Wonder by R. J. Palacio (book review)

5/5 stars
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Wonder is a book written by R. J. Palacio. The book follows the story of a young boy named Auggie, a boy that has a mutation in his DNA that alters his bone structure. The main plot of the book is how Auggie deals with new environments, in other words, his first time in a “real” school. You see, he has never gone to a real school due to his condition, so his mother gave him home schooling. Until now, where his parents believe that it’s best for him to interact with other kids and make new friends.

The book is separated in different parts, these being different point of views. You have Auggie’s, his sister Via’s point of view, and others that surround him. The author does a good job of keeping the reader interested. Even though you’re reading a different person’s perspective on things, you do happen to have updates on what’s going on with Auggie, or more so a further explanation of the situation from another person’s stance.

Turning our attention to the problems that the author presents, in my opinion, I think they were well handled. When you think about it a boy similar to Auggie, would face some problems at school, being so it is the first time he faces a big school. however something I disagree with is the lack of guidance he had during the year. Let me explain, yes he had a special meeting with the director who asked a few other students to come and show him around the school. But I was expecting Auggie to go to  a type of monthly meeting where they would check on him and see if everything was okay. I do see how this wouldn’t happen just something I found out of the ordinary.

So, getting more into my opinion on the book itself, I loved it from beginning to end. It had me laughing at some parts and in others, miserable and wanting to hug Auggie. It is quite a book that I will remember and look back on. I even see myself picking it up again since it was so enjoyable. after reading this book I’ve noticed that’s its nice to sometimes pick up a light hearted book to relax and have a break from plot twisting and adventure filled books.

Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world. — Auggie


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