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Author:  Carolyn Mackler
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0763659797
ISBN-13: 9780763659790
Sku: 223433180
Publish Date: 2/14/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  244
Age Range:  18 to UP
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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.

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.

From the Hardcover edition.


Kirkus Reviews
"Virginia's emotions progress from despondence to anger, joy, and strong independence, all portrayed with clarity. An easy read with substance and spirit." 06/15/2003

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The book is knowing about the relationship between image and self-image, and there's genuine understanding and a welcome absence of condescension in Virginia's exhilarating change of style as she moves from being her formerly fat mother's frumpy plus-size proxy to a cool chick at her current size, complete with piercings, purple hair, and thrift-store wardrobe." - Deborah Stevenson October 2003

Publishers Weekly
"The heroine's transformation into someone who finds her own style and speaks her own mind is believable--and worthy of applause." 07/21/2003

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   14
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0244
Product attributePublisher:   Candlewick Press (MA)
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