Book Quotes: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Friday Reads

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share the first sentence (or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.

This week’s book: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder R.J. PalacioTitle: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: February 14, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads):

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

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

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This is such a beautiful story and I can’t believe that I waited this long to start reading it. I am really looking forward to seeing the upcoming film. It will be interesting to see how it will translate to the screen.

Book Beginning:

I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an Xbox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel ordinary. Inside.

Fridy 56:

“She seems very nice.”

“Yeah, she is.”

“She’s very pretty,” Mom said.

“Yeah, I know,” I answered. “We’re kind of like Beauty and the Beast.”

I didn’t wait to see Mom’s reaction.

About R.J. Palacio

RJ Palacio

R.J. Palacio lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel. She did not design the cover, but she sure does love it.



15 thoughts on “Book Quotes: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

  1. kozbisa says:

    This book!!! If I had to pick a required reading book, it would be this one. Young and old could learn a lot about compassion, kindness, and the human spirit. I am crying just thinking about this book, and I actually do not fast forward when one of the movie ads come on. I adored the Julian Chapter too (I hope it’s in the version you are reading). The story his grandmother shares with him made me a puddle.

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    I really want to read this one, but I am super excited about the movie. I will definitely be waiting until I see the movie to read the book. I don’t want the normal frustration that comes with watching a book turned movie. Because THIS movie looks phenomenal and emotional and absolutely perfect.

  3. Nina says:

    I have been seeing Wonder around in different bookstores. I should really get a copy and start reading it. It sounds really interesting.

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