Contemporary, Review, Young Adult

Wonder | R J Palacio

Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Published: 03/01/2013
Genre: Young Adult. Contemporary.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 315
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (Goodreads)
You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

I had been wanting to read Wonder for sooo long when I finally picked it up for booktuber Sarah Churchill’s Anti Bullying Week Readathon and I wish I had decided to pick it up sooner.

I raced through Wonder in just a few hours and I fell completely and utterly in love with the characters and with Palacio’s style of writing. The way that she brings her characters to life on the page just brings a smile to your face and you just cannot help but feel for her characters.

Wonder not only made me laugh, but it also made me cry. I just wanted to bundle Auggie up in a bunch of blankets, give him hot chocolate and keep him safe.

Overall, a heart-warming story that gives the reader a whole bunch of different feels. I am very glad that I decided to read this.


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