The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round ThingseBook - 2003
An overweight teen is sure that she's the weakest link in her high-powered family - until her handsome, athletic, star-student brother has a shocking fall from grace.
-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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 Anaïs 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.
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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Does " doing exactly what you want " mean not thinking about other people's feelings? Because that's not the kind of person I am. Maybe it can mean whatever I want it to mean, like taking care of myself and not letting people walk all over me. Yes, that's much more like it.
7. And finally, let's face it. If you had a small, puny present and a big, round present, which one would you open first? The big, round one, right? Who ever said smaller is better? NO ONE, that's who!! - Virginia Shreves
"Why can't you say it out loud, Mom?" I shout. "I'm fat, Ok? F-A-T. But that doesn't mean I have to hide beneth layers of fabric. That doesn't mean I'm exactly like you used to be, ashamed of showing my body. That doesn't mean I have to get my dress from stupid old Salo--"
Mom cuts me off."I've had quite enough of you this afternoon," she says curtly.
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Virginia is fat. F-A-T. She's basically given up on ever becoming skinny, but her ultra-thin and healthy mother won't hear of it. Virginia battles tons of drama--from seeing a "fat" doctor, to long distance friends, a love interest with a boy named Froggy.... and, biggest of all, her law-breaking brother. Virginia must rely on hope to be happy.
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