Sunday, January 17, 2016

Wonder - R.J. Palacio

Title : Wonder
Author : R.J Palacio
Date of Publisher : January 3rd 2013
Publisher : Corgi Childrens
Synopsis : Wonder - R.J Palacio
Review : 
"You can't blend in when you were born to stand out."
August Pullman (Auggie) is a ten year old boy with severe facial abnormalities. He was home-schooled back then but now it is the time when he is finally going to face the world. Auggie is going to school. And it means everyone will see him, most probably will judge him, bully him etc.

We can't choose the way we were born, but we can always choose the way we live. Is it Auggie's fault to be born like that? or is it his parents' fault? I always try to think positively that God gives us a test and a key to solve it at the same time. All we have to do is focus, don't complain all the time and try to get through it. 

"Why do I have to be so ugly, Mommy?" I whispered
"No, baby, you're not..."
"I know I am." pg 60

My heart hurt when I read it. He is just a kid. Kids his age are supposed to enjoy their childhood, hangout with friends, and even have a study group. But everyone choose to avoid him, as if he is invisible at class, and even make bad jokes about him. 

"He's just a kid. The weirdest-looking kid I've ever seen, yes. But just a kid." - 119

Through this book, I realized that people can be so mean sometimes. Our words can be more painful than any weapons. It can be a good thing as well, but only if we know how to use it in a proper way. I really like the quote that saying, before you say something, think, is it true? is it kind? is it necessary?

"There are always going to be jerks in the world, Auggie. But I really believe, and Daddy really believes, that there are more good people on this earth than bad people, and the good people watch out for each other and take care of each other. Just like Jack was there for you. And Amos. And those other kids." - 279

It takes more than courage to be able accept the reality. It needs passion, unstoppable love, and kindness. Bless Auggie's family and to those who are willing to accept Auggie for whoever and whatever he is. We always have something to be grateful about even at our lowest point. You know, like Auggie. Although he was born with severe facial abnormalities. but he have all things that every kids in the world would wish to have in their families such as love, warmness and kindness. 

"You have to go back to school. Everyone hates school sometimes. I hate school sometimes. I hate my friends sometimes. That's just life, Auggie. You want to be treated normally, right? This is normal! We all have to go to school sometimes despite the fact that we have bad days, okay?" - 115

Auggie had gone through mostly every worst thing that you could think about surgeries. Can all children do and bear that? Nope. First time is always the hardest. But remember that the more you practice, the better you will be. Going to school was so freakin hard to Auggie at the first time. School to him means he's practically facing the world. Maybe it's like that you were put into a zoo where all wild animals were standing in front of you with their sharp teeth wide open. His coming to school didn't go so well. Kids were freaked out. Most of them were terrified with his look, but Jack and Summer stood up for him. He had accepted rejection all the time. But through this situation, he is able to see who is his best friends, and who is fake. 

"I miss seeing you face, Augie. I know you don't always love it, but you have to understand. . .  I love it. I love this face of yours, Auggie, completely and passionately. And it kind of broke my heart that you were always covering it up." 291 - (Auggie's Daddy)

Wonder is a WONDERful book that I've read this year (last year) I just complete writing the review now ;__; Wonder doesn't simply teach you about life. It's more than that. It's about morality, love, friendship, toughness, and passion. There is always two sides of story and I really like how the author wrote each story through every head of the character. I hope more people will read this book and share it to others. 

"But the best way to measure how much you've grown isn't by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track , or even your grade point average - though those things are important, to be sure. It's what you've done with your time, how you've chosen to spend your days, and whom you touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success." - 299

Rating : 5/5

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