Book Review: Wonder {R.J. Palacio}

It will be hard to find the words to describe just how much I loved this book but I’ll try…

Synopsis from Goodreads:


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

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

My Thoughts:

(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)

5 Stars (would give it a million stars if I could)

I am writing this review with actual tears in my eyes.  This book is perfection and the various messages that it sends are some of the strongest, most impactful, and most important messages one can learn.  I absolutely loved this book and cannot recommend it enough.

The story is written from the different perspectives of various people and each chapter is short and very quick.  This is one of those books that could so easily be read in one sitting!  I read it over 2 days but if I had the time (and the quiet!), I easily have devoured it all at once.

It’s technically “Young Adult Literature” (YA) but truly can (and should) be read by all ages.  The life lessons taught here are applicable and necessary to everyone.

This beautiful story will have you laughing, crying, and feeling every emotion in between.  If you haven’t read this one yet, you are in for such a wonderful treat!

Bottom Line:

Many people think this book should be required reading for all middle schoolers.  Those people are wrong.  This book should be required reading for all middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults.

On Wednesday I will have an adorable CHILDREN’S book review and GIVEAWAY of it for you!

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