Have you ever felt alone? Can you remember a time when you thought you weren’t good enough? Maybe you have even felt ugly before? Sophie certainly knows how you feel. Sophie was created a Christmas sweater and was feeling on top of the world when she was chosen to be featured in a newspaper ad. For one day, she was shipped off and was the model for a glamorous photo shoot. Her feeling of joy faded when she got back to Warehouse City and had to quickly learn to understand and find the best way to work with all the different personalities of the other sweaters. With compassion and humor, Sophie was able to turn those who started out as adversaries into allies. These were skills she would need when she arrived at the Superstore, the place where her forever person would find her. During her short stay at the store, before Katie purchased her, Sophie had the opportunity to watch and observe human nature in a big way as the masses of holiday shopper descended when the doors opened each day. All of the things she learned would be needed for what was to come. At first, Sophie believed she was the happiest sweater in the world. The perfect forever person had chosen her, and she even heard her talk about going to a Christmas party and being entered into a best sweater contest. Sophie was alive with excitement, especially when she found out that Katie was going to “bling” her out. Oh the glitz, the glam, Sophie was loving it all. First came the garland. Then the blinking lights. Next it was larger ornaments and presents under the tree. Being an over-achiever, Katie also added bells, bows, a purple peacock, a raccoon, an elf, a floating Santa head, an angel and candy canes all over her right arm! Sophie was feeling like a freak show and wondered why her forever person would want to change her so much. Why wasn’t she good enough just the way she was? With the help and support of her new family, Sophie learned some new coping skills that allowed her to grow and gain from the feelings she once had. With these new skills in place, what once seemed overwhelming was now simple and easy. Life was good. Until….. One evening, Sophie and the family that had been attached to her were left on the kitchen table. There before her, Sophie saw things that caused her world to crash in around her. In plain sight, was an invitation to the party she was going to with the prompt to Get Your Ugly On! $100 to the winner of the UGLY SWEATER CONTEST. As her heart sunk, she glanced to the right and saw a newspaper advertisement. What it said made her go numb. There on the open page was a picture of her. It was one that had been taken when she had been sent to model at the photo shoot. UGLY SWEATER SALE the words above her head screamed. She had been created… no, she had been born to be ugly. Her only purpose in life was to be a hideous amusement. Sophie was heart-broken and saw no reason for her worthless, pathetic life. Thanks to the love and understanding of her adopted family, Sophie came to learn her true value. Having come to love herself, she was able to offer those around her so much more, which made her feel even better. She was also able to let her challenges turn her into a champion! Join Sophie as she shares real life solutions to the opportunities for growth that present themselves in our lives. When you delight in these pages, you will come to love Sophie and feel both her trials and her triumphs. Take this journey now and engage in a delightful ride that will capture hearts of all ages during all seasons.
I received this book to review in exchange for an honest review. This in no way had any impact on the review.
When I first received the email to review this book, I almost deleted it before I looked over at my daughter and thought: ‘okay, it’s a kids book. I have a kid now, let’s go ahead and give this a shot’. I know the earlier you start reading to kids the better, but the books that live on my shelves aren’t really ‘kid material’ and while I have a few I have started reading to her (Harry Potter, The Series of Unfortunate Events), this one looked like it would be an interesting Christmas story. I didn’t read anything about the book other than skim over the blurb given with the book name and author name so I assumed when it arrived it would be a book written for younger kids and it would be one of those that had the hard covers. I was in for a shock when I arrived as a paperback, chapter book with a total of 198 glorious pages.
My next complete shock was when I realized the book was told from the perspective of the sweater herself. Her name is Sophie and had I done more than skim the blurb, this wouldn’t have shocked me at all. However from the very first sentence in this novel, I was hopelessly drug into the story and I found myself relating to a sweater in ways I never really thought that I would (haha, never thought I would say that either). You see, normally I avoid nonhuman characters (unless they are young kid books) and I attempt to avoid first person point-of-view stories too (though I think they are growing on me). I read this entire book and had to go back and see what point-of-view it was written in, I was that engrossed with story itself.
Anyways, Sophie goes through so much in the month of December and she writes down the events of her life daily. She is examined often, she gets to be a model and she even gets separated from her family. Through all the devastation and many disappoints, Sophie struggles with her thoughts and her mindset. She learns to persevere through it all with the help of her “framily” and she learns ways to help stay happy.
I believe that this book was meant to come across my path, I have had issues with a lot of things here lately and this novel has helped me in so many ways. I read it on May 27th, 2015 in one day. I didn’t get to finish it in one sitting, but I did often read out loud to my daughter as I cuddled her or fed her. Diary of an Ugly Sweater is a heart warming novel that is meant for all ages, it will help adults just as well as it will help children. I loved the fact that you felt just about every emotion while reading this book.
I took a lot away from this book as far as lessons go and it’s currently housed on my shelf with all my favorite books. I will cherish it and love it for as long as I live. I give it five out of five stars, because I adored it and because I related to it in so many ways that it made it extraordinarily hard to feel as if it were speaking to me. In parts, if even felt like it had been written for me. There are so many pages I have marked with post-it notes that it was hard for me to pick just one thing to quote from the book, but being the constant worry worm that I am, I choose this one:
“So why worry about something that will probably never happen? Why not enjoy your life and think about all the stuff that makes you feel good?” ~Cassi Eubank
If you enjoy a good story, if you are feeling down and depressed, if you are worried about anything or if you are like me and are a bit pessimistic (I am really trying to change this) then please, pick up this book and read it. I can honestly promise you that you will love it and you will not regret it. I just wish it had been written sooner.