Category: 9-12 Fiction
Read: January 2017
Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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: This is a book that will stay with me forever. I loved every min of it and there were laughs and there was tears. It is a beautiful story and I am always going to keep this book for my collection and re-read it again in years to come. That is how much I loved it.
It’s a touching story about Auggie who has a facial deformity that is bad enough he’s never been to school. This year is different he’s going to start grade 5 in a Prep school and he’s terrified. This whole story follows the entire year of grade five for him from making friends to loosing friends. To finding yourself and growing up a little bit. What happens when the whole school is afraid of you and shows it by being mean? And kids can be very mean. How can you look past the face to see the person underneath.
This story is told by the point of view of Auggie but also his sister, his friends and a small bit of the sister’s boyfriend. It is really interesting to see those points of views and see how they are handling things and how Auggie affects them. It’s interesting because it’s not easy for them either. His sister Olivia, for example, talks about how she was always on the back burner in her family. How when they would go out people wouldn’t know her as Olivia but the deformed kids sister. It’s a great take from each angle and I think gives much more depth to the story.
It’s an easy read. No “chapter” is longer than a few pages so for kids that is great, for someone who has kids (like me) it’s also great! For the age group it’s a very appropriate book and quite honestly with the content and how it’s written I think this book should be mandatory read for everyone.
It truly is a beautiful story. I can say I did really cry at the end I loved it. There is such a good message and meaning to it all. I am going to make sure my kids read this when they are older and you should as well. If you don’t have kids, just pick this one up it will change your life.