Wonder by R J Palacio

 You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
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My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

(via Goodreads)

How do I even start? Maybe, a WOW!

Wonder is such a lovely, uplifting, heartbreaking book. Our main character August (Auggie) has a severe facial deformity that has kept him home bound and home schooled for the first years of his life. The story starts in the year that Auggie is about to go to school for the first time.

And so begins the roller-coaster. I won’t spoil it. I only encourage everyone to read it. It’s beautiful and touching, and you won’t regret it.

5/5

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