Wednesday, 13 May 2015

REVIEW: Wonder by R.J Palacio


Title : Wonder

Author : R.J Palacio

Genre: Middle grade contemporary

Star Rating: 5*****

Goodreads Synopsis:
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?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

I'd like to start this review by saying that I think EVERYONE should read this novel. The issues and emotions that it explorers are truly touching and makes you put things into perspective.

This novel follows the story of August Pullman. He has some form of facial disability however, we never actually learn what it is in medical terms although we do get some small description about what his face looks like. August story is told from multiple perspectives including August himself, his mother, sister, father and school friends. This makes the story all that more touching because we hear the raw feelings of everyone around August and how his disability has affected them and their lives.

This book also presents us with the idea that a disability not only has an effect on the person that has that disability but, also on the lives of the people around them. People can sometimes resent a person because they have a disability and hate that it has an impact on their own lives. We see this idea come to the fore when we read from the perspective of Augusts sister. It teaches us that people aren't bad for not wanting someone in their family to have a disability. They are only human but, the lesson that this book tries to teach us is that people don't hate people for having a disability, rather, they come to accept that their disability is a part of the person and because that disability is part of the person they love it because that has made that person they way they are.

This novel can teach us a lot and I think that everyone should definitely give this a read.

That's it guys! I know it was short today but, I feel like I've put everything I needed to into the review.

I'll be back Saturday with a new review and on Sunday I will have my introductory post to our new Clary Fray in the Shadowhunters TV show, Katherine McNamara!

See you soon!

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