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.
Wonder (Wonder #1) by R.J. Palacio
Author: R.J Palacio
Publishing Date: February 14th, 2012
“Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”
According to its genre, it is a middle-grade book but I believe you can read it at any age and enjoy it, It is never late to learn to be kind.
It is the story about how different people react to an unexpected unique situation and if they are acting mean it doesn’t mean they are mean by nature, it took time to some to absorb the situation, sometimes others have reason to be mean, what matters is the how long they take to realize their mistake.
“WHEN GIVEN THE CHOICE BETWEEN BEING
RIGHT OR BEING KIND, CHOOSE KIND.”
I loved the way of writing and story, different POV made it more interesting. Character development is to real. Positivity is dominant in this book, there aren’t many twists but there isn’t need of those.
“It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.”
August- Despite everything he knows how to adapt, he is brave, he maintains his own personality and nature, He has guts to make fun of himself. Sometimes he reacts when he hurts but it is reasonable, he has too much to handle and Hello he is a kid. (HELLO, YA whinny adults learn something from him, suicide and drown yourself in depression is not the solution to everything).
Via- No one is perfect in life, everyone does something selfish in their life but it doesn’t make them evil.
Miranda- Pretty girls can be kind to people even they are mean to others.
Jack Will- No one is friends with someone under pressure, it is only heart who makes you be.
Julian- Sarcasm has a limit, after this limit, it is a world of mean people.
Summer- Kindness is built in, Sometimes some people don’t have to learn it, Summer is an example of it, Negativity doesn’t matter if you wanna do something good.
Parents are the first school for their children, they’ll act in their life what they are taught by their parents. All the other characters were interesting as well as, I loved the role of Mr Tushman and other teachers, Bullying is not acceptable at any price.
The Universe always compensates all the bad things by giving too good.
This book was WONDERFUL. I’d recommend it to everyone regardless of their age.
“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
I am in the league of Books > Movies. It is the first time I read a book and watches the movie just right away. It is better to compare both in this way.
The movie was too fast-paced to connect with characters, It was good to see the movie was also divided in different POV.
But all the little or even big changes annoyed me so much, I want movies to be same as the book, too many changes always pissed me.
The sequence of events was changed, Summer was the first to sit with Auggie in the lunch break, they changed everything.
It felt like they want to squeeze everything in little time. Quotes were one of the most important things of the books and half of those were vanished in the movie.
I doubt that someone who’d watch the movie without reading book will connect to the characters as book reader would.