Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”

Wonder is a very uplifting, feel-good story about a boy called August. It isn’t dark or gritty what you may expect before reading it. The book is split up in several parts and every part is being told from the perspective of another character. So we don’t only get to see the perspective of August himself, but also from the people who are close to him. Which I totally loved! You get their background, you get to know their feelings and what they think about certain things too. It makes the book even more interesting.

The writing style is easy to read, the chapters are short, but yet it is so stunning.

I felt that the main characters in the book were very real. Everybody makes mistakes, the kids really acted like kids and in the way I had expected kids would. The things that are happening in the school are familiar, because it really went like that in middle school in real life. We all have experienced it, maybe not in the way August and his classmates did, but still it is familiar.

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Our main character August is a ten year old boy. On the inside he feels like he is ordinary, but the truth is, August is far from ordinary. He has got a facial abnormality and now has to go to a real school for the first time in his life. And he is dreading it. He worries about being accepted, making new friends and if they would see that he is just like him underneath it all.

August’s sister Olivia, or Via, has to cope with her own problems, like friends growing apart, going to a new school and the ‘problem’ of having a brother like August.

We also get to see the perspective of two of August’s friends, Summer and Jack. Which is very interesting too, because than you get to know why they did the things they have done. What their motives are. How they feel about August.

There was only one perspective of a person that felt a little unnecessary, but still it was interesting to see how a person from the outside thinks of August’s family. How they experience it.

In wonder we follow the first year of August on a real school. There is not really a plot, just a lot of interesting, sad, fun and happy things happening in that certain part of August’s life. The book never lacked interest and I never got bored with it. It made a lot of emotions and feelings free in me. And not even the story of August himself got me almost in tears, it was something unexpected.

I totally loved the attachments in the end. They were funny and they gave me hope. Just like the whole book gave me hope. It was pure perfection. If I would let my future children read a book, Wonder is definitely one of them. It is so much more than just a story. It contains good lifelessons, that there is more to a person than we can see on the outside, that it’s the inside that counts and not the outside. One of my favourite books for sure. I think everyone should read this book.

“You really are a wonder, Auggie. You are a wonder.”

RATING: ★★★★★

Wonder / R.J. Palacio / Corgi Childrens / 2012 / 315 pages / ISBN  9780552565974

The Bookish Scenarios tag

Thanks a lot to Mariana @ fireheartbooks for tagging me to do the Bookish Scenarios tag!

1.) You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep one from each of these genres – contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction and one other genre of your choosing. What books do you keep?

Contemporary – Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe for sure. I have mentioned this book a lot lately, but I just have too. It’s amazing.

You can find my review of Aristotle and Dante by clicking here

Fantasy – The name of the wind by Patrick Rothfuss. A book I mentioned a lot too.

You can find my review of the name of the wind by clicking here

Non-fiction – ooh I don’t read much non-fiction, but I’m going with the diary of a young girl, because that’s the only non-fiction book I remember reading.

Thriller: The girl with all the gifts, because this book is very unique and it really surprised me.

You can find my review of the girl with all the gifts by clicking here

2.) You’re at the bookstore and you hear a teenager telling their mom they don’t like to read, but their mom insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading – what book is it?

Probably Percy Jackson, because it’s easy to read, action-packed throughout the whole book, it’s about gods and demi-gods, which is very interesting and every book in the series is just so much fun to read!

3.) You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a great mood?

I’m about to say Aristotle and Dante again, but I will pick another one for the change. Let’s go with a book I have read this year too and that’s Me and Earl and the dying girl. It was the first book that had me laughing out loud and it was a fun read. Although I almost shed a tear at some point too.

You can find my review of Me and Earl and the dying girl by clicking here

4.) You go back in time for a day to your child-hood years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?
Any book in the ranger’s apprentice series!

You can find some thoughts I have about the series by clicking here

5.) Your friend surprises you with a 4 day trip and you have 1 hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way?

The wise man’s fear by Patrick Rothfuss. This book is huge! I’m telling you. So I will have a lot of pages to turn and I won’t be without a good story to read.

6.) Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry – everyone is safe, but your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe?

I can’t chose just one! That’s not fair. I hope all of them, but especially the ones I already mentioned above. Like Aristotle and Dante, I’m sorry. My books by Patrick Rothfuss and my beautiful editions of the Harry Potter series too, of course.

7.) Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs?

C is not an option to me, because my friends don’t really own books. Not that I would have done it if they had. That’s just something I wouldn’t do. I’m going with option A. I’m not going to ask them to repurchase it for me, that’s too much to ask in my opinion, but I will tell them to be careful the next time.

 

 


 

 

I’m tagging everyone who sees this and wants to do this!

Review: Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”

This book is just so, so beautiful. I’m really glad Benjamin Alire Sáenz decided to continue with writing this book and didn’t give up on it, because it’s amazing!

It follows two boys, Aristotle and Dante. Aristotle is an angry teen and has to fight a war within himself. Dante is a stubborn know-it-all with an unusual way of looking at the world. Although the two of them are very different, on the day they first met, a new friendship is born. And it’s because of that friendship that they find out the truths about themselves and who they really want to be.
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Review: Me and Earl and the dying girl by Jesse Andrews

“There are two kinds of hot girls: Evil Hot Girls, and Hot Girls Who Are Also Sympathetic Good-Hearted People and Will Not Intentionally Destroy Your Life (HGWAASGHPAWNIDYL).”

My mission was to find a book that made me laugh out loud, because I never have before! I don’t know why, but it has to be really, really funny to make me laugh out loud, apparently. And I want to so badly. So when I heard that this book was hilarious, I just had to read it and hope it would make my wish come true. And oh boy it did. I was laughing out loud on the first pages already. Although I thought the second part of the book wasn’t as strong as the first part and didn’t had me LOL like the first part did, I still liked it a lot. And it had me almost shedding a tear near the end. Continue reading