Book Review – Auggie & Me

Auggie and Me is not a sequel, but rather a deeper dive into Wonder. Auggie and Me includes three short stories told from the points of view of Auggie’s bully, Julian, Auggie’s longest friend, Christopher, and Auggie’s Welcome Buddy at Beecher Prep, Charlotte. Each of the characters made an appearance in Wonder, whether they played a major or minor role, and each of their stories in Auggie & Me show the impact Auggie has had on their lives.

 I told you I was sorry for the additional book reviews!


Book 46 was a birthday present of mine this year. I loved the story of Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and knew I needed to see these characters through.

Book 46:
Auggie & Me: three Wonder stories
by R.J. Palacio

Genre:
Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

Published:
December 2014

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, Auggie and Me is not a sequel, but rather a deeper dive into Wonder. Auggie and Me includes three short stories told from the points of view of Auggie’s bully, Julian, Auggie’s longest friend, Christopher, and Auggie’s Welcome Buddy at Beecher Prep, Charlotte. Each of the characters made an appearance in Wonder, whether they played a major or minor role, and each of their stories in Auggie & Me show the impact Auggie has had on their lives.

Favorite Quote(s):

“No one has to be mean. Ever.” 

-R.J. Palacio, Auggie & Me
Awards (based upon my brief research):

None noted.

Pages:
303

My Overall Rating:
4 – I know I only gave Wonder 3 stars, and that’s largely because it’s written for people who are half a generation below me. However, I still love, love, love this story and think everyone needs to hear, it in some fashion, by the time they’re in high school. What I loved about Auggie & Me specifically is the way R.J. Palacio left the ending to Wonder as it was, but dove deeper into the story, sharing the points of view from three other characters. After reading Wonder, the reader naturally wants more, but R.J. was very smart to leave what happens to the reader’s discretion in this case, and instead further show the impact Auggie made on people he interacted with at various capacities.

Book Review – Wonder

Wonder was a very quick read, but still, I would recommend it. I hope my daughter reads it when she’s in Middle School, and I hope she’s a Summer and not a Julian. 

The past few years I’ve tried to read at least two books per month (24 books in a year). 2018 is off to a great start as I finished this gem, my second book of the year, within the first week of the year. I don’t always read this much, but when I have the time, reading is what I generally want to be doing.

Book 2
Wonder
by RJ Palacio

Genre:
Children’s Literature – Fiction

Published:
February 2012

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, Wonder is about a boy, August Pullman, who was born with a “facial difference” and is infiltrated into a prep school in the 5th grade after being homeschooled for all of his previous schooling. The book spans the length of a school year, and shares August’s experience throughout that year from various character’s perspectives. He’s new, he’s “different” and he’s in the 5th grade… I think you get the general idea.

Favorite Quote:

If you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you the face of God.

― RJ Palacia, Wonder

Awards:
The New York Times Best Seller list

Texas Bluebonnet Award master list.
2014 Maine Student Book Award
Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
2015 Mark Twain Award
Hawaii’s 2015 Nene Award

Junior Young Reader’s Choice Award for 2015
In Illinois, it won both the Bluestem and Caudill Awards in 2014

Pages:
316

My Overall Rating:
3 – Over the course of the book, I felt there wasn’t a significant plot, but in the end, I gained an appreciation for the writing style and was satisfied with it as a whole. I want to give this book a higher rating, because it really was a great read and such a feel good book (I was literally smiling as I read the end). What holds me back from rating it higher is simply the fact that it’s very much a children’s novel. Wonder was a very quick read, but still, I would recommend it. I hope my daughter reads it when she’s in Middle School, and I hope she’s a Summer and not a Julian.