Thursday, 14 March 2013

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Summary from Goodreads

You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

My Name is August.

I won't describe what i look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

Paperback, 315 pages
Published January 3rd 2013 by Corgi Childrens (first published February 14th 2012) 
My Review
*sigh* I really have no words for how wonderful this book is! Anything I say really won't describe how much I loved this! But I will give it my very best shot!

This heart breaking but beautiful story pulled me in from the very first page. It is filled with emotion and is a real thought provoker! I think there is something for all ages to be learnt throughout August's journey.

What I enjoyed the most about Wonder was the way in which It was written. There were sections from all different point of views - which I think made the book feel all the more real. We get to see how other people see August and how him having (forgive me if I'm wording this wrong) a serious facial birth defect affects others too.

The writing is raw, but brutally honest - I think this is where the beauty in this story lies though!

August is such a trooper and I love how his wicked sense of humour always manages to shine through those tough times. I started this book feeling sorry for little August, but finished it feeling sorry for the people who couldn't see past August's looks. He is a beautiful boy inside and out and I wanted to scream at these small minded people, to just go and talk to August to find this out for themselves.

August was born with a serious facial defect and he has been through countless operations his entire life. He knows when people are staring at him out of the corners of their eyes but he really can't blame them.  He has been home schooled by him mum his whole life. This is a story of his journey through starting school and dealing with people who give him a hard time - it's also a story of beautiful friendships and bravery that is a joy to read!

The ending is fantastic *sob* and that's all I will say about it! I really, really can't urge everyone enough to pick up this highly memorable and extremely moving book, because it really is a must read!

Wonder is simply wonderful! #choosekind

5/5 Stars!

*Special thanks to Corgi for the review copy*

Carly :)



  1. What a wonderful review, Carly! I've been avoiding this book for ages because I'm not ready for the heartbreak, but the honest, raw writing style sounds very appealing.
    As I said, thank you for the gorgeous review.

  2. II read this last year and it was a five star love for me as well and it was on my best of list. I think that everyone middle grader should read this, it is beautiful and touching and loved seeing the different POVS. SUch an uplifting read and yes I cried, too.

  3. This sounds fantastic! I've heard a lot of good things about this book and I'm glad you loved it. I'll have to pick it up sooner rather than later. Great review!

  4. I loved this book so much! It made me sob, but in the best possible way. Lovely review!

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