Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder - R.J. Palacio

I had almost given up on reviewing this book since its very difficult for me to jot down thousands of emotions i underwent while i read this book. But its been more than a week since i finished this one yet neither am I able to start a new book nor am i able to forget this wonderful book. Seems like Auggie is not ready to leave me and i don’t want to let him go either. So i thought its better to try and capture my experience i shared with this book in a few words than not trying at all.

Well, to begin with I was very hesitant to start this book since i find it very difficult to read books about kids being humiliated, treated badly or made fun of, those kinds always breaks my heart as predicted this one did too, I've literally sobbed to no ends! But I am SO glad for having come across this book and for having read this too coz i got to meet 'The wonder boy August'. He brought so many vivid emotions in me which at times surprised me as well! He made me laugh, made me cry, also taught me how to let go and how to see life from a different angle altogether.
Being a wonder boy (yes i better call him that than anything else) he always knew he would get humiliated by the way he looked or may be scared too but what i loved is the way how he handled these situations bravely whenever he came across, not that he never broke down he did but then he was brave enough to forget about it and move on.

August says…"It’s okay, I know I’m weird-looking, take a look, I don’t bite. Hey, the truth is, if a wookie started going to school all of a sudden, I’d be curious, I’d probably stare a bit! And if I was walking with Jack or Summer, I’d probably whisper to them: Hey, there’s the wookie. And if the wookie caught me saying that, he’d know I wasn’t trying to be mean. I was just pointing out the fact that he’s a wookie."

That was the maturity level of a 10 year old Wonder Boy!! Of course the credit should go to his Wonderful parents and sister who were always supportive. Not to forget Daisy his dog who never cared how he looked like, just showered him the purest form of love. This shows that it is very important to show how supportive you are to your loved ones no matter how bad their situation is. Also .‘its not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than necessary’ Yes, got it Auggie. :)

It is books like these that teaches us to step into other person’s body, mind and soul just to see how it feels like to be on the other side life. All i can say is that there is SO much one can learn from Auggie that one read is definitely not enough!