Wonder: The Julian Chapter By R. J. Palacio
Published May 13th 2014 By RHCP Digital
Disclaimer: I received a review copy c/o the Publisher via Netgalley.
Summary: Over 1 million people have read Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Now readers will have a chance to hear from the book’s most controversial character—Julian.
From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in the pages of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder, it was clear they were never going to be friends, with Julian treating Auggie like he had the plague. And while Wonder told Auggie’s story through six different viewpoints, Julian’s perspective was never shared. Readers could only guess what he was thinking.
Until now. The Julian Chapter will finally reveal the bully’s side of the story. Why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption?
The Julian Chapter is equally as good as Wonder.
I’ve recently read Wonder and fell in love. I’m so glad I was approved for this book because I wanted to read this so badly.
I’m glad that this book was released; I wanted there to be a Julian chapter but I realize now that this companion novel made more sense than lumping it in one book. The Julian Chapter follows Julian, the main antagonist in Wonder. Julian is a bully and we never really learnt why he was that way and why he chose to pick on Auggie until now.
Before reading The Julian Chapter I always thought that Julian was a product of bad parenting. After all, his mother did photoshop Auggie out of the class picture. She’s quick to defend her son, and in many ways she enabled him to harbour such hateful thoughts and say such hurtful words to Auggie. Julian’s mum has constantly tried to justify her son’s actions and to put it simply: her son is the king. As I continued reading, I understood that his mum only wanted the best for him. And it is her misplaced affection and care that she’s allowed for Julian to be nasty to others. She was one of he factors that contributed to Julian’s behaviour.
Julian himself isn’t quite a mean kid. He has a lot of fears and it is evident that Auggie scares him. Perhaps the fact that he’s scared of another person (being the top dog of the school and all) embarrassed him, so much that he took it out on Auggie who just so happens to be his trigger.
I got very angry with Julian, of the way he felt no remorse and of his silly mother’s behaviour. But as more people began reaching out to him, he begins to slowly understand the enormity of what he’s done.
Julian is an excellent character. There were much character development and it happened slowly over the course of time, as people do.
Even though The Julian Chapter was so short, it was a really thought provoking piece, similar to Wonder. The Julian Chapter is a must read for everyone — especially if you’ve read Wonder.