Recommended to me by: Tess Alfonsin
A hard-edged book for teens that takes on multiple tough issues:
- Children’s cruelty to each other for being fat or disfigured
- What it’s like to grow up fat or disfigured
- Surviving parental abuse and abandonment
- Religious intolerance by some Christians
While I applaud the author’s courage in addressing all these important issues, I think the book would have been stronger with at least one fewer sub-plot and more attention to characterization. The major teen characters showed some complexity, but the adults were either all-good or all-bad.
I was caught up in the plot and characters until the book suddenly turned into a thriller with a violent climax. I felt tricked into reading something far more violent than I expected or enjoyed.
I’m glad teens are reading and thinking about all the issues in this book. I wish the issues weren’t packaged with a violent, all-good/all-bad wrapper.