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is a middle-grade realistic fiction novel and R.J. Palacio's debut. It is about a 10-year-old
who is about to attend school for the first time since he's been too busy with surgeries of his
to go earlier. Although he manages to form a
with his fellow classmates Summer Dawson and Jacklope "Jack" Will, his face scares off or repulsed all of his other classmates, and this novel is about his quest to gain a
100% Adoration Rating
in his school.
Provides examples of:
0% Approval Rating: August, at first. Adorkable: Justin. Affectionate Nickname: August's parents, Mr. Tushman and Summer all call August "Auggie". An Aesop: "Be yourself" and "Don't judge a book by its cover". And Now For Something Completely Different: Averted! Despite Switching P.O.V. they all still manage to connect to August somehow. Arc Words: "Like a lamb to the slaughter..." Big Damn Heroes: Also doubles as a Heel-Face Turn. Miles, Henry, and Amos stop Eddie and his seventh-grader gang from harassing August and Jack. Blinding Bangs: August takes advantage of his so he doesn't have to see people's reactions to his face. Big Bad: Julian. : Bigger Bad Eddie. Big "NO!": When Jack finds out he unintentionally betrayed August. Bonus points for referencing the example of this trope. Home Alone Catch Phrase: Summer's is "cool beans". August eventually adopts it. Character Tics: Justin has quite a few Chekhov's Gunman: Charlotte Cody. She tells Jack about the "boy war" Julian declared on him after he Heel-Face Turned. Remember Justin, who Via is mentioned to have a crush on early on? He gets together with her much later in the book and becomes a main character. Closet Geek: August tries to hide his obsession. Star Wars Co-Dragons: Miles and Henry. Cool Big Sis: Via to August. Deformed Boys Have Cooties: The Plague. Did You Get a New Haircut?: When August cuts off his Padawan braid, his dad is relieved while her sister is annoyed since he had it since his childhood. Also Miranda and Ella's changed image — in a bad way. Dogged Nice Guy: Jack toward Summer in the ending. Disappeared Dad: Summer's father died when she was young. Earn Your Happy Ending: August's got a long way before he can earn his 100% Adoration Rating. Embarrassing Nickname: August's dad calls him "Auggie Doggie" which he doesn't seem to like. Everybody Lives: Par for the course for a realistic fiction novel, but every villain Heel-Face Turns except for Julian, who ends up switching schools. And Eddie, who is heavily implied to have been expelled. The only character who doesn't make it is Daisy. The Faceless: August's face is not described until the second third of the book. It turns out to be practically The Blank. Getting Crap Past the Radar: See Precision F-Strike. Done literally sometimes too. He Is Not My Boyfriend: Summer says this when Savanna teases the relationship between her and August. Heroic BSOD: August after the Wham Episode at Halloween where he thinks Jack betrayed him. Luckily his sister Via snaps him out of it. Implied Love Interest: Summer to August, justified since they're both too young to be dating. Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Julian and Eddie are the only antagonists who don't Heel-Face Turn by the ending. Killed Off for Real: Daisy. Like Brother and Sister: August and Miranda. Love Triangle: Jack with Charlotte and Summer, he has in interest in the latter but the former has an interest in HIM. Downplayed, again since they're too young to be dating. MacGuffin: August's astronaut helmet Miranda bought for him which he used to hide his face when he was young. August's dad threw it away to help him come out of his shell. Moment Killer: Parodied when August, his mom, and Jack arrive when Via and Justin are sharing their First Kiss and August and Jack chuckle while August and Via's mom pretends not to notice. My God, What Have I Done?: Jack says this inside his head when he realizes he unintentionally betrayed August. Noodle Incident: August and his friends end up calling the Wham Episode at Halloween the "Halloween Incident". Nice Girl: Summer is possiby the nicest character in the whole book. Obviously Evil: You can tell Julian's gonna be the antagonist the moment you meet him. Official Couple: Via and Justin. One Steve Limit: Averted! There are two characters named Zack in the book (one is one of August's childhood friends, one is Miranda's boyfriend.) There are also two Maxes in August's school who are Dungeons and Dragons fanatics. And Ella (Miranda's best friend), Eleanor (Via's new friend), and Ellie (one of August's classmates) are three variations on the same name. Overprotective Dad: Subverted. August's mom wants him to go to school to come out of his shell but his dad is worried about that. After his mom sees what school is like they switch sides. Precision F-Strike: August: "I'm not retarded!" note Product Placement: Lucasfilm would have a field day for how much mentions there are. Star Wars Puppy Love: Deconstructed. The protagonists decide they're too young to be dating, which also leaves an Implied Love Interest between two of them. The Reveal: What August's face looks like. That August's astronaut helmet was Gone All Along. His dad threw it away because he didn't want him to be timid all his life and he actually liked August's face. Sixth Ranger: Miranda. Sixth Ranger Traitor: Technically all of the villains (minus the Big Bad and Bigger Bad, of course), but most notably Jack. Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Jack is the Manly Man to August and Justin's Sensitive Guy. Shout-Out: Before he learns its actual name, August calls The Plague by the in-universe Fan Nickname "The Cheese Touch". Shrinking Violet: August! And Justin. Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Why Miranda and Ella decided to make themselves Hotter and Sexier for high school. The Smart Guy/ The Big Guy: Justin. Stripperific: Miranda and Ella's new look. Complete with pink hair and Bare Your Midriff outfits! Team Pet: Daisy , later Bear. Team Mom: Via. The Stoic: Justin. He even writes in all lowercase! Switching P.O.V. íThree Amigos!: August, Summer, and Jack. Tomboy and Girly Girl: Summer is the Tomboy to Via and Miranda's Girly Girl. Unfortunate Name: Mr. Tushman. Verbal Tic: August mumbles a lot during the beginning of the book, but he gets better once he comes out of his shell. Wham Episode: The so-called "Halloween Incident", where Jack unintentionally betrays August. When Charlotte tells Jack about the "boy war". The introduction of Eddie and the loss of August's hearing aids. What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to Via's new friends, Eleanor and Kevin? After the Wham Episode with him, Eddie isn't mentioned again. He is presumed to be expelled. Bear, the successor dog to Daisy after her death, isn't mentioned again after his introduction, and is mainly just a way to soften the death of the Team Pet.