Author: R.J. Palacio
sobbing crying as I was finishing the last few pages of this book. The scene in my head, was like a slow motion of a winning championship battle where the protagonist have won the fight already, after a series of struggles and challenges along his way.
August Pullman is the name of the child wonder in this novel. He was born with a facio-mandibular rare genetic disorder that can affect one in a million babies in the planet – how unlucky isn’t?
He have had multiple surgeries and has been in and out of the hospital, maybe more than anyone’s entire lifetime. His facial features were only described in the middle part of the story however, it’s evident that his face is very different from a normal child, because of people’s reaction towards him.
Then, her parents decided to take one huge step for him. For quite a while, he has been home schooled and has always been in the radar of his parents but then, Nate and Isabel (his parents) decided that he should go to a normal school, no matter how difficult it might be for their child. It’s one great enormous step for them. That at some point, they decided that he should face the real world.
Because of his facial features, when he entered school, he has always been the topic of gossip wherever he was. His school mates got that “freaked out” look when they’d saw him the first time. He was never bullied up front but has faced too much rejection from them.
It was an awful start for him. It’s like seeing the world in a third person point of view and you’d be disappointed on how cruel the world really is.
It’s a story about kindness, courage, friendship and character.
And though the world may seem to be infested with cruelty, you’d be surprised and will feel happy at the same time, to know that there are still people who have a heart and you know that kindness will still prevail.
A story that will make you realize the word, “empathy” and this book gave me that idea, that every person’s perspective is interesting and is different from one another.
The presence of “precepts” by Auggie’s (August’s nickname) English teacher, Mr. Thomas Browne was also one of the best part of this book. These are words of wisdom that the students need to write every month and discuss in a form of an essay.
Here’s an excerpt to why I bought this book.
I was in a bookstore near my office and I was reading some back covers from different novel when I heard two girls discussing this book.
Girl 1: Is this a good book ? Wonder? This is a children’s book right?
Girl 2: Yes, it is. But it wasn’t just a children’s book. It’s great!
From that time, I started researching about it online and the next time I new, I already bought it. That was the most meaningful eavesdropping moment in my life. lol
Recommendation from friends are great but from strangers? It’s much more exciting! Thank you to those two ladies because they made me read a story about greatness! 🙂
“Kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”“It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.”“Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.”
My 5th grader has craniofacial anomalies and I feel that this book could not have been better written. RJ Palacio caught Auggie’s voice so well and captured his challenges and strengths so beautifully that I still can’t believe that she doesn’t have a child who is living this life.
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