Hmm. This was supposed to be a feel-good story but that’s all it was. It felt like the run-of-the-mill feel-good story when it could have been more.
So the book’s about August, AKA Auggie, who has a facial deformity. He’s been home-schooled all this while but his parents decide to put him in school for his fifth grade onwards. And we follow along with Auggie as he learns about people.
We follow many viewpoints over the course of this book – which I was not expecting. Auggie’s perspective takes up the most. Then we have Via’s – Auggie’s sister – who tells us how it is to grow up in the same family with someone who receives more attention. Then we have Summer – a friend Auggie meets in school. Then we have Jack – another ‘friend’ Auggie meets in school. We also have Miranda’s viewpoint – a friend of Via’s and also of Auggie’s. And then Justin’s – Via’s boyfriend.
Auggie’s viewpoint is alright. Via’s thoughts are expected. Summer’s viewpoint was unnecessary, to be honest. And Summer does not seem believable. Spoiler Alert: Summer goes to sit beside Auggie for lunch break on their first day of school. She gives up her friends to do that. I don’t think it’s possible. Would you leave your group of friends to strike up a conversation with someone that’s alone? Even if you’re nice and you pity that person, it just… What I find more believable is if you talk to your friends about it and then your whole group goes to sit with the one that’s alone. But that’s just me.
Next, we have Jack’s viewpoint. Jack’s alright. Jack’s normal. Jack’s like every other kid that hangs around with the popular crowd but is different from them. He’s been done to death.
Miranda. Was absolutely unnecessary. I don’t know why she needs to be in the story. I don’t know what value she adds to the story. I’m completely missing it. She and Via have issues at the beginning of the story. Although the story explains somewhat why… all I’m thinking is why doe? Why do they need a conflict between them and why does the conflict have to revolve around Auggie?
Justin although nice to read about, could be completely removed too.
I don’t know, I just felt like there were too many characters with too many stories that were just being fed to me for me to feel something for them.
And I didn’t like that ending. Auggie received an award at graduation from fifth grade – I didn’t know you had graduations at each level. But anyway, the plot had deviated so far away from Auggie with all these characters that I don’t know why he deserves an award for ‘courage. kindness. friendship. character’. I would rather Auggie get an appreciation for teaching everyone that they needn’t be afraid of what they don’t know. But I don’t know.
But I did like the part when kids finally stood up for Auggie. They finally picked a side. And I did enjoy Auggie’s voice throughout.
But. This story seemed very run-of-the-mill. Auggie can be changed out for anyone that’s not the popular kid. Every other character fits a stereotype too.
A fine one-time read. 3/5