Every fortnight, the girls of Margin will be reviewing a new book that's available at our Frances Compton Library. This week, Emily reviews the 'emotional and thought-provoking' Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
Review by Daniela DiFazzio
Wonder by R. J. Palacio was on the school reading list at my primary school. I did not expect it to be particularly good as it was required reading, however it was a really thought-provoking book.
Wonder follows the life of a fifth grade boy Auggie, who has facial abnormalities, as he struggles with bullying and trying to fit in. This book was quite emotional as it brought out perspectives that the majority of the population would not ever consider, simply because they are not in that situation. Although this means the book is not relatable to the average person, it also widens their views and understandings, causing them to become more open-minded.
The technique of changing perspectives to different characters throughout different parts of the book enables the reader to understand others’ views, not just that of Auggie, and understand the hardships surrounding other people's lives – such as being a glass child, as shown from Auggie’s sister Olivia’s perspective. Although it improved the qualities of the book sometimes, at other times, such as from the perspective of Olivia’s friends, it felt rather unimportant to the story and caused a lull in the plot line.
One of the other things I found disappointing with this book is the fact that the book revolved wholly around Auggie, and yes, this book is about him, but the fact that even in the other characters' points of view, their narratives still revolved around Auggie.
Overall, this book is very emotional and thought-provoking. Although I would not recommend it from a fantasy perspective, I think it is a book that everyone should read at least once in their life. It is suitable for those aged 8+
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