Saturday, 12 March 2016

Review: Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio


Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio
Published by Corgi 2015 (Paperback)
380 Pages

WONDER tells the story of Auggie Pullman: an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, whose first year at school changed the lives and the perspectives of everyone around him.

AUGGIE & ME is a new side to the WONDER story: three new chapters from three different characters - bully Julian, oldest friend Christopher and classmate Charlotte - giving an insight into how Auggie has touched their own lives. Thought-provoking, surprising, infuriating, heartbreaking and heartwarming, AUGGIE & ME is a must-read for the thousands of readers who loved WONDER
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Thoughts

I first read Wonder last year and I must admit it touched me more than I thought it would. It ended up being one of my favourite reads from 2015 and it's stayed with me ever since. For anyone who doesn't know, Wonder is the story of Auggie Pullman who was born with Craniofacial Abnormalities and has for the better of it not had the best start in life, enduring several surgeries to correct his face and feeling like an outcast. In Wonder we follow Auggie as after being homeschooled for several years, he finally starts school at Beecher Prep. It is a heartwarming story as we see Auggie touch the lives of several of his classmates and teachers, despite suffering some hardship. 

Auggie & Me is a series of three short stories following three characters that we meet in Wonder - Julian, Christopher and Charlotte, all whose lives have been touched/changed by Auggie. We learn more about their own lives, their struggles, their happiness and how Auggie has affected them. I found this really interesting and I loved finding out about these three characters, who we meet in Wonder but we don't really know much about.

All three stories intrigued me and kept me hooked and I found it really fascinating to find out more about them, and I was shocked by some of the things I discovered. Despite absolutely hating Julian whilst reading Wonder, when I read his story I kind of felt sorry for him. I know some people may not agree with me, but there are two sides to every story and it felt good to learn the reasons behind him not liking Auggie. The ending to his story had me in tears and I saw him in a different light. With Christopher, being Auggie's oldest friend isn't easy and although we met him briefly in Wonder we didn't really discover much about him as a character, so it was great to find out about how he and Auggie became friends and what being Auggie's friend meant to him. He was actually a really interesting character to read about and some of his moments had me laughing. Charlotte was one of Auggie's welcome buddies and despite me wanting them to become close friends, it never really happened. In her story we learn more about what life is like as a girl at Beecher Prep where popularity seems to be everything. We follow her as she learns to keep your true friends close and that in the end popularity isn't all it's cracked up to be. She was a intriguing character and I really hope her Broadway Dreams came true.

Auggie & Me was a really fascinating read. It was great to learn more about three minor characters that we wouldn't really have thought twice about. Although it wasn't as good as Wonder, as we didn't see much of Auggie, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and was transfixed. Like Wonder, these stories really did touch my heart and will stay with me for a long time to come.

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