This was an amazingly heartfelt thought provoking, laugh out loud and tear rendingly poignient piece of fiction which I thoroughly enjoyed from cover to cover so I am glad I finally read it because I ‘d been wanting to read it for a long time. I absolutely fell in love with Auggie who was the main character because he was so well written and his stealey determination and steadfastness were simply amazing. The way the author has split the book into different parts reflecting the main people in August’s Life is great as it allows you to learn about third part in the story as well as their feelings about August’s differences.
August is a young boy who’s face is deformed through a combination of a genetic condition he has and all the surgeries he’s had thanks to being born with a cleft lip/Palete. It explores the topics reactions that people have to him when they meet him how he and his family deal with this, family; friendship, love, honesty, respect and coping with change.
All the characters were really well written and believable which meant that they were easy to connect with my favorite characters were Auggie for his strength and determination and his sister Via who was really strong with a no bullshit attitude. I loved how close Auggie and Via were as well as how unconditionally she loves and how she’s his strongest supporter. I really didn’t like Julian one of the boys from School mainly for the fact that he clearly takes an immediate dislike/fear of Auggie to the point of trying to turn the rest of the year against him, but I loved it when it ended up that they all turned against him instead.
On Goodreads this book is listed as a YA contemporary realistic fiction and I really does fit well into these genres.
This is a book that without doubt I will read again. I loved this book and would recommend it to or buy it for anyone who enjoys YA contemporary books with a realistic fiction basis.