Wonder (MMGM)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hi, everyone! Welcome to MMGM! First things first, we've GOT to take a look at the new Cindy Reads A Lot. Deep breath. Okay, squee!! Cindy Reads A Lot just got transformed! Oh my God. It's a big deal because, well I haven't really done much to my blog since the minimalist template. But man, I LOVEEE this new look. I LOVE IT SO MUCH! SQUEE! I still have to fix a *few* things, but other than that...I LOVE IT! What do you guys think? :-) Okay, on to the reason why you guys are here, hehe. 

I've recently gotten into reading books about kids with disabilities and mental illnesses. Let me tell you this: they are life-changing. Seriously. I didn't really know much about things like this, but after I read Wonder *cue all the cheering* it really struck me how hard the lives of kids who are born different are. So this week, I'm reviewing Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio! 

Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Series: Wonder
Page Count: 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (February 14, 2012)
Source and Format: Hardcover, my library

"You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.
My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being 
sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?
Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page."

I can't get over how strong this story is. I've never cried because of a book before (Not even Neverseen, although my heart hurt. A lot.) but Auggie's story almost made me cry. Almost. There are so many things to love about this book; from the story to the characters to the symbolic cover. It's really well written and is now one of my favorites. 

Here are a few things that caught my attention throughout the book. 

The symbolic cover. When I first picked up this book in the library, the cover made had me thinking that the cover artist was aiming for something artsy. But it wasn't until I read the summary (and the rest of the book) that I understood the concept. The boy on the cover is Auggie and he was born with facial deformities. I love it! 

The characters. The two things I look for in book characters are diversity and flaws. (I'm not a terrible person, I swear!) But Auggie's character is taken to a whole new level. Auggie's never gone to school before (because of all the surgeries he's had to have) and well, he doesn't want to. He knows that people can be cruel and judgmental and he doesn't want to go through that. I liked how the author included character development that really helped us understand Auggie better. The situations and problems that Auggie are put through are heartbreaking, but realistic too, so it makes the story much more powerful. 

The other characters, his friends, his parents, his sister, they're all supportive of him and go through a lot too, which shows that they really cared about him. 

There was one character I didn't like though: the bully. Yeah, no one liked him, because well, he was MEAN! You can guess how he reacts when he meets Auggie. *grumbles about bullies* 

Short chapters! If you're like me and you're busy all the time, books like this are for you! With its short chapters, you can sneak in a page without having to stop in the middle of the chapter and having to re-read it because you forgot about everything. Another pro to this book! 

In general, this book is a great read, whether you like short chapters or long chapters or different points of view or not. It's a great story with a great lesson. The characters are really diverse and unique and the character development is great! 

My final rating is...

5 STARS!!!! WOOO!!! I highly recommend this one to everyone! 

R.J. Palacio lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel. She did not design the cover, but she sure does love it.

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  1. I loved this book. The companion book is also very good. It delves into the thoughts of the secondary characters. It gives you insights behind their actions in WONDER. Great new look on your page and equally great review.

    1. Great! I haven't read the companion novel, but am sure excited to read it! Thanks for mentioning it to me!

  2. This book has been on my "to read" list for a while. I have heard so many great things about it. Thanks for the review and nudge. :)

    1. Glad to have nudged it up! It's a great read, so you don't want to miss it!

  3. Great review!!! Have you read Auggie & Me? It's a really great companion novel, I loved it almost as much as Wonder!

    1. Thank you! No, I haven't read it, but it's been on my Want-To-Read list for a while. Thanks for reminding me about it!

  4. This is one of my favorite books. Such a powerful message for young readers. Have your read "Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper? It is different, but came to mind when I read your review. It's also being made into a movie.

    1. It's one of my favorite books too! I haven't read "Out of My Mind" yet, (Sheesh, I'm really behind on books aren't I...) but it's on my shelf! I'm about to read it next. Thanks for the comment.

  5. Great new blog look! So pretty. Congrats! I loved WONDER, and the companion book, too, but WONDER was better.

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you like it--I do too! Now I REALLY need to read the companion book! Thanks for commenting! :-)

  6. This one has been on my TBR pile for awhile, but I confess, I didn't actually know that much about it. Thanks for filling in the gaps, and for providing a unique perspective on it. I always enjoy your reviews!

    Happy MMGM, and I'll scoot over and friend you on Goodreads. :)


    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you like my reviews! :-)

  7. People keep telling me I need to read this book, and your review has tipped me over the edge. Okay, okay, people, I will read Wonder!

    1. Haha, I'm glad I have convinced you to read Wonder! It's a must! ;-p