Pages: 313 + 92 ( The Julian Chapter)
This book was just sheer brilliance! Palacio is to the point and straightforward about the whole topic and I think that's what drives readers to pick this book up. It opened my eyes and gave me a whole new insight about people like Auggie. In the book the protagonist, August Pullman, is like any other 10 Year old kid. He loves riding his bike and eating ice creams but despite 27 operations he can never be normal, its his face that sets him apart.
Things are tough for August and his family too. His protective big sister, Via feels angry when people stare and his parents love him yet cannot help but argue about whether August should go to school. Having Auggie be a normal kid just makes the story a whole lot more relatable, the challenges he faces of going through school, making new friends and just trying to fit in really gets you all teared up. Topics like these are never spoken about in books because of the sad and hard truths hidden in them.. But August is a boy who can't be a side story in his world, simply because of the way he looks.
Having the book being divided into viewpoints of many people was something new to me..The part I was most looking forward to though was "The Julian Chapter" which my edition of CORGI books did include. On completion of the book I did expect this chapter to make me feel sorry for Julian but went into the chapter not only to find out about Julian's side of the story but the most cutest and saddest love story narrated to Julian by his Grandmère ( Who by the way I thought was the most coolest person EVER!!!). The book also inspired Random House to start an anti-bullying campaign, called Choose Kind, with a site where people can share their experiences and sign a pledge to stamp out bullying.
"A Poweful read...Likely to become a huge hit with readers of all ages"