazing book!

To August Pullman he is a normal ten year old kid starting to middle school who likes to play xbox, watch tv, and be with his family. To everyone else he is anything but normal. August was born with a facial deformity that to other people makes him look like a monster. Throughout his life hes learned to deal with the stares, and awkward behavior of strangers, and has learned to accept himself. He has a loving adoring family, and a few close friends.

Everything changes on that first day of middle school though. He starts to question if he really is a monster, or weird. He doesn't know who is true friends are, and slowly comes to the realization that some people just don't like you, no matter what you look like. Auggie is a strong kid, with an amazing heart, and meets some amazing people along the way. I normally don't read middle grade that often anymore, but I thought since the topic was controversial I'l give it a shot.

R.J.'s writing style is kid friendly, and easy to read, but you are always in the mind of every character she is writing about. Not to say that adults and teens will be able to sense that this is marketed towards a younger audience, because the characters personalities are very established. What I like was about half way through the story we start reading in another characters perspective. August's sister Violet gets to tell what it's like in her shoes having a brother who is special, and usually gets all the attention. We get to be in the mind's of Auggie's bullies from school, and his friends so we can see how they really view him. There is so much perspective in this book, it's incredible, nothing is left out! I really wish more writers would do this, no matter the genre, or age group involved. I must also say I really enjoy the cover, it's spot on with the story. I will make sure to check out more of her books in the future!

This is an inspirational story that I think any age of people will appreciate, and learn a lot from! Wonder really teaches you never to judge someone by their appearances because they could end up becoming your best friend.


P.S. seriously read this book, then let me know what you think! ;)


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