I know ~another~ book review *rolls eyes* but in all seriousness, I’ve read a few over the past month so you should defo expect more. Soz in advance (not really tho). So today I’m reviewing Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Enjoy!
My name is August.
I won’t describe what I look like.
Whatever you’re thinking,
it’s probably worse.
Okay so this book has been made into a movie featuring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson (love them both!) but I haven’t seen it and I don’t have any plans to (although it’s on Netflix so maybe if I’m in the mood some night).
Right… Wonder focuses on this wee boy who was born with a severe face abnormality. Basically, he’s really hard to look at but has lived with it his whole life so is used to people pointing and staring and generally avoiding him.
August was home-schooled his whole life so when the decision was made for him to attend a ‘real’ school everyone was a tad apprehensive. Naturally, the cub makes a few chums who don’t mind his face and, of course, he meets a few who wanna give him a hard time for it. It is quite nice to hear how August deals with all of this , not just starting a new school, but dealing with bullies, his classes and generally the other pupils. The thing about August is that he has a pretty great personality, so nearly everyone treats him like a normal fella.
Wonder isn’t just about August. You get to see how his abnormality effects his sister’s life and how she is trying to cope with people learning that the kid with the messed up face is ‘her’ brother. You also get to see how she manages the transition into High School and how she drifts away from her old friends. I enjoyed reading about her because it broke up the story and kept things exciting. I also really like how you get to read from a few of the characters’ points of view, so things were always a wee bit different.
Personally, I didn’t like the whole bullying thing. It made me sad reading about how some people (even adults) would pick fun at this little boy over something he obvs didn’t ask for. I know this happens in real life, but the nastiness of it just didn’t sit well with me. At the same time, however, I think this book sends a great message that it isn’t always about looks and it’s what is on the inside that really matters at the end of the day.
I thought the ending was good, but at the same time it left me a bit deflated. I just wish there was a bit more to it than there was. There was kinda this build up to something great and then… nothing. Overall though, Wonder is an incredibly easy read (I flew through it!) and I did really enjoy it.
Have you read this book? Or have you seen the movie? Let me know in the comments if it’s worth the watch!
Until next time…