Easy listen. Good story of family, relationships. Uplifting and hopeful! Truly a great story of not judging a book by it's cover.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
This is a very positive story with heart and love and friendship, family and community, fear and courage, hugs and kisses, dogs, and an uplifting ending. It is heartwarming, yet ultimately quite hollow. Stories that deeply move people, and make a real difference, must possess balance, with realistic fear or pain or loss to make the positive aspects truly powerful. This is a written for a young audience, but that does not justify saccharin. Kids can appreciate, and actually need, this balance.
There was one brief interlude by the character Miranda that borders on some realistic balance. I wish the rest of the book had the real heart glimpsed in these few pages.
I had hoped this would be a powerful, moving, and transformative story; instead it is a simplistic positive story.
I have only ever heard the audio version, I'm not sure it would be better than the print version. I'm considering content as opposed to performance.
I loved August's family. The loving parents and sister really made this book a soft place to relax for a few hours. We understand that the children's friends loved being with this family, and I did too. We never got the idea that the parents, and sister did anything but love Auggie - even when it wasn't easy.
I appreciated the narrators, but it wasn't a book I would say to someone - listen to this! You MUST hear how it's read!
Yes, although I couldn't, I have listened to this book twice now. the first time in 3 sittings, the second time in 2.
"The Universe was not kind to August Pullman"I don't know if I can claim that whole heartedly. August was not beautiful and had to grow up in this society which places so much value on what someone looks like. I do not have the condition Auggie did, but experienced many of the situations this book portrayed. We have to accept that there are many more Julians in the world than Summers, Many understand by the end that it wasn't only what August looked like, but how he lived that made him a wonder, but the family that August had made such a difference for him. I know it's just a book, but even if the parents were written differently - it wouldn't have been the same book. If anything Auggie was fortunate to have a family who cared so deeply for him. This *was* kind.I just loved this book, I loved the underdog prevails "Matilda"-ness (another favorite) of it. It's heart warming in such a cold time. I wish the author would write another book visiting these characters.
Acceptance, love, human
The movie with Cher.. I can not think of the name.
There is not a character in Palacio's novel that does not feel completely authentic. I would love to read more of Auggie's story, he is truly inspirational.
This is a must read for all.
This was the first novel that I have ever listened to 5 times!!!! It is expertly crafted and the characters connect just like lego pieces...each event is developed into a 3-D experience from the characters' differing viewpoints of single events. Palacio is an artist by how she accomplished this without boring the reader/listener. Instead, the audience becomes capitivated by August Pulman and his family and friends. Life's lessons are highlighted but not in a preachy way....rather in a true to life way. You learn them through the lives of children. This book will live as a classic...one to keep and share with the generations, highlighting humanities dark side but illuminating the good in all of us!
My daughter and I listened to this book together and found it quite compelling. The story is told through the perspectives of various characters and the narration really brings the whole thing to life. Very well done.
Out of my Mind
The story of a boy and his face
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Wonder is a book I would not have picked up on my own. In general I like young adult (teen), but do not read a lot of middle grade fiction.
But more importantly, the description discouraged me from wanting to get started. Another book about a sick kid that changes the way people think about the world.
This was a book about a kid that changes the way people think about the world, but it was a very good one.
Ten-year-old August (Auggie) is going to school for the first time. It is 5th grade and a new middle school. August has been homeschool prior to this because of the many surgeries to try and repair his body.
The first section of the book is all narrated by August. And had it stopped there, this would have been a good book about how people can feel bad when they are mistreated. Or maybe even a good book about how a kid can overcome adversity.
What makes Wonder a great book, is the book changes narration throughout the school year. His best friend at school, the girl that first reached out to him at school, his sister, his sister’s boyfriend, his sister’s best friend, and then August again. The change in voice allows us to see that while August has facial deformities that make his life difficult, the love of his parents, his friends and other things make his life good.
Other characters may have good external lives, but miss out on family, or love, or support, or kindness in ways that may harm them as well.
If there is a complaint about this, it is that it is hard not to compare the levels of harm. Are August’s facial deformities worse than a parent neglecting a child? Can they even really be compared?
There is never really a question about how the book will go. This is middle grade fiction. August will overcome, others kids will come to see their mistakes of judging him by his appearance. August will be one of those extraordinary children that learns from his difficulty and achieves a sort of greatness.
But this really is a good book. It would make great book to discuss with your child about differences between people, about taking responsibility for yourself, about caring for those that need help.
WONDER made me feel a wide range of emotions. I'm a parent, so naturally it pulled on my heartstrings and think what I would do if I had a child in August's situation. I'm someone who was bullied as a kid (though for reasons far less significant than August's), so I reflected on my own experience and how it shaped my adulthood. Overall, I loved the message of choosing kindness, and can only hope my own daughter follows that message as she grows up and befriends people from all walks of life.
There are too many, you are drawn into the character August "Auggie" and his life. I really don't want to give too much away, but he has physical disabilities that make him look incredibly scary to many. This is more than a book about not being a bully... But a book about kindness and friendship. I would give this book a standing ovation!
Auggie and Via
I hope this moves to the top picks for kids! My daughter and I loved it! So fun to listen and follow along with Audible... Truly feel like you are there with Auggie, Via, and so on.