Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The Synopsis:

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.

I read this book for my own pleasure and was not required to write a review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


Such a powerful message of overcoming the trials of being different, while also inspiring others to seek out those differences and choose to be kind.

Wonder is a book that gained popularity for a good reason. Told from the perspective of a little boy who is ashamed to look at himself in a mirror, our hearts our captivated by his journey of attending school for the first time and making new friends.

Though you can find this book in the “children’s” department of stores and libraries, it does satisfy readers of all ages. I, personally, did find the story to progress a bit slow. but it is still a story that I would recommend reading at least once. It is clean, heartfelt, real, and everything one looks for in a Contemporary story.

(And yes, the movie did it justice! Simply wonderful!)

I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

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