Thanks to a few excellent pre-publication reviews of this book – particularly this one at Readaraptor! – I was keen to read it, but it was actually this interview with RJ Palacio (the author) that tipped me over the edge and turned it into a MUST READ! NOW! Fortunately, it was on NetGalley, so I downloaded it to my Kindle and got reading.
And oh my. What can I say? It’s a gorgeous book. It’s funny and sweet but, in some places, incredibly hard to read – I actually had to put it down a couple of times because I literally couldn’t see the words for the teariness. But don’t let that put you off – really – because it’s ultimately uplifting and inspiring and just… gorgeous.
I’m going to buy a paper copy because I really want to read it with Harry in a couple of years and I completely agree with Raimy who says it should be required reading for all children between 10 and 16. But honestly a lot of adults could do with a refresher course in judging people on appearances, so everyone should read it. (I only read it a couple of weeks ago, but writing this has made me want to read it again.)