English: Responding to ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio

"Wonder." Goodreads. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.

“Wonder.” Goodreads. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.

During this year, I’ve read a book called ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio. The novel is about August, a 5th grade boy born with a ‘different’ face struggling to fit in school, hence he has never attended to one. Throughout the story he meets Jack and Summer, as they will become his best friends.

I believe the theme of this book is, never judge a person by their looks. The author used symbols such as August and Miranda, August’s sister’s friend.

August Pullman- He is the main character of this book. He bears a very rare facial deformity, as when he was born, he had a cleft palate. Other than his face, he is quite a ordinary boy who is academically clever. This shows, his face does not affect his intelligence. He even received an award for accomplishment, at the end of the year.

Miranda Navas – Miranda cared for August; she watched the whole Star Wars series just for August’s sake. But she got mentally depressed after her parents divorce, and showed change by dying her hair pink and styling up. Via, August’s sister, was not pleased with this and left her alone. But Miranda’s insides didn’t change; she still cared for August, and even Via.

This book was written very uniquely; each chapter was in first person narrative, from different people’s perspectives. This was very interesting, because you can read and understand how each character really feels and what they think.

3 thoughts on “English: Responding to ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio

  1. Some interesting things were the names, for example Summer and August. It feels like a negative bit depressing book but it has a positive message to not judge people by there faces. I wonder what it would be like if we all had masks and really chose friends and lovers just by their personality. I think it is a very clear post. I like how your symbols are the characters. I’m interested in the book and maybe I will get to read it.

  2. I think it was interesting that you explained about the characters because I was able to understand the connections between the character.
    I am sorry if it is just me that doesn’t really understand it but is Via August’s sister? and is Miranda, Via’s friend?.
    Overall, I enjoyed this blog post because you explained it very deeply and your theme was very clear. 🙂

  3. I’ve heard of this book – a very relevant theme for our day and age! Interesting how people can be symbols. What about your emotional response to the story?

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