Wonders Written Rant January IBP

Today, I’m going to be talking and making a little rant on why people shouldn’t be treated as they are because of their looks. Many people say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But this is clearly the case in the book Wonder, written by Raquel J Palacio that is a realistic-fiction. In this book it shows judge someone for how they look and until they really know the person.

August, the main character has a very deformed face and went through many surgeries to fix it. He has tried his best but his face still looks hideous. He was bullied due to his deformed face and in the book we realize that August does not have any mental issues and because of his deformed face, he is treated like a monster and not treated equally and he knows he’ll have a more difficult life than others and I just think it’s unfair. He tries his best to act like the other kids, tries to change himself as much as he can to be like his friends. He tries his best to make his friends feel better and he goes through pain from all the surgeries and yet he is still treated like a freak and it is wrong. All of August’s friends know that August is a normal kid just like anyone else and is funny and that he should be treated just like anyone else. We know that August is made fun of as no one sits next to him, his friend was asked by the principal to befriend him, everyone whispers behind his back. Also, what’s up with people whispering, they’re so bad at it. You can always hear few words to make out the sentences. Its evident that August knows he’s being treated this way and it is hurting his feelings and we should stop. August’s friend Summer was nice enough to give August a chance and now they’re very good friends. They didn’t want to be born this way and shouldn’t be treated as a freak but more of a friend and should be nice to him at least once before judging. Imagine you were born that way, and all you saw were weird looks coming from the corner of their eyes, shaking their head. It’s a horrible feeling for everyone. To be staring at you and being infamous. August is the strongest person here as said “Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.” He learned to deal with it and to feel natural with it and how optimistic he became throughout the book.

Basically, people like August should get a chance and should be treated equally and the book does a good job sending the message of someone in August’s position. Where they can feel sorry for the character. So in conclusion, people like August shouldn’t be treated unfairly because of his looks and should be treated equally.

p.254 Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.

Palacio, R. J. Wonder. First edition. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.