‘My name is August.
I won’t describe to you what I look like.
Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’
Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie’s parents are sending him to a real school. Can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?
This was a beautiful story about a middle school boy with a facial abnormality trying to navigate life. It truly brought me back to my own middle school days with the way that Palacio described all of the different types of people.
It’s very easy to look at the characters and compare yourself to who you probably were in middle school. Were you the one being bullied (August), the bully (Julian), the one who fully befriended the lonely kid (Jack and Summer), or the one who is nice to the lonely kid but can’t risk not being popular (Charlotte).
It’s also easy to find each of these types of people in the world outside of school and that’s why this book is so important to read. The lessons it teaches can be applied almost anywhere. We should all try to have Auggie’s outlook on life if we are the ones being bullied or to be Jack and Summer when someone else is in need of a friend.
I absolutely loved Auggie’s character. He is so lovable and hilarious that it’s easy to see that the only reason some other people don’t want to be friends with him is because of the way he looks. His story can teach so many good lessons about inclusion and not judging other people on the way they look.
The other thing I really liked about this book is that it gave the perspectives of Auggie’s friends and family so that we are able to see how Auggie has touched and affected their lives.
I listened to this book on audiobook and while I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend the audiobook version (some of the voices were hard to listen to), I would definitely recommend picking this one up. I don’t think you will regret reading this. It is so lovely and important and I know it is a story that will stay with me.