Book Review: Wonder-You Can’t Blend In When You Were Born To Stand Out

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Book Written by R.J Palacio.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.   Don’t judge a boy by his face.

“My name is August. I won’t describe what i look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

August, is a ten a year old boy. He does normal/ordinary things that other ten year old do. He rides a bike, he eats ice cream, he has a XBOX. Basically, he’s a normal kid like us. But there’s something that’s not at all ordinary about him:

He is deformed.

August, was un-lucky enough, to get a double dose of this mutant gene(which is really really rare) that makes Auggie not at all like a ordinary kid after all. Though he has this deformed face, he’s a very good boy. You know, Sometimes, we shouldn’t go on the child’s face. The person may have a physical abnormality  but this doesn’t mean that person thinks or feels different then we do, about himself.

What i think of this book:

This book couldn’t have been better.

I love the words the author has used, the way she describes the emotions of Auggie, the way he feels. It feels like Auggie is really telling you his feelings. I can read this book again and again! Sometimes, when i sit down to do something, i pick up Wonder and start reading from any page.

…And, the way that boy handles himself even though the whole school is talking behind his back, whispering bad things in each others ear, and what not! How he just was Being Himself, not trying to be popular all the time when almost all of his school friends did. One thing i learned from this book was: You should have compassion for people and children of all kinds.

I also love the boy’s spirit. Even when kids called him a “freak”, a “Zombie Kid”, and they also went to the extend of telling him that: Your mom is unlucky to have you, so you should die.  And, in-general, middle school is very tough to cope with. Children bully you, talk bad things about you, and always try to look good, be popular, wear good clothes.

And after having a face like Auggie, it’s far more tough to cope.

Though august had many operations, his face still didn’t change much. He had to face so many painful surgeries for his jaw, his eye, his cleft pallet. But yet, he was brave, kind, and never much said that: “why do i have a face like this?” or anything else. Many people will just break down, crumble, and wouldn’t even like to live! He even joked about himself, his face, he was a bright kid.

Also, he was always funny, and kind with his friend Jack, and all of his school friends who behaved nicely with him. I simply admire the courage of the boy, the way the author has written this book, the story line, the great messages in this book, and well, everything in this book!

I must really really recommend this book to adults and children. And i’m very sure, children will love reading every line of this book.

And hey, so here’s a trailer of that book. Don’t forget to watch it after you have completed reading the review!

Trailer One

Tralier Two

Trailer Three

In this video, the Author of Wonder-R.J Palacio discusses about this book. Must watch.

Oh, and finally, here are some beautiful lines from that book:

1. August Pullman says: “Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world”

2. August and his moms conversation:

Do people look the same when they go to heaven, mommy?”
“I don’t know. I don’t think so.”
“Then how do people recognize each other?”
“I don’t know, sweetie. They just feel it. You don’t need your eyes to love, right?” 

3. August thinks this when he wins a medal in his school(won’t mention why):

“I wasn’t even sure why I was getting this medal, really. No, that’s not true. I knew why. It’s like people you see sometimes, and you can’t imagine what it would be like to be that person, whether it’s somebody in a wheelchair or somebody who can’t talk. Only, I know that I’m that person to other people, maybe to every single person in that whole auditorium.To me, though, I’m just me. An ordinary kid. But hey, if they want to give me a medal for being me, that’s okay. I’ll take it. I didn’t destroy a Death Star (from Star Wars) or anything like that, but I did just get through the fifth grade. And that’s not easy, even if you’re not me.” 

4. August’s school teacher, Mr. Browne’s October precept: “Your deeds are your monuments.”

5. August school teacher Mr. Browne’s September precept: “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind. – Dr Wayne W. Dyer” 

6. Auggie’s friend Amos’s Conti’s precept in his school: “Don’t try too hard to be cool. It always shows, and that’s uncool.” 

You know, I just can’t believe how it’ll feel like to be like that. I mean, keeping your head down all the time so that nobody can see you.

Yesterday, i got a dream, that i had got a face like Auggie, and 4 eyes, with a eyebrow underneath the eye!! It was really scary. I was teary eyed, and my face was really dull, all wet, and I was all the time thinking: “Why do i have a face like this?! Couldn’t i just look normal?” and my friends were really shocked looking at me. Well, not ‘that’ shocked that happened with Auggie, but  feeling really sypathic and sad for with me, patting my back, “Pari, it’s okay, don’t worry”.

That time, i realized how sad, HOW SAD it is to have a face like that in in REAL LIFE! Mine was still, just a dream. A dream. And still, like i told you before, Auggie never spent most of his time thinking about his face!

The Author:

The author Picture Source 

I really like the author-R.J Palacio, her writing style, so here’s a little information R.J Palacio says about herself on her blog:  

I live in NYC with my husband, two sons, and two dogs.  For many years, I was an art director and book jacket designer, designing covers for countless well-known and not so well-known writers in every genre of fiction and nonfiction.

I always wanted to write, though. I kept waiting for the perfect time in my life to start writing, but after more than twenty years of designing book jackets for other people, I realized that the perfect time would never really present itself.

It’s never the perfect time to start writing a book. So I  decided to just go for it. Wonder is my first novel. And no, I didn’t design the cover, but I sure do love it. 


The Author also had an encounter with a extraordinary girl like Auggie, in front of an Ice cream shop, which made her write this book. She also talks about that in a video. (mentioned it above with the trailers).

For more information visit R.J Palacio’s Website.

And click here to read a bit more about that book on Wikipedia.

Do you have a favorite book in mind? Are you reading a book now? Do share your thoughts in the comments. I will love to receive them. See you later!

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