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?
I thought I could never stand Julian, but I was wrong…
When I read Wonder, I got the impression that Julian was a spoiled kid. I thought his mother was unsympathetic and I was relieved when the middle-school director hinted that he wouldn’t be coming back in the fall.
In The Julian Chapter, we got to see everything from Julian’s perspective. While his parents were supportive, I wouldn’t say they exactly understood what their child was struggling with. I got that Julian’s mom was trying her best to protect her son. I could understand why she wanted Julian to be happy but the approach she used was just awful – she was making things worse for everybody.
After reading The Julian Chapter, I felt relieved to say that Julian wasn’t a bad kid. He could sound mean and cruel at times but he wasn’t heartless. It was good to see him making some amends in the end and I liked that he learned to own up to his mistakes.
What I didn’t expect was the amount of tears rolling down my face while reading the story. I guess I was being caught off guard as I never suspected I’d become emotional as I got to know Julian and his family. It’s wonderful to see the growth in Julian and the story helped me see why we could never run away from our fear.