Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Series: N/A
Release Date: February 14th 2012
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Source: Library

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?

Where do I even begin with this book? It was absolutely amazing and extremely heartwarming. First off I want to say that I believe that every single person needs to read this book, regardless of age because it opens your eyes and makes you reflect on things you may have done before. I know I personally am guilty of staring at someone who looked different than "normal", and after reading this book I wanted to go back and smack myself for doing it. Reading Auggie's story makes your realize that kids (or anyone) are no different regardless of how they may look or if they have any disabilities. There are a lot of people who are quick to judge and create misconceptions about people who are different, and this book did a great job addressing it.

The writing was done extremely well and it was a super quick read. Once I started it was hard for me to stop. I loved how the book was written in the different perspectives of people who are a part of Auggie's life. Instead of just seeing what Auggie was experiencing, the I was able to see how certain things were seen by his family and friends. After an extremely heartbreaking part in the story, the narrative switched from Auggie to his friend/peer Jack Will and it allows you to see why he did what he ultimately did. Also, reading from Via's (Auggie's big sister) point of view gives the reader an idea of what it is like to have a family member who has special needs. Overall R.J. Palacio did a fantastic job writing this book.

Wonder may be a work of fiction, but it is extremely educational and eye-opening. It's not just a story about a kid going to school, it's a book about love and acceptance. Auggie has forever taken a special place in my heart.

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