Reading Wonder (Reading with Aunt Bre)

“Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”

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This is the first post in a series I am calling “Reading with Aunt Bre.” These posts will probably be pretty inconsistent because they will depend on me getting my nieces and nephew to read and review books with me. My 12-year-old niece and I have both read the middle grade book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and these are our thoughts:

My rating: 4/5 ⭐

Isabella’s rating: 5/5⭐

Synopsis according to Isabella: “There is a kid named August . This kid, August, has a problem where his face doesn’t look the best.”

Isabella rated this book so highly because it is the first book she ever read where she “just wan to keep reading”. This was so awesome to hear because I’ve been trying to find books that might turn her into a reader.

I was haunted while reading this novel by all the stupid and mean things I did or said when I was 10. Kids can be cruel. This story is told from multiple viewpoints: August (of course), August’s friends, August’s sister (Olivia), and even Olivia’s friends. Isabella’s favorite character was Summer because “she was just so nice to August and never switched up on him. Not even if all her friends thought she weird; she just continued to talk to Auggie.” I think this is a great message for everyone, children and adults.

Isabella’s least favorite part was a really sad one that made me cry (no spoilers, you’ll know what we’re talking about if you’ve read it!) Overall, it was a great story with great characters, though I thought some of the viewpoints were unnecessary. We both recommend you pick it up!

Next up I’m hoping she’ll read Breakout by Kate Messner which I adored. Any suggestions for books Isabella might enjoy after loving Wonder? I’d love to hear!

Note: I have fixed some minor typographical/grammatical errors in Isabella’s writing.

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