Wonder, R.J. Palacio
“You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out”
Don’t we always say: don’t judge a book by its cover?
Well let’s say that it is more simple said than done.
Auggie, a 10 year-old boy, has been judged by his face for his whole life.
So going to school with hundreds of other kids?
A new step that will change him forever.
Where can I start… I went through so many emotions while reading this book. Curiosity, hope, sadness, joy, fear…
All it took was reading the first page, and I was completely and entirely hooked.
First I’d like to say that the story is very well written. Simple, yet so beautiful to explore and discover. We get to see Palacio’s world from different perspectives, and in that way we get to understand the different characters even better.
Second, if I had to choose one favorite character from all of the books I’ve read this far, it would definitely be Auggie, without hesitation. It is so easy to love that kid. He goes through so much in between these pages, and the reader learns so much from his experiences. You get the chance to understand what it’s like for those who look different, for those who don’t “blend in”. You see the world through little Auggie’s eyes, and you see him through the eyes of those around him. It is beautiful to watch him grow, and to unlock this new vision of the world as he discovers it himself.
Also, what is exceptional about this book, besides literally everything, is the number of inspiring messages that are sent throughout the story. And some of them are just so incredibly simple, yet so eye-opening.
So basically, all I can say to you now is: READ THIS BOOK. READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW.
And then maybe thank me for recommending this with some cookies. 😉