Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?
- I was recommended this by Jo Jo Moyes on Twitter. It’s a young adult novel, but at no point do you feel spoken down to.
- I cried, loudly, while on a flight. The cabin crew checked to see if I was alright. I nodded, wiping tears from my face, and explained it was the book.
- It’s very easy to read, written in the first person from the point of view of August, the young boy. The narrative skips along as he starts at school dropping in back story about his face and what others do around him or how his family is
- It shows how cruel kids can be to other kids. I don’t know why, but this still surprised me, even though I had a taste of it at secondary school
- The point of view then moves to August’s sister, then to Summer, August’s friend
- The changing points of view means you see how August's facial disfiguring affects people differently
- Returns to August's perspective and it is interesting to see how he is received in the school including going to the school trip which is pivotal moment
- The character is described as a wonder, both medically for how rare his condition is, and emotionally for how he deals with his 1st year in school
- This story is simple, honest and a wonder
Does this sound like something you'd like to read? have you read anHonestly, I normally don't read YA books, but this, was amazing.
Until next time,
Liam Livings xx