There is a truth many fail to understand or accept, and that is that not everyone will be like us. It is good that people are different, but many in society do not accept that “different” as normal. As Nelsan Ellis said, “Being different makes you beautiful. Being different gives the world color.” And yet we choose the black and the white. And to those who do not agree with our perception, we end up being cruel or shun them. Kindness could make such a difference, no?
Wonder is the story of a child. August “Auggie” Pullman is a homeschooled fifth-grader living in Upper Manhattan. He has a medical condition, a facial birth defect that has led to many surgeries till the present day. Not wanting him to grow up afraid of the world, his parents enroll him to Beecher Middle School at the start of fifth grade. Having observed people’s reactions to his face before, Auggie is reluctant, but decides to give school a shot, his parents giving him the option to leave should he not feel comfortable.
Lots to absorb from the novel…
The book shows a lot of things. It shows that there are people who accept that difference, look beyond looks and become friends. It shows compassion in those ways too, and it shows bravery. Changing your perception of the world takes some bravery too, and Auggie is definitely brave. The emotions of the characters are palpable, and the book is engaging. The book doesn’t just show one side of things either. It shows there are some who will not accept you, and will try to turn others against you.
Different points of view help to understand…
With different points of view in the narration, it shows how people see Auggie, and that helps a reader to understand Auggie’s world. Jack Will and Summer Dawson are interesting characters. The characters seem black and white, and not grey, but sometimes, that’s how things are. I don’t think we realize that grey till we grow up. The only part I did not like is that of Justin’s point of view.
Some books are meant to be re-read. This is one of them. I’ve even gifted it to a few friends, who’ve read and loved it too. It’s a “Wonder”ful book after all!
This is the 10th year of the #AtoZChallenge and my tenth year attempting it. My theme this year is Books – Read and Loved. As evident by the theme, I am going to write on books I’ve read and loved.
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