Wonder, written by R.J. Palacio, is about a boy named Auggie Pullman who was born with severe facial abnormalities. For years he never went to school as a result of constant surgery but he is now about to enter the fifth grade at Beacher Prep. The book follows his misadventures throughout that year and his eventual triumph of fifth grade.
I got this book in the summer of 2012, when it had only just recently come out (I have a hardcover, first edition that’s in near-perfect condition and I’m so planning on keeping it for many years to come). I adore this book and every time I read it I fall in love with Auggie all over again. Through the betrayal, the bullying, the ostracization, Auggie remains strong.
I really care about and love this story so I hope that people the world over will be touched by it the way I am.
This is what his sister described him as even though in the trailers he’s not as bad.
His eyes are about an inch below where they should be on his face, almost to
halfway down his cheeks. They slant downward at an extreme angle, almost like
diagonal slits that someone cut into his face, and the left one is noticeably lower
than the right one. They bulge outward because his eye cavities are too shallow
to accommodate them. The top eyelids are always halfway closed, like he’s on
the verge of sleeping. The lower eyelids sag so much they almost look like a
piece of invisible string is pulling them downward: you can see the red part on
the inside, like they’re almost inside out. He doesn’t have eyebrows or
eyelashes. His nose is disproportionately big for his face, and kind of fleshy. His
head is pinched in on the sides where the ears should be, like someone used
giant pliers and crushed the middle part of his face. He doesn’t have
cheekbones. There are deep creases running down both sides of his nose to his
mouth, which gives him a waxy appearance. Sometimes people assume he’s
been burned in a fire: his features look like they’ve been melted, like the
drippings on the side of a candle. Several surgeries to correct his palate have
left a few scars around his mouth, the most noticeable one being a jagged gash
running from the middle of his upper lip to his nose. His upper teeth are small
and splay out. He has a severe overbite and an extremely undersized jawbone.
He has a very small chin. When he was very little, before a piece of his hip bone
was surgically implanted into his lower jaw, he really had no chin at all. His
tongue would just hang out of his mouth with nothing underneath to block it.
Thankfully, it’s better now.
He can eat, at least: when he was younger, he had a feeding tube. And he can
talk. And he’s learned to keep his tongue inside his mouth, though that took him
several years to master. He’s also learned to control the drool that used to run
down his neck. These are considered miracles. When he was a baby, the
doctors didn’t think he’d live.
He can hear, too. Most kids born with these types of birth defects have problems
with their middle ears that prevent them from hearing, but so far August can hear
well enough through his tiny cauliflower-shaped ears. The doctors think that
eventually he’ll need to wear hearing aids, though. August hates the thought of
this. He thinks the hearing aids will get noticed too much. I don’t tell him that the
hearing aids would be the least of his problems, of course, because I’m sure he