Wonder by RJ Palacio is one of those books with a near cult following – which is typically a type of book I try to avoid. Since we’re now a few years past the peak of the excitement (and the movie adaptation) I decided to finally pick up this book. I was really excited to dive in read a story that I might not otherwise be exposed to. Unfortunately I seem to be in the minority and really didn’t see what the hype is all about. This book lacks a plot, it lacks consideration and empathy for its side characters, and honestly it just wasn’t that good.
I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.