Hands down one of the best books I have read in a long time.
When August was born, the doctor saw him and passed out. That gives the reader an idea of how deformed August’s face is, right from the beginning, though August clues the reader in as well when he says: Whatever you’re thinking, it’s worse.
August is now ten, and his parents have decided that it is time for him to go to school. He is able to enter Fifth Grade and must handle not only being the “new” kid but also the “new” kid that everyone is afraid to touch or be too close to.
August’s year is full of ups and downs and there are some real moments of beautiful insights throughout the book. The entire book was beautiful and funny but this is my favorite quote, spoken by August’s principal at Fifth grade graduation:
“If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary – the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.”
I loved this book.