by R.J. Palacio

I loved this book. It has such a great message and I quickly became attached to the different characters. This book tells the story of a young boy, who was born with a facial deformity, and his first experience going to public school in fifth grade.

I'm not sure where to begin. There are so many things I liked about this book...

This was a quick read and I finished it in about a day. Probably because I couldn't put it down. It was such a fascinating story. August had gotten used to all the stares he got but this was the first time he was forced to deal with everyone's reactions in such a big way.  The book did a great job of exploring what it would be like to be so different from everyone else, plus how everyone might react to seeing him for the first time.

It is written from the perspective of several different people in August's life, including himself, and I really liked reading what their thoughts and reactions to him were. And to see just how much their lives were affected by being a part of his world.

It felt very real. Like this story could have happened at any middle school in America. It deals with all the issues of popularity that seem to come to the forefront at that age. It was a great little peak into the minds of preteens.

But what I really enjoyed about this book is how all the characters grew by knowing August. They all learned things about themselves and how to deal with the peer pressure around them. This book really shows the importance kindness and how little acts of friendship can change people's lives.

Oh and the ending was just perfect! If you haven't read this book yet, you should give it a try. It's a great story. I think it would be really great for those who are just about to enter this stage in life to read. It might give them a good perspective to better deal with the pressures and demands of middle school drama.