Wonder by R J Palacio

“You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out”.

It happens sometimes, that you eat that dessert really slow, to savor it for longer time. We do not say goodbye quickly, even though it’s time, we don’t let go of the hugs, which mean a lot, something similar did this book to me.

We’ve all been bullied before. Criticized or cast aside because of how we talk, what we wear, or who we hang out with. But I doubt that many of us have experienced anything like what August Pullman went through. Ten-year-old Auggie was born with a severe facial deformity, and despite his shining personality, is plunged into a world with people who cannot see past his appearance. Wonder details Auggie’s journey into the fifth grade, and serves as a stark and honest portrayal of the problems with being different.

Wonder is also a much needed reminder that even though many a times it’s much easier to look the other way, because of impatience, indifference, fear, or revulsion, whatever the case may be, sometimes reaching out to another human being can be a life-changing experience, for everyone concerned, because kindness doesn’t only impact the other person, it also changes you.

This novel teach how to be compassionate, to be kind, to give people a chance, to believe in one’s inner goodness, to view situations in a positive light, to laugh, and to be the best people we can be. At the end of the day, these qualities are more important than our salary Packages or who we converse with.

Wonder is a heartwarming feel-good book with a message that we cannot hear enough number of times – when given a choice between being right or kind, choose kind. Always.

It is a life lesson about kindness, compassion, and human connection. It is a testament to the strength we all have within us, not only to withstand the pain of stinging words, but to take a stand for what we believe is right.

“Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propels us, on occasion, to greatness.”

P.S: Thanks to my Secret Santa for sending this book.

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