Monday, 23 December 2013

Wonder by R.J. Palacio | Review

At the age of 10, August Pullman has gone through 27 surgical procedures. Every day, he deals with stares and whispers and has never gone to a mainstream school. That all changes when August is enrolled into Beecher Prep at the start of a new school year.

August is thrown into a new, unknown world where he must navigate friendships, school bullies and school lessons. Wonder is split into parts, narrated by August and other characters whose lives he has touched. Through this method, you get to see the impact August makes on the world and those around him through different pairs of eyes.

August is a character who shows remarkable strength and bravery throughout the book. However, August is a child. An extraordinary child, but a child nonetheless. He can be stubborn, petty and selfish, just like any 10 year old boy. And part of Augusts struggle is convincing his new classmates that he's just like them, despite the appearance.

Let's face it, we've all had times in our lives where we have walked past somebody who looks different to us, and had to do a double take. Wonder is a beautiful lesson in tolerance and acceptance. It's a book you connect with on a deep, human level, that makes you want to be a better person. I would honestly encourage everybody to read this book, and I would challenge them not to feel a little bit changed at the end of it.

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