OMGoodness! Have you ever been one of those people that loves something so much, when you think about it, you wear a huge, cheesy grin? That was me as I finished the last, maybe eight chapters of Wonder, by R. J. Palacio. This book is so sweet, funny, and tear-provoking that I couldn't put it down! I finished it in 24-hours! (I'd have finished it soon had bedtime & a nap not interfered).
Wonder is about a boy, a fifth grader who suffers from mandibulofacial dysotosis (and a tad more)- a genetic defect that causes ones features to either not develop, or to not develop where they should- that's the best way to describe it. I looked it up on a few sites and those who suffer from this appeared exactly as described. But "Auggie", August Pullman, doesn't let that stop him from being normal. Yes he endures situations that made me angry as a mother, yes he is loved and yes, he has a happy ending- but everything he went through in the book... so emotionally raw. I even got up one time and read a few pages to my husband, fussing and bickering at the book - like it was all real! This book really affected me, but I loved it.
Every little bit!
Wonder is definitely a winner as far as I'm concerned. I can't wait to read Auggie and Me, also written by Palacio. Her style of writing is easy on the eyes and make for a quick read. Strangely, there are about five or six POV's (points of view)- that I don't really understand, but it didn't distract from the story. Those chapters, sorta filled in the gaps, you could say. There were two chapters that could have been skipped or could given to the parents- or even Mr. Tushmann, but you have to read the book to understand what I'm saying.
Anyway, check out this book- you will love it. I promise. You may even cry, as I did, but they were happy tears for a fictional boy and for every obstacle children in the non-fictional world achieve! Have a wonderful day and grab another book! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs!
*The Magpies is next.
**Book is from my personal library!
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