With a medley of fairy tales - all retold with twists - interspersed throughout this book, it adds up to one giant, interesting tale. I liked the story itself, but up until the last two chapters, the main character, Lump, was such an insufferable brat that I came close to giving up on the book several times. He was selfish, arrogant, whiny, vengeful, cruel, and only thought of how he could become rich and powerful and get the vapid beauty he lusted after - basically, his personality was as ugly as his face was described as being. Of course, he eventually has a fairy tale transformation and redeems himself for the most part, but he was so utterly unlikable for the majority of the book, it was hard to sympathize with him and feel happy about his change of heart and disposition.
Lump goes through his whole life living out all the famous fairy tales we all grew up with, only with little twists. This story takes you through all the trials and tribulations of a poor, abnormally looking boy whose mother is a witch of all things. Its a fairy tale but with real life situations that occur between mothers and sons. I really loved seeing Lump grow up into a man who learned many lessons along the way.