“Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”
― R.J. Palaco, Wonder
Wonder is one of those books that can’t be forced into one particular age group. The book may be about a ten year old who has a genetic disorder that disfigures his face, but it finds its place in the hearts of readers from a variety of ages.
Palacio writes a brilliant story about August, who is going to a real school for the first time. In his previous years he was home schooled. Through his journey of fifth grade, August makes you both laugh and cry. He often jokes about his condition, but then there are also immature and horrible people who remind him of his disorder in humiliating ways. What’s sad is that even some of the adults acts like there children and cringe away from him.
Regardless, August fights his way through the challenge of a new school with a few friends who care more about who he is than what he looks like. In having these friends, Palacio shows that there are horrible people in the world, but there are also those who stand by you, who have pure hearts. She also makes sure to let her readers know that they should never give up in anything they do.
That’s why even if your an adult you should pick up this book. I’m sure it will have more than a lessen or two that aren’t just for kids.
“…because in the end this was never the great love story of Tessa and Will (though they have a great love) or Tessa and Jem (though they have a great love) or even Will and Jem (though they have a great love) but the love of Tessa, Will and Jem. The three of them. When Tessa and Will kiss on the stairs at the Institute, they hear the violin: that symbolized Jem. When Tessa and Jem kiss at the end, Will is very much present for both of them: it is no dishonor to his memory, but rather the greatest thing they could have done for him: the thing he would have wished for above all other things, that the two people he loved most in the world would be happy when he was gone. They are and will always be, a triad.” - Cassandra Clare (x)
Art by Cassandra Jean (x)