Kinder than necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed. Why I love that line, that concept, is that it reminds me that we carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness.
Author: R.J. Palacio
About the Book: YA, fiction, 316 pages, published February 14, 2012
Summary: The universe what not kind to Auggie Pullman. Auggie was born with a terrible facial abnormality that kept him at home, avoiding people’s stares as much as possible. Until this year. This year, Auggie turns ten and his parent’s think it may be time for him to start a real school.
Just like everyone else, Auggie simply wants to be normal.
Told from shifting perspectives (including Auggie himself, his sister, and friends), this story is POWERFUL. It’s about a boy with a facial deformation, but it’s also about love, family, friendship, growing up, and so many more important lessons that everyone should learn.
I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.
My Thoughts: This book is one that I think everyone should read. The characters are real and easily relatable to. The story is a unique perspective on something that many of us may not have any experience with. We all want to be normal, but none of us know how to accomplish that. And for others it’s even harder. This book is full of life lessons that truly hit home. Appropriate for people of all ages.
Things I Liked: The characters, so real. The story, I’ve never read a book like this one and it filled me with new information and understanding of others. The shifting points of view, sometimes I really struggle with books that alternate characters, but in this book, it really helped show all the sides of this story.
Things I Didn’t Like: Aside from hating people’s reactions to Auggie (which is how it would actually happen), I really just loved this book. It took me a little while to get into, but I think part of that was because I was in a reading slump and not because it wasn’t a good book.
I give this book 5 stars because it is one of the best books I read in 2017. It’s one of those books I think absolutely everyone should read because it’s got some seriously amazing lessons. However, I would recommend this book specifically to people who like coming-of-age stories and morally uplifting stories. All in all, this book just made it to the top of my “favorite books” list.
Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.
Let’s talk! Have you read this book? What did you think? Is your opinion the same as mine? Do you disagree? Why? Is it on your TBR list? Have you seen the movie?
When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.