This week’s BotW is RJ Palacio’s Wonder. It was hands down my favourite book of last week’s reading – I was enjoying it so much I nearly took it to London when I went down for work at the weekend – even though it was a hardback library copy! And the first thing I did when I got home on Sunday afternoon was to curl up on the sofa and finish it.
Wonder is the story of Auggie – born with a terrible facial abnormality and starting school for the first time after years of home schooling. With multiple narrators, you see the world from his point of view and from those of the people around him as he tries to fit in and make friends and be “normal”.
If I could have read this in one sitting, I would have done (don’t you just hate it when real life gets in the way of reading?!), it’s that kind of book. It really is one of those novels where you fall in love with the characters and the world and don’t want to leave it behind. And you can insert my usual comment about the state of my to-read pile meaning I don’t get to good stuff soon enough – because this has been on my to-read list since it was mentioned in an Emerald Street mailing soon after it came out.
I need to get my own copy – firstly because my library copy didn’t have “The Julian Chapter” in the end of it and secondly because I want to lend it to my sister and my mum. And I want to read it again. It’s that sort of book. And don’t be put off by the fact that it’s a children’s/YA book if you don’t usually read that sort of thing. It’s really worth it.