Ugly, by Robert Hoge, is a great chapter book that tells a heartbreaking and emotional story of being born and living with severe physical deformities. Hoge's autobiography takes you on a powerful journey through his life growing up and overcoming adversities into adulthood.
One of the more emotional parts of the story, is when Hoge was born, his mother initially did not want to keep him because of his deformities. She decided to ask her other children if they wanted her to bring Robert home. The siblings unanimously voted to bring him home. That was just the beginning, and Hoge then takes you on the ups and downs of his life and all he had to endure. He underwent numerous surgeries in hopes of having a more normal childhood. Through time, Hoge chooses not to undergo any more surgeries and accepts himself for who he is.
The compelling story Hoge takes you on, about enduring hardships, overcoming life's struggles, and coming to acceptance really captivates the reader. The writing is very accessible and it is a great book with a wonderful message of tolerance and acceptance that everyone should read and know.
By Nate Kovatch, Penworthy Sales Representative
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