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Worlds best book! My son who is 9 read this book with me and we loved it - we learned from Robert's experience that having a disability can make us stronger and better. Thanks Robert for sharing your story with our family.
5.0 out of 5 starsDelightfully crafted! Tells "BEAUTIFUL" story despite "UGLY" title!
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2016
A cleverly written, humor-filled, poignant and heartfelt narrative of growning up with legs that are malformed and a face that challenges the norms. I urge you to take the time to read this delightfully crafted book. Robert Hoge has experienced the raw emotions that come with facing harsh realities of having physical handicaps, the gross injustice of human bullies and painful experiences of modern medicine --through all this he has emerged an enlightened, compassionate and clearly optimistic man. More importantly, he has the talent to put his story into an immensely enjoyable read without losing one lesson! His tale weaves in lessons of acceptance, of resilience, of friendship, of fear, of empathy, of laughter, of perserverance and of love. I plan to gift this book to as many friends, teachers and children as possible. High recommend!
I read this book from start to finish without putting it down. It was a book that definitely makes you think. There are so many life lessons in this book that we can all learn from and be more humbled people. A great read.
5.0 out of 5 starsEverything an amazing book should be.
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2016
Purchased for my 12 year old (and myself)... amazing book. Highly recommend. Currently making the rounds with teachers and counselors at the school as well, and hoping to get it into the library / onto reading lists. Mr. Hoge, thank you for writing serious stuff in a way that was hugely accessible and impactful for this age group. You had my kid's attention from the first 3 pages: "Mom! He's not holding anything back! I mean, listen to this!...." Everything I believe books can be, this book does.