Wonder: A Book Review

If there can be a book equivalent of a cup of hot chocolate taken along with the cheesiest pizza, it would be Wonder.

Wonder follows the tale of a ten-year-old boy who suffers from a rare condition called mandibulofacial dysostosis”  that causes his face to look like a prehistoric swamp monster. So long, he had been homeschooled by his mother, however this year he is going to ‘normal’ school with ‘normal’ kids, Wonder is the tale of August pulling through his first year of ‘normal’ life, braving bullies and incessant stares with a totally unexpected ‘surprise’ in the end.

There is so little that is bad about this book – maybe the plot is a bit simplistic ands leans a little towards being overly optimistic or that the author made the age of the character as the criterion for deciding the sophistication in her prose (but seriously, easy reads are the best #easyreadsftw) – but besides, there is far too much to like.

Firstly, the really cool writing style. Don’t ever mistake simple for easy – Although the novel is about August’s tale, Palacio writes it from the perspective of multiple characters and their perspectives on August. By this she allows the reader to draw their own perspective of August’s ordeal. The maturity and nature of each of the characters reflects, the way Palacio writes their respective parts

Secondly, good character development – almost all the main characters have matured a little bit at the end of the year. None of them are just ‘plot material’ and this gives a very satisfactory feeling at the end of the novel.

Thirdly, relatable af. Ahhh…those middle school years. such immaturity. much nostalgia. wow feels.

Lastly, dem’ Star Wars references and ‘those LOTR references. Woohoo!

Describing Wonder is like describing that warm and fluffy feeling you get when something good surprisingly happens to you. You can’t want less of it, but there is only so much good in life. #clickbait #goread

Ramakrishna R M

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