Review: WONDER by R.J. Palacio

TITLE: Wonder
AUTHOR: R.J. Palacio
GENRE: Young Adult, realistic fiction
PUBLISHED: February 14th 2012 by Knopf
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(Courtesy of Goodreads)
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.


I love feel-good books. This was such a delight to read. The voice of August is so sweet and innocent. He knows he has a strange looking face but he doesn’t let it turn him into a monster on the inside. He has a good heart that is accepting of anyone.

I liked how the story was told through several narrators and they each had their different voice, opinions, and understanding about August. It was a great way to see the life of this little boy who was born different than anyone else.


This was a quality story that delivered a beautiful message. "You can't blend in when you were born to stand out." I gladly give it a 5: An excellent read.


This is apparently going to be a movie. Definitely rated PG and completely appropriate for preteens through adults.