I can't explain how beautiful this book is.
This book is probably one of the best fictional stories of all time, and that is not an exaggeration. It was so beautiful, and it made you feel like crying in a corner, or shouting for joy. It has an amazing writing style, and definitely worth your time. I read all of it in two days, I literally couldn't put it down. I was incredibly sad when it was over, haha!
I recommend this book for kids twelve and up. There is nothing inappropriate, but Doug's father is abusive and often drunk. There is talk about the Vietnam War, and his brother comes home from Vietnam severely injured and scarred. Doug disobeys and disrespects his teachers consistently, but in the end of the story, his teachers understand him more, and he becomes friends with them.
There are many role models and people to look up to in this story.
Doug learns that he will be okay for now, even amidst his awful family life, being excluded and humiliated at school, feeling no one understands him, and staying strong through Lil's cancer. He develops an optimistic view of life, and stays himself through all his troubles.
Lil is a great role model in many ways. She stays strong through her cancer and never gives up, even when the stats are one in four. She was going the be the one. She is a wonderful friend to Doug.
Mr. Powell, Mrs. Windermere, Doug's mother, Mr. Ferris, and many others are great adult role models, for simply always being there for Doug.
I tell you, this book will set your Clarence rocking.
Don't know what that means? That's a good indicator that you need to read the book. You won't be disappointed.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness