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Wonder: An Adaptation

Synopsis

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

 

Review

I was very nervous when I first heard that this book was being adapted into a movie. I read Wonder in February 2015 and just loved it. The way the story is told, without describing Auggie’s appearance and through the eyes of Auggie’s family and friends is quite powerful. I was unsure how well this would translate to film.

I shouldn’t have worried. As the credits began to roll, and I read that the movie was directed and screenplay adapted by Stephen Chbosky. it all made sense. Of course this movie was beautiful and perfect!

From about two minutes in, I knew that this movie was going to be good. It’s a beautiful film to watch, the story is just as touching as it to read. There are many moments that will have you welling up, so bring tissues!

The first time I heard Jacob Tremblay’s sweet voice talking underneath the astronaut helmet, I knew he was the perfect choice for the role of Auggie Pullman. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson were the perfect caring, productive and slightly dorky parents. Izabela Vidovic was fantastic as Auggie’s older sister Via. Together they made a gorgeous family.

I could keep raving about how beautiful, gorgeous, sweet, moving and happy but sad this movie is forever. The film is very true to the book, it’s a brilliant adaptation. I highly recommend seeing Wonder.

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