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

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Fifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex, especially when she compares herself to her slim, brilliant, picture-perfect family. But that’s before a shocking phone call — and a horrifying allegation — about her rugby-star brother changes everything. With irreverent humor and surprising gravity, Carolyn Mackler creates an endearingly blunt heroine who speaks to every teen who struggles with family expectations, and proves that the most impressive achievement is to be true to yourself.
 

About Carolyn Mackler

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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 don't quite fit in with the rest of the world, that we're 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 they're cracked up to be. And guess what? We're not so bad after all!"
 
Published May 10, 2011 by Candlewick. 257 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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“Froggy Welsh the Fourth is trying to get up my shirt,” begins this eminently accessible journey from self-hatred to confidence.

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A "chubby" New York City teen faces pressures from her family to get thin, and her brother is suspended from college on charges of date rape.

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"Chubby" New York City teenager Virginia Shreves is having a hard time: not only is her best friend, Shannon, spending the school year out west, but Virginia's being pressured about her weight by her family—especially her formerly fat mother, a prominent adolescent psychologist.

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Although the ending is far from satisfactory --- the webzine that Virginia creates comes out of nowhere and is a little too convenient a way for her to have a group of instant friends, for example --- the lessons Virginia learns about self-worth and self-acceptance go down easy and will appeal to...

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Parents may not always appreciate Virginia's choices -- like getting her eyebrow pierced without permission -- but she is a character that teens can relate to, and they will certainly respect her growing ability to stand up for herself.

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