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Aug

2012

Don’t Be So Quick to Judge.


By Switcheroo. Posted in Switcheroo | 1 Comment »

I just got done reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio. And I can’t stop thinking about it.

Have you ever read of those stories where you think about the characters all the time? Or talk about the story you’ve read all the time, convincing other people to read it?

This is one of those stories for me.

I like to blog about books that have a personal connection for me on here. I think it’s more interesting to write about the story and tying it in an experience than just blabbing on on about the book and ruining it for you. Before I even finished this book I wanted to write about it on here, because it’s that good! I have do have a small life experience to stick in here, but I mostly just want to make any readers aware of the story and how amazing it is.

August (Auggie) Pullman is pretty much a normal 10 year old boy. He is obsessed with Star Wars, has a best friend named Chris, and loves his dog. As normal as he feels on the inside, he is quite different on the outside. Auggie was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive. He has been home schooled his whole life. Then his parents ask him if he would like to go to a main stream school. At first Auggie is against the idea, but eventually agrees with his parents idea of main stream schooling. The story continues with Auggie’s struggles in convincing his classmates he doesn’t have the plague and he is like any normal fifth grade boy. The best part of this story is that it is told by different characters in the story. The reader gets the 360 degree experience of Auggie’s story. The ignorance of the kids and even some of the parents is outrageous and frustrating at some points. One of the most memorable parts for me in the story is Auggie explaining the other students and how they shun him. He compares himself to Chewbacca, a character in Star Wars. He says that he doesn’t mind the whispering or the pointing of the other children, he even understands it. If  Chewbacca came into the school that day, he would point and whisper too. He just wants his peers to give him a chance, and not assume that he has the cheese touch like they had in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

So this sounds sad, I know. But it has an amazing storyline and of course a happy ending. I don’t want to give anything away though, so you’ll have to read it to find out what happens to Auggie in his first year at school.

When I was younger we lived on a dead end street. I met my best friend when my family moved into our home when I was 3 years old.  My BF was two and we instantly hit off. My BF, like Auggie, was also born with a facial deformity. She was born with an overabundance of blood vessels in the lower half of her face. Every summer since the age of 3 my BF had to have a surgery to help reconstruct her face. After every summer surgery, I remember going over her house to help keep her company recuperate.  Here’s the deal, I didn’t even think or notice anything was wrong or different with her until I went to school and seen people pointing and whispering. Like Auggie’s story, people’s ignorance is frustrating. I wanted to fight anyone who made fun of my friend. I’m sad that children loose their innocence so fast and that some adults encourage children to point out the differences in others. I am sure there are many people who missed out on my BF’s friendship. But there is a happy ending to this story.  My old friend has an awesome job and is engaged to be married soon.

This story will have you thinking of the characters all the time. This story (and maybe mine) will make you re-evaluate how you treat others, deformed or not. It will make you thankful for awesome and strong people like my BF and Auggie!

Wonder By: R.J. Palacio.
Also available on Audiobook & Downloadable eBook

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One Response to “Don’t Be So Quick to Judge.”

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    Nicole Says:

    I just wanted to say that your site is fantastic! I was directed here by one of your librarians (Alaska), because I am hoping to start an online book discussion for teens at my library and was wondering how to go about it. I really love your format and it has given me much food for thought. Thank you!

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