Book Review

Wonder by R.J. Palacio


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 wasn’t ever the new kid at school, because I went to school from Kindergarten to Graduation with over 75% of my graduating class so I don’t know how it is to be the new kid. I can only hope that when Michael was the new kid in 1st grade that it went okay with him. He never talked about having any issues, but that doesn’t mean that things didn’t happen that he really didn’t want his dad or I to know about. Connor wasn’t the new kid because he started Kindergarten with the other kids.

I originally bought this book so Michael and I could read it together, and then when I told him about it, he said that his 5th grade class is currently reading it and once they’re finished with it, they will get to go watch the movie together. I purchased it Sunday, started it Monday morning [had to finish previous books I was reading] and I finished it this morning. Definitely not one of my fastest reads, and that is okay. I really wanted to savor the story so I tried to read it as slowly as I possibly could!

Everytime Isabel spoke in the book, knowing that Julia Roberts is going to be playing her in the movie, I could imagine her speaking. Same with the dad, I read his parts as Owen Wilson’s voice!

I think the book brings a good message with it. Be kind. Not everyone is going to look like everyone else expects to be normal. And I think people shouldn’t pick on those who they don’t think are normal looking. I did enjoy getting to read other people’s views on Auggie and what they had to endure as well. Summer, Jack, Via and Justin told their stories and I did enjoy that.

I think this should be a book that is required to be read in 5th grade, because face it, that’s when popularity primarily becomes a thing and kids get mean. They start picking on other kids around that time frame (I’m not saying 5th grade specifically).

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