“My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, its probably worse.”
I am so glad that I read this book. This book follows a 10-year-old boy named August Pullman, who was born with a facial deformity. He has had 27 operations but still doesn’t look quite normal. Because of this anomaly he never went to a regular school and was home-schooled by his mom. He is extremely smart for his age. Like any other ordinary kid he plays Xbox, and is obsessed with Star Wars. He’s about to start 5th grade and that’s when his mom decides she is not fit to teach him anymore and looks out for a better platform for him.
You will definitely fall in love with the family. His family has gone through a lot and they are always protective of August. They just want to do what is best for August. His mom randomly throws in the idea of sending him to Beecher Prep. Initially August is hesitant but slowly he accepts it. This story is about all the trials and tribulations he faces from his first day of school until his graduation.
When August begins at middle school, he is nervous for a lot of reasons. August cannot walk down the corridor without being the subject of stares and cruelty. No one wants to talk to him or even touch him by mistake. This book is told in multiple perspective so we get to know what all the characters think about August and how they process the entire situation. His protective big sister, Via gets angry when people stare at August. She loves him so much, but there is a lot going on with her as well, and all the issues are dealt subtly and beautifully.
This book will definitely make you cry, and at the same time make you happy. You will understand that despite all the cruelty there’s still goodness in this world. This book definitely shows the reality and I strongly believe that everyone should read it. It is a bold, brilliant book that is well written. You will be a changed person after reading this. You will definitely feel warm, inspired and refreshed.
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Reading level: 9 – 11 years ( I strongly recommend it for everyone. Parents, teachers, kids, just everyone!)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- ISBN-10: 0552565970
- ISBN-13: 978-0552565974