My Thoughts on R.J. Palacio, Wonder
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The book is told from Auggie's perspective, but also from the perspectives of those around him: his sister Via, her boyfriend Justin, Auggie's friend Jack and so on. The shifting perspectives didn't bother me a bit, because it really added to the narrative to see how those around Auggie were both constantly aware of him, and totally involved in their own universes. All of the characters are likeable, and I think that Palacio does an excellent job of capturing a variety of honest and human behaviors and emotions. She also doesn't place Auggie on a pedestal; he has faults, just like everyone else.
I definitely cried while reading Wonder, and laughed. I thought it was a wonderful book about friendship, and growth, and tolerance. Highly recommended.
Title: WonderAuthor: R. J. Palacio
Publisher: Borzoi Books
Genre: Middle Grade
Where I got it: Public Library