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An overweight teen is sure that shes the weakest link in her high-powered family - until her handsome, athletic, star-student brother has a shocking fall from grace.

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 hell 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 Anaïs and rugby god Byron, both of them slim and brilliant. Delete Virginia, and the Shreves would be a picture-perfect family. Or so shes convinced. And then a shocking phone call changes everything.

With irreverent humor, insight, and surprising gravity, Carolyn Mackler creates an endearingly blunt heroine whose story will speak to every teen who struggles with family expectations - and serve as a welcome reminder that the most impressive achievement is to be true to yourself.

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Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi's life:

She is 16.

And a size 17.

Her perfect mother is a size 6.

Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 2 months, and wants Ann to be a bridesmaid.

So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less).

Welcome to the world of informercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, endless run-ins with the cutest guy Ann's ever seen—and some surprises about her not-so-perfect mother.

And there's one more thing—it's all about feeling comfortable in your own skin—no matter how you add it up!

K.A. Barson's sparkling debut is "deliciously relatable, with a lot of laughter on the side." — Rita Williams-Garcia, New York Times best-selling author

About the Author

Carolyn Mackler is the author of the acclaimed young adult novel LOVE AND OTHER FOUR-LETTER WORDS, which was an American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications, including SEVENTEEN, GIRLS' LIFE, TEEN PEOPLE, and GLAMOUR. Of THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS, she says, "So many of us feel like we dont quite fit in with the rest of the world, that were inferior to others in some way. But things happen. Bad things happen. And many of us end up learning the difficult but important lesson that the people we idolize may not be all theyre cracked up to be. And guess what? Were not so bad after all!"

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msanders867, October 12, 2009 (view all comments by msanders867)
I first came across this book on the ALA's annual list of Banned or Challenged Books (one of my favorite sources for finding materials to read. This book has been listed for several years running and was initially drawn in by the title. Although it is considered a YA book, I defy adult readers who were a little less than popular as teenagers try not to relate to Virginia as she not only struggles with the atrocities of being an overweight teenage girl at a private high school but also as a member of a family composed of trim, athletic high achievers that includes two seemingly perfect older siblings. All but convinced she is adopted, it takes a stunning event in her family to lead Virginia to realize her own worth and to find her own voice. I highly recommend this book.
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ISBN:
9780763619589
Author:
Mackler, Carolyn
Publisher:
Candlewick
Author:
Barson, Kelly
Location:
Cambridge, MA
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Adolescence
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Weight control
Subject:
Self-perception
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Assertiveness
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
ya;fiction;body image;young adult;family;date rape;teen;high school;friendship;realistic fiction;humor;rape;weight;coming of age;printz honor;self-esteem;chick lit;romance;relationships;self image;teen fiction;fat;printz;contemporary;eating disorders;new
Subject:
ya;fiction;body image;young adult;family;date rape;teen;high school;friendship;realistic fiction;humor;rape;weight;coming of age;printz honor;self-esteem;chick lit;romance;relationships;self image;teen fiction;fat;printz;contemporary;eating disorders;new
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
bk. 1
Publication Date:
20030714
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
13-17

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Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi's life:

She is 16.

And a size 17.

Her perfect mother is a size 6.

Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 2 months, and wants Ann to be a bridesmaid.

So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less).

Welcome to the world of informercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, endless run-ins with the cutest guy Ann's ever seen—and some surprises about her not-so-perfect mother.

And there's one more thing—it's all about feeling comfortable in your own skin—no matter how you add it up!

K.A. Barson's sparkling debut is "deliciously relatable, with a lot of laughter on the side." — Rita Williams-Garcia, New York Times best-selling author

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