The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
"The heroine’s transformation into someone who finds her own style and speaks her own mind is believable — and worthy of applause." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLYFifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex, especially when she compares herself to her... show more
"The heroine’s transformation into someone who finds her own style and speaks her own mind is believable — and worthy of applause." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLYFifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex, especially when she compares herself to her slim, brilliant, picture-perfect family. But that’s before a shocking phone call — and a horrifying allegation — about her rugby-star brother changes everything. With irreverent humor and surprising gravity, Carolyn Mackler creates an endearingly blunt heroine who speaks to every teen who struggles with family expectations, and proves that the most impressive achievement is to be true to yourself.
Publish date: June 14th 2005
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages no: 244
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Coming Of Age
, Banned Books
, Womens Fiction
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, High School
Froggy Welsh the Fourth is trying to get up my shirt.This is the third Monday that he's come over to my apartment after school. Every week we go a little further, and today, on September twenty-third at 3:17 P.M., he's begun inching his fingers across my stomach and towards my bra."Virginia?"I'm not...
...not bad. Not amazing, either. Virginia's actually a decent YA character, though she falls a little flat at times. I appreciated Mackler's willingness to tackle the subject of overweight as a teenager, and thought she handled it well. The emotional aspects of Virginia's self-acceptance and -expres...
If I have to hear Virginia's whinging narrative just once more, I think I'll slam my head against a brick wall.Good concept, but not executed well at all.Virginia, the plus size protagonist, complained about every aspect of her life but did nothing about it - except for a dodgy crash-diet - until th...
Barely three stars. Look, I like the message the author is trying to convey, but I think Melina Marchetta does it better in Saving Francesca. Heck, a lot of other authors did it better. But Carolyn Mackler did an okay job. Read Saving Francesca!
A well-written YA coming-of-age tale, that segues to an ending nowhere near the faily or trite ending I feared. Warnings for sexual violence and disordered eating/body image (dealt with well).