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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,155 ratings  ·  598 reviews
Robert Hoge was born with a giant tumour on his forehead, severely distorted facial features and legs that were twisted and useless. His mother refused to look at her son, let alone bring him home. But home he went, to a life that, against the odds, was filled with joy, optimism and boyhood naughtiness.

Home for the Hoges was a bayside suburb of Brisbane. Robert's parents,
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 2013 by Hachette (first published August 20th 2013)
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Kate It is possible you are referring to the young reader editions -- sometimes non-fic writers simplify and slim-down books to appeal to younger…moreIt is possible you are referring to the young reader editions -- sometimes non-fic writers simplify and slim-down books to appeal to younger audiences. Also, I believe this author is Australian so, different release dates there v US.(less)

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When Robert Hoge was born, his mother didn’t want him. She thought he looked too ugly, that he was, in appearance, a monstrous baby.

Fortunately, her love of children made it impossible for her to abandon him in the end, though we also have his four siblings to thank for it.

This is an insightful nonfiction book about the life of Robert Hoge, who was born ugly and grew up ugly. Throughout his childhood period, he undergoes different surgeries, comes across many obstacles and is faced with variou
Raeleen Lemay
I quite liked this! However, it felt a bit rushed near the end, and after such detailed accounts of Robert's younger years, I would have liked to know a bit more about his time between being a teenager and an adult. Otherwise a great book, especially for kids! If you know a kid who enjoyed Wonder, give them this next.
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each one had something different about them.
I just had different differences.

Memoir is the writing of one’s life, this would be so hard to do considering your book is called Ugly and is what you are calling yourself. I take my hat off to this author for writing his story.

Robert Hoge is 4 years older than I am, but that’s where the similarities end. He’s endured hardship to an extent that I cannot fathom, and holds his head higher than I ever could. Yes he’s inspiring, yes he’s resilient, yes
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks THEY have problems!
“When I was twelve I went on holiday to Sydney. One night I was alone in an elevator heading to dinner in our hotel. Two middle-aged ladies got in. One of them looked me up and down, then stared at my face long enough to make me look away.

‘Terrible how they let kids so young play football these days, ‘ she said to her friend. ‘Look at the damage it does.’

The other woman turned and stared at me too. ‘Yes, yes it is,’ she said.

I stayed silent until the elevator reached the ground floor.

I shou
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This truly is a very moving and inspiring read and one in which I won't forget.

Mary Hoge went into labour on the 21st of July 1972 and endured a long and difficult labour. On Sunday 23rd of July 1972 she gave birth to her fifth child Robert Hoge. After he was born Mary asked if her baby was alright and the doctors reply was no. Of course no parent wants to hear that straight after giving birth.

Robert Hoge was born with a large tumour on his forehead which ran all the way down to the tip of wher
Makayla D
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was truly one of my favorite reads so far. I really loved reading this book because it gives you a different perspective on life. It talks about Robert, a boy who was born with many disformities. He had both of his legs amputated and had many surgeries on his face to help make him look "normal". He struggled with bullied mostly once he got to middle school and started to wonder if he would ever be like the other kids. When given the choice to have another surgery to make him "normal" h ...more
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Edwina Harvey
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Robert Hoge is a guy I see at science fiction conventions, I don't know him very well, so my curiosity was piqued when I saw he had a memoir coming out.

I learned a lot about Robert by reading his memoir, and am sure his book will interest many readers whether they know Robert or not.

