You know what I think about Wonder? I THINK EVERYONE ON THE PLANET SHOULD READ IT. Yep, it was worth the all caps. Not only does R.J. Palacio do an absolutely wonderful job writing this story, it’s a heart-warming, tear-jerking and all around awesome read.
I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity 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.
Need more reason to read this? My friend, who isn’t a big reader, was the one who highly recommended this one. That’s right people. A non-avid book reader suggested this book. She’s a teacher and reads it to her students as well. It’s that kind of story. One that impacts you at any age.
“Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the word.” – Auggie’s Precept
It’s mostly told through little Auggie (who I just want to hug), but there’s a few chapters that are told from other people’s perspectives. I wasn’t prepared for it at first, but it works perfectly. Plus the book is full of gems to hold on to.
“…but what I want you, my students, to take away from your middle-school experience,” he continued, “is the sure knowledge that, in the future you make for yourselves, anything is possible. If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary – the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.”
It’s amazing that this is a debut novel. I can’t wait to see what R.J. Palacio comes out with next! I’ll probably cry in that one too. Really, read this one people!
Have any of you read this one? What did you think? I think I need to go read it again.
“He is the greatest,” he finally continued, “whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.”