Wonder by RJ Palacio

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Re: Wonder by RJ Palacio

Post by Coral Mor » 04 May 2019, 17:36

Imagine being in a school, where people constantly stare at you. You get rumors spread on you and you always get laughed on the way you look. People even avoid touching you.

Growing up, Auggie is only influenced by his family and builds his identity ultimately on family opinions. Nonetheless, when Auggie begins going to a private school, he is introduced to societal influences. Auggie becomes a reject in this school and in order to fit in, he starts to become more influenced by the outside world and makes decisions he typically would not make if he were still homeschooled.

August Pullman is oblivious to how cruel bullying can be at a private school and because of his facial deformation, bullies have an instant target on him.

In conclusion, Auggie discovers his true self, and forms a strong identity with his internal forces being the most important in finding who he truly is. The author deliveres a powerful message about the importance of kindness, tolerance, and acceptance.

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Post by colorsparkle » 05 May 2019, 08:40

I’ve read this a few times now, and it really means a lot to me. It puts a new lens on a character who just desires to be accepted in society, which gives the reader tools to interact with people like this in real life.

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Post by camillegermo » 06 May 2019, 10:13

I read "Wonder" when I was in eighth grade and I absolutely loved it. I still have to read the spin-off books and watch the film, though.

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Post by esp1975 » 22 May 2019, 12:23

When I was searching for books to read, I came across a great review of Wonder by R J Palacio from my friend Jana. Jana and I do not always share the same taste in books, but I trust her opinion enough that if she says everyone should read a book, I should probably read it. And when it comes to Wonder, I have to say, I agree with her.

Wonder is the story of August, and his first year in “regular” school, after being home schooled kindergarten through 4th grade. Oh, and Auggie, as he is known, happens to have a facial deformity. He is not disabled, physically or mentally, he just looks different than everyone else, but in a radical way.

The story is told from the point of view of multiple kids, and one chapter that includes emails between adults. It is first and foremost a story of friendship and of love. There was a part of the book where I was in tears (if you have read it, it is probably not hard to guess which section). And parts where I was almost cheering out loud. (Luckily, neither part happened on the bus, where I do a lot of my reading.)

This is just a good story about what makes people people, and how we should remember that what we think we see is not always what we are going to get.

So, follow Jana’s advice. Read this book. It is short (by adult standards), and will not take more than a couple of days. In fact, it is one of those books, that if you have the time, can just be a straight read through. I started it on the bus on Tuesday (after finishing Seveneves) and finished it at home on Wednesday evening.

But really, read Wonder. You will not be sorry.

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Post by Lebron55 » 31 Jul 2019, 16:25

Wonder by RJ Palacio it’s just a wonderful book that I really liked.
The cover highlights the central theme of the book - the handling of the exception and the difference. The cover inspires interest and curiosity and invites the reader to overcome the initial reluctance to step into the shoes of the different and reshape the worldview about him. The author wanted the young readers to see the events through the hero's eyes to understand how people with physical defects experience reality.
The book has an unusual structure that matches its content. It is divided into eight very short sections written in a single first person. Three parts are narrated from the protagonist's point of view and the remaining five parts are narrated from the perspective of other related characters: Summer, Jack, Olivia, Justin and Miranda.
August, Summer and Jack attend fifth grade while Olivia, Justin and Miranda are ninth graders. Each part goes back slightly in time, blending in with the end of the previous part and moving on.
The different vantage points allow the reader to understand Oggy's difficulties and struggles to integrate into society and also identify with his friends' uncomplicated confrontation with the various
While evaluating their efforts to accept equality among equals.

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