Finally finished Wonder. It actually took me a while to finish. I liked the book and the message it had to say, but I think overall I actually liked the movie better. I hate saying that, but it’s true. I think the movie is well paced and for the most part, they got all the good parts in the movie.
The problems I had with the book was that the Auggie is supposed to be in fifth grade, but many times he and his friends remind me more of second graders. For some reason that really bothered me. This might be because I’m an elementary school teacher and have my own fourth and first-grade children at home. My fourth grader loved this book (her teacher read it to the class) and she never pointed this out, but it just annoyed me.
The other problem I had was that book tended to drag. Sometimes there would be scenes in the book that just seemed like filler and I didn’t learn anything at all. I think those were the times I put the book down for a while. I have enough trouble with adult books doing that I’m surprised a middle-grade book got away with it. Also, there seemed to be a ridiculous amount of POV’s in this story and sometimes you have to read the same incident again from another perspective. Another reason I found myself putting the book down for a bit. Justin’s perspective was the worst and I know he is supposed to be some hipster, but to have all of his POV to be in lower case just made me mad and skip his section altogether, and to be honest, I didn’t feel like I missed anything at all. Part of that was because he was such a minor character it didn’t matter and his section was only a few pages.
Overall though, I really liked the story and message. The main message of the story is to be kind to everyone. Not everyone is nice to Auggie because of his face deformity and he has to just get used to that. Kids are afraid to look at him, talk to him, or even accidentally touch him. Finally, he gets a few friends and his happy, silly nature wins them over and they become better people because of it. Auggie has his ups and downs and of course as tough as he has had to be about his obvious problem he can still be sensitive to his looks, which is completely understandable. This book had me smiling and crying and overall it was a feel-good book.