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December 19, 2008

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things-- Carolyn Mackler


Fifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex. She lives on the Web, snarfs junk food, and follows the "Fat Girl Code of Conduct." Her stuttering best friend has just moved to Walla Walla (of all places). Her new companion, Froggy Welsh the Fourth (real name), has just succeeded in getting his hand up her shirt, and she lives in fear that he’ll look underneath. Then there are the other Shreves: Mom, the successful psychologist and exercise fiend; Dad, a top executive who ogles thin women on TV; and older siblings Ana├»s and rugby god Byron, both of them slim and brilliant. Delete Virginia, and the Shreves would be a picture-perfect family. Or so she’s convinced. And then a shocking phone call changes everything.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit; although it was a bit slow at the beginning, the end made you want more. Immediately after reading this, i wanted there to be a sequal just so that i could follow the characters through more of their life.
4 stars!

age recommendation: 13+

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