In some ways the title and beginning of the book are confrontational. So many of us are ugly in so many different ways, and feel we belong to what Robert refers to as "The Ugly Club"; outsiders, people to be picked
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Clare M
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was well written and easy to read. Robert's voice is humorous and honest. I'm sure it will resonate with kids as it did with me. I will be recommending it at my school library.
Robert was born with severe deformities including a large tumor growing in the middle of his face and two legs that did not properly form in the womb. He reveals that his mother did not want him as a baby and had to take some time to wrap her head around the reality with newest baby. This book also addresses the topics of bullying. The way Robert faces teasing is inspiring because he holds his head high (for the most part) and does not shy away from living his life to the fullest. At one point, ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am incredibly glad that Penguin Random House decided to send me a copy of Roberts story. It's a very honest account of what's it's like to grow up with a disability. He wasn't born with a physical advantage in life and has a great attitude about it. I love that this is written for younger readers and I will be recommending it for sure.
J L's Bibliomania
Don't remember why I picked up Ugly, a disability memoir by Australian author and SF fan Robert Hoge. It was OK. I may go look for his TED talk to see if he's more compelling in that venue.
Gaby Bolduc
It's a great book to show kids it's okay to be different, you just have to know how to own it.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was extremely interested in reading this as I have known Robert for many years as someone interesting to talk to at Science Fiction Conventions. I had always wondered about his looks but being a politely brought up young lady, had never asked before exactly what had caused them. His memoir is a poignant, witty, self-deprecating look at life for the not-so-normal looking. I laughed with him, I cried with him, I marveled at how much his childhood memories mirrored my own as we grew up in similar ...more
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Ugly is an amazing story of the life of Robert Hoge. he was born with a tumour on his face which left him disfigured as well as deformed feet which were amputated so he could walk with fake legs. For Robert to share his story is truly remarkable and very brave. He lives an ordinary life with his wife and child and has not let his disability conquer him. Thank you Robert for sharing your life with me, the reader. I applaud you for your frankness and wish you all the very best in the future. For p ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Billed as "the true life Wonder story" this book documents Robert Hope's life as he learns to "own his ugly face." Hoge was born with a tumor in the center of his face, and under went extensive facial surgery at the age of four to fix his appearance. Hoge narrates his experiences in school and in life as he struggles to fit in. Told with wit and sincerity, this is a great book to teach kids empathy towards those who are different.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was a memoir about a man who was born with facial deformities and undergoes many surgeries to look as "normal" as possible. He was often stared at and teased about his looks. While this was a decent book in general, it just wasn't what I thought it would be.
Colin King
An amazing true story that resembles Wonder!
I really wanted to like this book. The illustrations were interesting and the overall story is heartbreaking, but the way it was written prevented me from really connecting with the work or taking anything away from it. It's a very sad story, but cut off abruptly and the writing itself was too basic for me.
Ms. B
Fans of Wonder will enjoy this true story by Australian Robert Hoge about what it was like to grow up with a facial deformity and disability. This that rare nonfiction biography that kids will read. The I llustrations interspersed throughout the story were perfect.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narration takes a dive after a promising start. Nonetheless I enjoyed the matter-of-fact tone and the glimpses into the key episodes in his life. coping with surgeries and deformities. Its a great choice for middle grade and even as kidlit.
Paityn enos
this book is about how one ugly kid has to learn to get along with his uglyness and make life or death choices.
Shauna Yusko
Well, this is going to be popular as a companion book for Wonder. It's an interesting story, but I think this edition for young readers was just chopped from the original, not adapted. The story makes some big leaps and doesn't flow like it should. Which is really too bad.
Sarah Rosenberger

Good nonfiction title to pair with Wonder
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm impressed, not just that Hoge chose to tell the story of his life (including the fact that his mother didn't want to take him home for a month after he was born), but also that he chose to tell it for a middle grade audience and did it — in my opinion — very well. He talks in a matter-of-fact way about both his facial differences and his physical disabilities due to his deformed legs, using simple but not condescending language. He talks about being teased and being stared at, but he also ta ...more
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!

Ugly is a book I should have read a long time ago. A LONG LONG TIME AGO. I really feel that my middle-grade self would've been obsessed with this kind of book, as it is a real story and a memoir where we readers get to read about Robert Hoge's life as an individual with a disability. I loved Hoge's narrating skills and the way he described his struggles; I can definitely say that I felt my heart break a few times whil
Brittany Van
Puffin Books, 2017, 224 pgs., Genre: Non-Fiction, Grade level: 3-8, GR level: T, Lexile level: 890L
Ugly is an inspiring young adult novel due to its positive perspective and outlook on life regardless of challenge and doubt. This book reveals how an individual named Robert overcame the struggles given to him in his life. He was born with a very large tumor in the center of his face and very disfigured legs, both of which needed extensive surgery. This book goes to show how any challenges can be
A memoir, written at a level that children can read and understand...can't think of another I've read....Robert Hoge is from Australia...has made a good living writing...and so he tackles his own memoir.

Robert is the fifth of five children, and was born with several deformities. He had a huge tumor (huge for a newborn) on his face, obliterating his nose, and neither leg was correctly formed...his mother was unable to even look at him at first. And thus begins one of the most honest books I've re
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Hoge, Robert Ugly, 200 pages. Viking (Penguin), 2016. $17. Content: PG (some taunting and bullying)

Robert was born with a tumor down the middle of his face and other physical deformities. He needed many surgeries to make his life just livable. Even though his mother was reluctant to know her baby at first, she become his fiercest protector soon after. Robert gives us an honest look at life with his face, especially when the kids at his school called him “Toe Face” after a reporter told his nose
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