Wonder by R.J Palacio, reviewed by Rozemah Ali
I could tell you that this book is the one to shut the world out for, to immerse yourself in to enter a world narrated from equally detailed and gripping perspectives...
Perhaps if I told you fans of Alice Sebold’s ’The Lovely Bones’ and Jodi Picoult’s ’My Sister’s Keeper’ will rejoice at the protagonist of ’Wonder’, envisioning him as the little brother we all long to protect from judgement, that’ll urge you to pick up a copy...
Regardless of your stance, I urge you to pick up a copy - for the underdog, the worrier, the philosophical. This book will appeal to readers of all walks of life, thanks to Palacio’s innovative approach.
Every perspective of the book provides further insight into August and the effect he has on others - who can honestly admit they’ve never wished to know what others thought of them? The beauty of ’Wonder’ is that we’re provided with these views, fully aware that August’s own version of events aren’t exactly mirroring the truth.
I can’t cover all the features I appreciated about this book without divulging too much; the unexpected humour, skillful inclusion of pop culture references and the time taken to provide background knowledge on other characters are a handful of what makes this book the must-have for your reading list.
’Wonder’ serves as a delightful reminder that we’re never alone during times of hardship, no matter how much it feels like it. If you’re in dire need of a reminder that the world isn’t bereft of kindness, pick up a copy and remind yourself that one kind act is all it takes to get the ball rolling.