My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My sixth- and fourth-grade children loved this book. My wife said I would too. And so I did.
Feeling sorry for yourself? Thought that middle school was thought on you? Then put yourself in the place of young Augie as he entered 5th grade with a disfigured face that disgusts and stuns his classmates. It is a struggle for both Augie and his classmates as their worlds are turned upside down, testing their character. This book will at times will make you fume or cry, and question the ability of humans to transform themselves.
We don't find out until well into the book what Augie's face looks like, fittingly delivering the message that it's what's inside that counts. Is it a message that his classmates will come to understand?
We can see what's going on inside the heads of Augie, his classmates, his family and others who enter his life as the book is written from all their points of view. That's not something I usually appreciate, but Palacio handles it so deftly that it succeeded beyond my expectations.