Renee Conoulty: Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Monday, 16 January 2017

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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.

Hey! Heres' my review.

A down to earth and realistic exploration into living with a physical disability told from multiple perspectives. I loved how this book made me feel empathetic rather than sympathetic towards each of the characters. Life can be tough for a kid who has a physical deformity, but it can also be tough for their friends and family. Each of the perspectives had a distinctly different voice, which was enhanced by the audiobook narrator. I'd been planning to read this for ages and I'm glad I finally made the time.

  • Where: Audible
  • Format: audiobook

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