Reading Challenge: Book #2 Review

As some of you may be aware, instead of making resolutions for the new year that I would inevitably fail at, I decided to take on a 52 book reading challenge.  You can read more about it here. The 2nd book I decided to read was Wonder by R.J.Palacio. The category: A book with a one-word title.  I'd had it sitting on my shelf for some time & had heard good things, but I didn't actually know what it was about. I think the initial audience for this book was intended for kids/young adults because it is a very straightforward & easy read...BUT, the story & the message is so important, everyone SHOULD read it, no matter your age.  Like I did for my first book review, I'm stealing the summary from Good Reads. I 100% recommend this book to anyone with kids or anyone who could use a good reminder in life not to judge a book by it's cover.

You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

Book #2 complete!


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