ThrowbackThursday: Wonder by RJ Palacio

Hello everyone.. Hope you are all having a great week. I’m back with one of my favorite book memes, #ThrowbackThursday created by Renee of It’s Book Talk (https://itsbooktalk.com/) as her way of sharing some of her favorite oldies but goodies books that were published more than a year ago. Check out her blog to see her TBT recommendations this week. 🙂

Today, I’m featuring one of the best books I’ve read a couple of years ago, which I realized I haven’t reviewed, even after the movie was shown in cinemas. Yes, I am talking about the wonderful story by RJ Palacio, WONDER. 

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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. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

August or Auggie was born with severe facial deformity caused by the disease called Treacher Collins. Because of his facial features, he became subject for bullies and his mom had him home-schooled to avoid issues from the outside world. Then she decided one day to let her son explore the world and go to normal school. And that’s when all sorts of reactions, extreme judgments, peculiar relationships and new-found friendships were established and created.

Told in multiple perspectives, Wonder gives the reader the insights of all the people concerned and surrounded by Auggie. I really love August, he’s such a fine young boy and I consider him normal amidst his abnormalities. The universe had been unkind to him, as one of the characters, Miranda, had proclaimed, and it is with a heavy heart that I had to agree with her. But Auggie represents hope and love and all I can see in him is his kind heart.

At first I thought, this whole book should have just been told by Auggie, but then later on, I learned and understood the other characters more, like Via, Summer, Jack, Miranda, and Justin. I was flabbergasted by Auggie’s sister, Via because of her selfishness and jealousy towards her brother. I understand where she was coming from, but she’s got so many insecurities that it was really hard to like her. She’s lucky though, because she had an understanding boyfriend, Justin, whom I admired so much. He’s such a good person and treats Auggie and his family with respect and kindness.

I liked Jack too, even though he started out as a jerk too, like the other bully Julian. Jack in the end resolved to be good and redeemed himself and became Auggie’s bestfriend. Julian, on the other hand, OMG, I dunno what to do with him. I just can’t. He’s the epitome of a bully in every sense of the word.  Plus his mother, too, ugh, I really don’t like them.

This has been a heartbreaking and heartwarming read, I got so much love and so many feels for August Pullman and his family in this wonderful book. Wonder is a kiddie book written by RJ Palacio, but it didn’t really feel like it was a children’s book, because this one’s a little more mature and really interesting and surprisingly tugged at my heartstrings.

I just learned that there are now other mini-novels or companion novels written by Palacio and I really hope to get to read them soon. I don’t know about reading Julian’s book though, but if it will help me understand him, so be it. 🙂 Now I’m off to watch the movie version!

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