Wonder by R.J Palacio Review by Amanda Ripsam
This book is a keeper and I am sure I will want to reference again and again. I have a genetic disorder where I have some facial differences called velocardiofacial syndrome or 22q for short. I also have a daughter with the same disorder. I read this book to her and I had to choke back tears as I often take my child to dr visits I am thankful my child did not have school social life as hard as Auggie has had. No child disabled, disfigured or not should feel that way and singled out at school ever. Seeing from the other kids side really had me going for the tissues and wiping tears as I read to my daughter. We don't look very different with our genetic condition but have had the dr visits and the struggles with school just not to that kind of extreme. Wonder reminded me to be thankful in all things that it could be worst and it allowed for conversation starters to open up and have heart to heart about if kids see her that way and they really don't even notice anything wrong just that Bella learns a little difference. I was encouraged to continue blogging our journey and story knowing how much impact this book has had on people who saw the movie or read the book. The other book Auggie and me is a must read as well. I wish I could go into details but I would not want to spoil the book. You will laugh, cry and become shocked at some of the things in the book or movie.