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Book vs Movie review | Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Saturday, 29 September 2018
Book and movie review of Wonder by R. J. Palacio - kindle flatlay

I am definitely late to the bandwagon with this book, Wonder has been out for a wee while and the movie came out late last year. I knew I wanted to read it before watching the movie but it was always sitting on my tbr, never really getting higher up the list with all the awesome new releases flying straight to the top.


I'd heard a fair bit about this book, and I'd watched the trailer for the movie so I sort of knew what I was getting into. I knew I would probably end up crying at some point so I was wary while listening to the audiobook at work. I'm not sure if it was because I was listening to the story instead of reading it, but I didn't cry once. I felt for August but I didn't feel enough to shed any tears.

The story was lovely and I really enjoyed it but I felt some of the various different points of views weren't really needed. Miranda's storyline was a little pointless, I get that it was meant to be showing that Via was having friend problems too and that the Pullmans as a family were lovely and inclusive and August and Via were lucky to have the parents they have. But I don't think Miranda needed her own section, her own point of view.

Another character I struggled with was Jack Well, even with his chapters I was confused about his thoughts and personality. Did he actually like August or was he just trying to make everyone like him by telling everyone including August what they wanted to hear? Then there was the moment in the woods on the field trip where everyone seemed to make up and suddenly love August, it seemed a bit too much 'Happily Ever After' to me. Also, where were the teachers??? These kids are like 10-12 years old and no one is watching the exits into the pitch black creepy woods?

It sounds like I'm ranting but really those were minor things, I did really enjoy it.


So I may not have cried at the book, but I did bawl my eyes out for the first like half hour of the movie. Maybe because I could see August's face every moment, instead of visualising and possibly forgetting he's not just a regular looking boy like I did with the book. But yes I cried a fair bit.

The point of view thing really seems like quite the issue to me. I liked that they continued it over from the book but they didn't do a very good job as it was so hard to follow. They only showed the character card once no matter how many times the storyline flipped back to certain characters so sometimes it was hard to see who was meant to be telling the story. Especially in some of the family scenes.

I really enjoyed the cast as well, Owen Wilson can only really play one type of character but I still love him and his character of the dad was really great.

Have you read the book, or seen the movie? What did you think?

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