Wonder, R.J. Palacio

The first time I saw the cover of this book, one thing suddenly came into my mind – The Fault in our Stars. The blue cover made me think that this is probably some sort of TFIOS derivative. After its huge success, both as a book and as a film, it’s not impossible.


But reading this book, Wonder, made all the difference in the world. It is no TFIOS, it doesn’t actually have the slightest hint of being a we’re-both-dying-so-let’s-make-forever-within-numbered-days kind of story. It is about a boy named August, who suffers from a birth anomaly of being practically deformed.

It is a marvel how authors make researches for the sake of writing an extraordinary plot. I haven’t even googled the kind of deformity August has, but you get the picture. Anyway, I like the way the book was written. It showed the point of view of each of the characters involved in August’s life. It gave ideas about what goes on in their minds, why they love, hate, and reluctant to be friends with August, giving the readers the chance to understand the way they feel, and put the audience into the shoes of whoever character they could relate to the most.

Though very ideal (but certainly not impossible), the kind of family that August has is also somethig that I love about the story. They are so attached to one another, and they have this value that most families nowadays seem to lack. I guess that’s where August and his older sister, Via, got their sense of positivity and kind-heartedness. I even found myself laughing as well as August’s dad made fun of Mr. Tushman’s name. In the end, the kids at August’s school were able to look beyond his physical appearance and ended up liking him.

This book is not about bullying, but about handling yourself into a new world with your awareness about its cruelty and unkindness. August didn’t push himself to the kids to be friends with him. He was just being himself, fun to be with and nice. There might be times that he’s hurting inside, and questipning the universe why does he have to be ugly (it’s natural, he’s just human), but woth the help of his wonderful family, he was able to get through it.

Another book that will tell us once again that there’s more that the eye meets. This novel is full of realization about kindness, friendship, positivity and genuine concern. And I am reminded of what Exupery said, “What:s important is invisible in the eye.”


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