Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
Really engrossing and hard not to love.
This is the story of a little boy who was born with an incredibly rare combination of genetic mutations that resulted in his being born with severe facial defects. Since birth, he's undergone surgery after surgery. He's been homeschooled this entire time for various reasons but he's not a "special needs" student. He just has an alarming appearance, until you get used to it.
So it's time to try school, and his loving and protective family enroll him in a good private school to begin the 5th grade.
This book is probably described as YA fiction, but it's subject matter is not treated childishly. With perspective shifting between the main character, and his friends and family members, this book deals very realistically with the varying feelings and reactions of both a kid being seen as a "freak" or "deformed", of the people who know and love him, and of the community in which he lives.
It's not what you might expect though. It's funny, raw, touching, ugly, sad, sweet...and ultimately supports my view, that while there are always a few jerks in every crowd, for the most part people are good, and want to be loving and kind.
In addition, the narration is just fantastic!
Because this story is written from multiple character perspectives and touches on universal themes I found it tapped into a deep place within, transcending its genre. It is the type of book that inspires me to dig deeper and be a kinder, more accepting person, and to be more like August, to stand complete in my own inherent humanity, loyal to that which I seek in return. August reminded me of a younger version of whip smart underdog, Owen Meany from John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. I hope this beautiful story stretches hearts and minds far and wide!
what a wonderful story you have me in tears a few times and have me laughing a lot of times
I am a 12 year old kid and I LOVED this book. I thought it was soooo much fun listening to all the different voices. The story line was also fun and exiting and never did I think was boring or dull. I WONDER gives one a WONDERFUL reason to alway be nice and caring. After reading this book I needed to read the 3 next ones. And without a doubt the the other the book were AMAZING. I definitely encourage you to read the book wonder and I know you will LOVE it. 🤓
The tracks are not aligned with the chapters in the book. Using this audio book to teach a class, it was difficult to find where we had left off.
I originally picked the book up at the library, but then found it on an audible sale and I'm glad I did. The different narrators did a great job on each character and it added an element to the story that I don't think I could have achieved by reading it out loud.
This book sparked so many great conversations on how to treat others and how we think we are being kind, but still unintentionally hurting them. I'm sure we will be referring to Auggie for a long time to come!