Once before, when I first finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I wrote a spur-of-the-moment bonus post expressing my feelings and thoughts. It wasn't so much a book review/recommendation as a word-vomit related to the story and my own personal situation, but nonetheless, I thought it to be a good post. Which is why, today, I'd like to do that again, although maybe with a little less word-vomit and more of the recommendation part.
Today I read a book that I found through a TED-related blog, Wonder, by R. J. Palacio. It's a children's book, but man, was it heavy. I found it wrenching and painful within the first few pages, which is actually saying a lot. I love to read but rarely do I get so emotional over books. The emotions and brilliance just continued, too, right to the end, and I definitely cried. Would you believe it, I'm a waterworks in real life, but I rarely cry at books. This one made me cry.
So I'd like to recommend it to all of you. Wonder.
Wonder is the story of August, a ten-year-old boy born with severe facial deformities. He has been homeschooled his whole life due to surgeries and such, but for fifth-grade, his parents decide to start him at a private middle school, which, naturally, is a big change and causes lots of interesting and terrible and wonderful things to happen. The premise is enough to make it gut-wrenching, but on top of that, it's got a lot of brilliance. What I like most is how there are (nine?) distinct sections of the book following different characters involved in the story. These characters range from August to his sister Via to his new friend Summer, to Via's boyfriend Justin, and each have a distinct voice that adds to the story quality. The amazingness of this is that it shows the interconnectedness of the community around August, and how one person can affect so many others.
The main point of view, of course, is August's, which is incredibly special in how it takes you into a completely new mindset. It reminded me of Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, which is a children's book from the viewpoint of a girl with Asperger's syndrome. Mockingbird and Wonder have a similar power in their unusual POVs and their emotional intensity. Mockingbird was another of those rare few books that have made me cry.
In summary, Wonder was an extremely powerful book, very emotional and vivid and brilliant, and I absolutely recommend that others read it.
Hasta la vista!
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