“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives." This quote pretty much sums up this book. I mean, this book deserves that! It was amazing, absolutely amazing. To me, it was the kind of book that makes think more than it was the kind of book that makes you feel things.
I liked the different POVs, it was interesting to see how August had an impact on the different people and their lives. I especially loved hearing the story from Justin's POV (apart from August, that is).
I find that more often than not the parents are absent in these kind of books. Well, not in this one. August had the most caring parents ♥ They treated him like they would treat any other kid, and gently helped him grow older and used to the cruel world around him. They fought a bit, but it felt so so real! And that's part of why I loved this book so much.
I was touched by how cruel kids can be. I mean, I already know that of course, but still, it had an impact on me. It felt like Palacio was just describing the real world and it kind of hurt, you know? Why are kids so cruel? Smaller kids, well, they just don't know any better, but bigger kids? Well... There's a lot of reasons for that, I guess.
August seemed older than ten years, he was so smart! It still seemed fitting though, because wouldn't you be older on the inside if you had his life? I think so...
Even though this book is about how looks aren't important and that you should accept one another, I think it's the most heartfelt book I've read all year. August's life is not easy and the situations he got into? Well... It's not easy being him, let me tell you that! Still, this book gives me hope. I really believe that this book can change your look on things, maybe even your life. It changed mine.