This is by far the most emotional book I have ever read. On one page I was almost crying, 5 pages later I was laughing. Catherine Applegate is an amazing story teller! This book is also very empowering. It made me want to go to Africa and meet a gorilla. I couldn't put this book down.
The book "One and only Ivan" was different from most books. In most books, the main character is a human and the story is from their point of view. In this book, it is from the point of a gorilla's view and it is very interesting how the author makes it sound like a gorilla is writing this story. I would totally recommend this book because it is so different and special.
I think that The One and Only Ivan is a very emotional book and can easily make you cry, because it has a plot that "shows instead of tells" and also has characters that give you strong emotions (not just sadness). Of all books, I think The One and Only Ivan, it just seems special and unique. Catherine Applegate did a great job on writing from a gorilla's point of view. Ivan did things that would break your heart, and bring "the waterworks". I would give this book a 5 star rating and would love to recommend it to anybody.