My rating: 4 of 5 stars
We all deserve a standing ovation.
Wonder has been on my shelf for a long time- I happened to read a page of it while waiting for an email and two hours later I was still going. It’s a joy of a book to read, super quick and easy but full of sweet messages, sadness and moving characters.
The book is split into different POVs, ranging from our main boy August, his sister, his best friends and Via’s boyfriend. This worked incredibly well as we not only saw how August saw himself, but how the world around him saw and felt for August.
We start the book with August, and we end the book with August, who has a different look to him than the other boys and girls around him. Handling physical conditions such as this is extremely hard to do but Palazio handles it with great tenderness and delicacy and definitely shines truth on the reality of those involved. His journey involves him going to middle school for the first time, and learning to get on with children his own age.
Our little party of characters are truly real and representative of children who struggle not only to follow what they believe in but not to be led astray by others.
A lot of moments in this book touched me, I felt close to tears on a number of occasions, and had to hold my dog close – A LOT while reading.
It’s a super quick read, – a great choice to get you out of a reading slump if you’re in one. And it’s a meaningful story I feel should be spread around – it’ll touch your heart, warm your soul and make you realise how such small actions make the biggest difference.
I highly advise tissues. Man Size.