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The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things (2003)

av Carolyn Mackler

Serier: Virginia Shreves (1)

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Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.
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I would give this 4.5 stars if I could. It wasn't quite amazing/perfect but I really enjoyed it. The main character was immediately likable and had an original voice, extremely funny yet vulnerable. I appreciated that she showed a ton of personal growth even while things weren't perfect at the end. And Mackler's assessment of a dysfunctional family and the horrors of high school were spot on. Read for Banned Books Week.

Course evaluation: Mackler addresses controversial topics (weight, self-mutilation, bullying, rape, eating disorders, teen sexuality) in honest and realistic ways. Virginia feels like a real teenager – smart and interested in the world, perplexed by the unfairness of school popularity, vulnerable and self-loathing due to her perceived imperfections. Teen readers will appreciate her self-deprecating humor and will relate to the horrors of not fitting in. Mackler paints a realistic backdrop and doesn’t try to solve every problem in the novel; instead we see Virginia’s coming-of-age and small actions that represent large emotional changes. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
At first, I thought the book to be trite and a tad corny. But, as I progressed, I thought the author had a good way of describing the feelings of self loathing and sadness that accompany those who make comments regarding weight. Fourteen is a tough age, especially when a group of well-liked and top of the popular list take great pride when intentionally making very rude, nasty, bullying comments regarding weight.

Virginia lives with a brother who is good looking, popular and well-loved by all girls who enter his orbit. He is at the top of the list smart, and girls flock to him. Her sister is also popular and thin. As a child, her mother reminds her that she was also "fat" and knows how her daughter feels (but she truly doesn't.) Her father makes unfeeling comments about Virginia's weight.

While her brother and sister are rewarding for their intelligence, Virginia is reminded she would be rewarded IF she lost weight -- a lot of it!.

Virginia likes a boy whom she brings home so she can seek attention by his grouping of her. Though, in her mind, he would not want to acknowledge her in the school atmosphere.

Her mother takes her to a doctor with the goal of helping her lose a lot of weight. Much surprised, Virginia's mother doesn't agree with the doctor who reminds her and Virginia that healthy eating is a goal, not the issue of weight for the only sake of losing it!

This is an insightful book of the list of things that must be accomplished to literally FIT in.

I read this in one sitting.

Three Stars ( )
  Whisper1 | Aug 16, 2020 |
Fun fast YA book. Made me think about what it was like to be a teenager. The book definitely took a left turn I wasn't expecting and I was surprised by how the family dealt with that in some aspects, but not overall. I assume some people will be upset with how that wasn't addressed or handled well in their opinion, but please remember that was not what this story was about. This story was about Virginia and how she dealt with it and with her family. I enjoyed this enough to look up other books by this author. ( )
  bookswithmom | Dec 18, 2019 |
Summary: Virginia feels isolated from her family. They are thin, beautiful over-achievers; she feels like a chubby under-achiever. When her rugby star brother is found guilty of something terrible, she needs to rearrange her views of who her family is, and ultimately who she is.

My Thoughts: This was an excellent stotry, I see why it’s an award-winner. Although I’m not from an over-acheiving family, nor was I chubby, I could still relate to a lot of her experiences and feelings. This was a touching story. ( )
  The_Hibernator | Nov 5, 2019 |
Carolyn Mackler dives right in to the mass of emotions that 14-year-old Virginia deals with. The youngest of 3 children, one a BMOC at Columbia University, another in the Peace Corps, she feels lost within her family and a social outcast at school. She is a list person - one of the more disturbing is the list of Fat Girl Code of Conduct, one item of which is never asking a boy to acknowledge her in public. Her mom is an adolescent psychologist, but hardly interacts with Virginia except to comment on her weight. Once her brother falls from his pedestal, Virginia begins to re-evaluate her opinion of herself, her family and her possibilities. It is a believable, albeit quick, turn around when Virginia takes control of her own self. ( )
  CDWilson27 | Oct 30, 2018 |
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Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.

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