I have heard so many rave reviews of this book. I have overheard people talking about it, the internet went mad over it, Liberty told me it was awesome – the list goes on.
Compared to The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, I can’t imagine so many people can be wrong so I really want to get my hands on a copy and find out what all the fuss is about.
I must confess to not being a massive fan of the cover for the simple reason that I spent quite a long time thinking the book was called ‘Wonder Eye’ or possible ‘Wonder, I’ because the positioning of the writing gave me the impression that I was supposed to ‘read’ the rest of the face. Turns out I was just thinking about it too hard.
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.
What books are you lusting after this week?