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3.0 out of 5 stars
Good story, but not as gripping as I expected, 9 Aug 2013
I bought this book after hearing some great reviews and reports that it was the next 'Curious Incident', which I really enjoyed. Unfortunately the book disappointed me slightly as I do not think it lived up to these reports. It is definitely nowhere near as moving and engaging a book as 'Curious Incident'.
The story is about August, a boy with a facial disfigurement. The narrative switches between being written from August's perspective to other characters in the story, such as his sister and friends, and by doing this the story does successfully show how a condition like August's can affect not only the children themselves but also other people around them. The book contains some good messages - such as the importance of kindness.
However, I found the book grated slightly. This was partially due to it being very American-ised, although I appreciate this is difficult to avoid when talking from an American child's perspective. However, I also felt that the book lacked the depth it could have considering the topic. I struggled to truly care about any of the characters, and although I expected it to be a very emotional read it failed to be this.
Worth a read to see what you think, but in my opinion not as good as the hype suggests