“MR. BROWNE’S SEPTEMBER PRECEPT:”
“When given the choice between being Right or being Kind, choose Kind.”
- Book: Wonder & The Julian Chapter
- Series: Wonder #1 & #1.5
- Author: R.J. Palacio
“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
REVIEW + SPOILERS AHEAD:
Auggie is such a sweetheart. I wish if I can just scoop him up and shower him with hugs and kisses. He is funny, kind and incredibly smart. Especially for a kid who has been homeschooled all his life. His mom did a good job teaching him all those years, so props for her being an awesome Super Mom.
It took me less than a day to finish this beautiful creation. I went into it expecting heart ache, sadness and anger to the world for August, but I didn’t. Instead, I felt happy for him. Life may have been cruel to him by giving him that condition but it gave him something else in return. In Justin’s words, (Olivia’s boyfriend, who is Auggie’s sister) he explains it, “no, no, it’s not all random, if it really was all random, the universe would abandon us completely. and the universe doesn’t. it takes care of its most fragile creations in ways we can’t see. like with parents who adore you blindly. and a big sister who feels guilty for being human over you. and a little gravelly-voiced kid whose friends have left him over you. and even a pink-haired girl who carries your picture in her wallet. maybe it is a lottery, but the universe makes it all even out in the end. the universe takes care of all its birds.”
This book is filled with beautiful gems like this one. It was written with the intention of teaching valuable lessons, the most prominent one of all is Kindness. Something I must admit, the entire world seems to have lost. This is the kind of book that you walk out of, changed, grown and different. At the very least, you walk out of it with a different view on the world, you walk out of it thinking.
“It’s like people you see sometimes, and you can’t imagine what it would be like to be that person, whether it’s somebody in a wheelchair or somebody who can’t talk. Only, I know that I’m that person to other people, maybe to every single person in that whole auditorium.
To me, though, I’m just me. An ordinary kid.”
Not only does it show the world from August’s view but it also sheds the light on the people surrounding him. We get to live through the point of view of his friends, his sister and the different bystanders that have crossed paths with August. It shows us how their lives have also been affected by August and how they each struggle or grow from it in their own way. Which is makes this book all the more relatable to the readers.
Novella: The Julian Chapter
“AUGUST PULLMAN’S PRECEPT-“
“Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all overcometh the world. –Auggie”
What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^
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