Wonder- R.J. Palacio


Goodreads puts it quite well.

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

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.


I’m sure there are some because well, no book is perfect no matter how perfect it is. I just realized that made no sense, but hey ho I’ll just pretend you know what I mean 😛


This book can be read for anyone- just like any book to be honest. However, there does seem to be something special to this book, such that whoever you are, you can just connect to one of the characters. For example, when I read this book, although I fell in love with all of the characters, I particularly connected and understood Vi, Auggie’s sister (side note, I have a younger brother). I then recommended this book to my mum to read after she came asking for a book to read while on holiday, and although this is considered a “children’s book” she loved it (which just goes to prove that there should be no lower age limit for books). However, anyway, when my mum read it, unlike me, she at once connected with the mother of the child. It just goes to show how awesome this book is and how there is a piece of it that everyone can grow to love.

If I heard them in real life or when I was younger I would have probably thought they were cliché (if I knew what that word meant as a kid ;)).

I loved how it didn’t just feature Auggie’s point of view but also all his friends and family. It just makes the book seem more 3D as the “baddie” is no longer the “baddie” and is just some kid who is trying too hard to make friends. Also, when we have a main character such as “Auggie” who doesn’t look “normal” we often ignore the other characters who are there, and at once sympathize with August rather than looking at who else his disfigurement also affects.

Favorite Quotes

  • “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”
  • “Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”
  • “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness”
  • “The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.”
  • “Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing”

So anyway, in my opinion this book was amazing! 5 stars easily 🙂 but I really don’t think that this review can summarize how I really love this book.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by thatvoiceinsidemyhead on July 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” Amen to that


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