Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star.
I bought this book because of the great reviews. And it lived up to all of them.
Actually yes... That answer actually shocks me more than anything. I'm an avid reader and I am just now getting into audiobooks. I purchased this book on a bogo sale and I was definitely not disappointed. The narrators were amazing and I felt the characters truly come alive.
They all were amazing.
This book made me laugh, made me tear up and it made me angry. I was invested in the characters and I definitely loved the emotions in this book.
A must read for children and adults. A well-told story of a boy who looks very different and how he copes in a regular, public school… and how those around him cope as well. It will make you cry and fill your heart.
This is a novel about Auggie's first year in school - in 5th grade. He had always been home-schooled because of a disease at birth that resulted in a face that horrified many. Auggie gets into a private school, and his parents hope that this will be a safe environment, knowing how cruel children can be to someone who looks so different. Most of the novel is a first person narrative from Auggie's point of view, but some chapters were from the first person perspective of other characters. This novel is moving, funny, and above all else, believable. The adults and children are all portrayed so well - some likeable, some not, and many in that true-to-life gray area. In the years since my own children have grown up, I occasionally listen to juvenile fiction, searching for ones like those I so loved reading to my own kids. I have been invariably disappointed, wondering how books could receive such accolades. This novel was everything I expected, and more. This is so good, it could be read by a child, to a child, or just by an adult (like me). It avoids so many of the predictable plot twists seen so often in youth fiction. I can't say enough about this book.
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Augie's sister's friend who always loved him as a brother, and did one of the most selfless and influential things in the book, and something that spoke to me, when she gave up her leading roll on opening night to Vi.
I enjoyed having different performers for the different characters. I thought the performances were wonderful, and each added another layer of understanding to all the characters combined. I don't think I would have imagined Augie's voice the way it was performed, and it really helped me immediately think of him as different and be able to picture him better from the beginning.
Definitely, I laughed out loud a lot, gasped in shock, worry or suspense, and definitely cried! A lot!!
I think this book should be read by everyone, young and old. It reminds us of things we knew as little children but forgot, or perhaps never learned. I love how it teaches us to be kinder than is necessary. What a beautiful admonition.
I haven't read the print version.
"One Good Dog" and "the Dog Who Danced" both by Susan Wilson. They both show the goodness and kindness of people and the difference that makes to the lives of others. Also, that from sad situations good things can happen.
I listened to this with my 11 year old son. We both enjoyed this and in this current societal environment, it's a good lesson about understanding differences, empathy and acceptance. I'm glad we were introduced to August.
Auggie's character is delivered in such a way that it leaves me feeling as if I am sitting in my classroom at work with my favorite student in the room. He is absolutely believable. Not just the text, but the delivery of it.
Auggie is my favorite character of course! His character is deep and his soft raspy voice left me longing for more time with him.
Diana Steele seems to actually become Auggie in my mind's eye. It's hard to imagine him with any better voice. Her approach colors him as vulnerable yet persistent and hopeful. Her performance is fresh and raw.
As a Special Education elementary school teacher, I work with the "Auggies" of this world every day, and the interactions between peers at school, as well as Auggies reactions towards his day to day reality was spot on. Absolutely beautiful and heart-warming story.
Thank you R. J. Palacio and Random House for producing such a quality piece of work that teaches valuable social lessons. I will incorporate this book into student's lives. This book will make a difference!
Absolutely! Kate Rudd is a fantastic narrator, and the juxtaposition of the character voices really lets the reader feel they are with the characters.
Auggie comparing his face to the Ugly Dolls line... Humor in a rough situation.
Miranda calling Auggie on the phone to check up on him, so cute.
A fantastic story that most adults can relate to their childhood - weren't we all teased one way or another? But the perspective and attitude is inspiring in this book. A great listen with fantastic performances :)
The personality really comes out and voice changes help loads as there are many characters.