REVIEW : Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Wonder, #1)

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.

Goodreads rating 4.4/5🌟

My rating : 4.8/5🌟

I swear, this book made it to my top 5. If I had to describe the whole book in a word, that would be insightful.

A light, normal-paced read, but definitely a page-turner. This book is very inspiring, not only to kids, but to teenagers and adults too. It shows you how very sick people like Auggie Pullman is actually very normal. Even more normal than any other normal-looking people.

Being born with a chromosomal mutation that is very rare, is not an easy task for a 10-year-old kid named August. 27 surgeries and wakes up to see his special face every day in the mirror and still stays calm? I wonder how many people will be able to do that. To see how people recoil whenever his face is revealed in public, or to have people wash their hands immediately after having a contact with him, I must say that Auggie is a very patient, strong and bold kid.

There are 6 viewpoints in this book–Auggie’s, Via’s, Jack’s, Summer’s, Miranda’s, and Justin’s. It really breaks my heart when Via’s part comes out. We see her as the perfect sister that ever was, but of course, she faces her own struggles too. When the entire family’s attention is pulled towards Auggie, Via silently does all the work by herself. She doesn’t need the attention, her brother does. And this makes me sad. She really is a good sister.

Having friends to talk behind your back is the last thing you ever want to happen during school. Auggie is disappointed, and very mad, actually. But he shrugs it off. It’s just another phase of life. He lives in a brutal world, and he acknowledges that. He’s really tough, that kid.

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.

To sum it up, I think this book is accessible to every range of age. Try living as Auggie for a year, and you’ll understand his struggles. Definitely recommended.

Goodreads : Nur Khairanie

Twitter : @KhairanieJumadi

Instagram : @dreamybooknerd

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