Wonder

Wonder

by

R. J. Palacio

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Justin Character Analysis

Justin is Via's boyfriend. He's shy, quiet, wears round glasses, and plays the fiddle in a zydeco band. Justin is an overwhelmingly kind individual; though his narration implies that he is initially somewhat uncomfortable meeting August, he also chooses to deal with his discomfort on his own rather than make it Via's problem. He also loves Via's parents and feels very safe with them, in part because his parents divorced when he was very young and pushed him from an early age to be independent. He believes that children need guidance, which is why he intimidates Julian, Miles, and Henry after watching them bully Jack—he recognizes that as a high schooler with a scary-looking fiddle case (it looks like a gun case), he has the power to scare them and can hopefully encourage them to change their behavior. Justin begins to come into himself after he's cast in the lead in the school's production of Our Town. When Justin mentions having "tics," it implies that he has Tourette’s Syndrome, though he explains that he experiences fewer tics as a teen than he did as a child.

Justin Quotes in Wonder

The Wonder quotes below are all either spoken by Justin or refer to Justin. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Knopf edition of Wonder published in 2012.
Justin: Olivia's Brother Quotes

it's not even like they know they're being mean, she adds. they were just scared. i mean, let's face it, his face is a little scary, right?

Related Characters: Via Pullman  (speaker), August Pullman, Justin
Page Number: 189
Explanation and Analysis:
Justin: The Bus Stop Quotes

he seems too small to be walking around by himself, somehow. then i think how i was that young when i was taking the subway by myself. way too young. i'm going to be an overprotective dad someday, i know it. my kids are going to know i care.

Related Characters: Justin (speaker), Jack Will
Page Number: 197
Explanation and Analysis:
Justin: Bird Quotes

it's just been so nice being in a new school where nobody knows about him, you know? nobody's whispering about it behind my back […] but if he comes to the play, then everyone will talk about it, everyone will know […].

Related Characters: Via Pullman  (speaker), August Pullman, Justin
Related Symbols: “Our Town”
Page Number: 203
Explanation and Analysis:
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Justin Character Timeline in Wonder

The timeline below shows where the character Justin appears in Wonder. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Via: Out with the Old
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...begins having lunch with her at the smart kids' table. Via meets a boy named Justin at the table and has an instant crush on him. When Via runs into Miranda... (full context)
Jack: The Boyfriend
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A few minutes later, Via returns with a boy named Justin. He wears round glasses, carries a long case with a sharp end, and seems nervous.... (full context)
Justin: Olivia's Brother
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When Justin meets August for the first time, he's surprised. He thinks that he shouldn't be, given... (full context)
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
After Justin and Via get to Via's room, she asks what he thought of August. He assures... (full context)
Justin: Valentine's Day
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Justin gives Olivia a heart necklace for Valentine's day, and she gives him a bag made... (full context)
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...paid the man $20 and took Daisy home, not thinking to ask Mom about it. Justin thinks that Daisy knows how lucky she is to have this family. He thinks of... (full context)
Justin: OUR TOWN
The Difficulty of Kindness Theme Icon
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Justin explains that at school, they're doing the play Our Town for the spring show. Via... (full context)
Justin: Ladybug
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One warm evening in March, Via and Justin sit on Via's front stoop and run Justin's lines. Justin forgets the very end of... (full context)
Justin: The Bus Stop
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As Justin and Via are kissing goodbye, Mom, August, and Jack come down the stairs. Mom pretends... (full context)
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After a minute, Justin watches three kids, two of whom look much older, tease Jack as Jack walks out... (full context)
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After a few minutes, Justin realizes that the war is going on because Jack is friends with August. Justin tells... (full context)
Justin: Rehearsal
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As opening night gets closer, Justin spends more and more time rehearsing. He's thrilled when Via suggests he have his fiddle... (full context)
Justin: Bird
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The next day, Justin asks Via why she never mentioned that she and Miranda used to be friends. He's... (full context)
Justin: The Universe
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Justin can't sleep that night. His lines swirl through his head, as well as Miranda's assertion... (full context)
August: My Cave
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...August, and Via sit down for dinner, and August asks if they're going to see Justin in the play. Mom quietly explains that the play won't be interesting for August, and... (full context)
August: Daisy's Toys
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Justin arrives a half hour later. He sits with August and Via in the living room... (full context)
August: The Ending
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...and Dad explained that this is called a standing ovation. August thinks that Via and Justin must feel so happy, and thinks that everyone should get a standing ovation once in... (full context)
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Mr. Davenport comes over, and Via introduces him to Mom, Dad, and August. Justin pulls Mr. Davenport away before he can look too embarrassed at his reaction to August.... (full context)
Miranda: School
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...didn't, but it was easier to pretend that Via had done something wrong. Miranda noticed Justin about halfway through the school year and then noticed he was dating Via. She wasn't... (full context)