Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Release Date: February 14, 2012
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My name is August.
I won't describe what I look like.
Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
This book was the perfect mixture of heart-breaking and heart-warming. It deserves all the hype that it has received because it was such a beautiful and thought-provoking read.
I loved the fact that the book was split up into different characters perspectives because it meant you got to see inside everyone's minds and discover what they are really thinking in a situation. It showed the reader that things aren't always as simple as they seem and that you really have to get into a person's head to understand what is going on. I especially loved the fact that the different sections were in different fonts so you could see the difference between characters (and the fact that the font matched the character's personality made me too happy).
The writing style was simple but effective. The book read like a diary and I felt immersed the entire time I was reading this book. There were times when I put down the book and forget that this story wasn't actually happening to me and that what I was reading was just a story.
I also loved the fact that each section was separated by a quote that related to what was going on. It was like playing pass the parcel and always winning a prize. My favourite quotes had to be the ones from Bowie because who doesn't love a bit of Bowie.
The only reason why I gave this book four stars is because I'm trying to define what a five star book is for me. For me this was a beautiful book that made me think about how I treat people, but it only really affected me in the moment. Since finishing this book I haven't thought about it much and I have liked other books more than this one, so for the moment I'm giving Wonder four stars.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. My mum read it and loved it, my 11-year old friend read it and loved it, I read it and loved it. It is the kind of book that anyone of any background and age can read and enjoy because it is such a universal story of love, loss and friendship.