Fat Hoochie Prom Queen

Fat Hoochie Prom Queen

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by Nico Medina
     
 

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What does it take to be the queen?

Margarita "Madge" Diaz is fat, foxy, and fabulous. She loves herself, and is adored by almost everyone else...except queen bee/student-body president Bridget Benson. These two girls have a history that's uglier than a drag queen after last call. During a heated argument, they decide there's only one…  See more details below

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What does it take to be the queen?

Margarita "Madge" Diaz is fat, foxy, and fabulous. She loves herself, and is adored by almost everyone else...except queen bee/student-body president Bridget Benson. These two girls have a history that's uglier than a drag queen after last call. During a heated argument, they decide there's only one way to end their rivalry: be named prom queen and the other backs off -- for good.

Of course, everything looks different in the sober light of morning, but pride is at stake and the race is on. Madge is committed to doing whatever it takes to secure the title, but so is Bridget. And everyone's got something to hide.

Welcome to Winter Park High School, where the dirt's not just gonna fly...it's gonna go into freakin' orbit.

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Publishers Weekly

Large, loud Margarita truly hates student body president Bridget Benson, a stuck-up television star whom Madge was friends with when both were child actresses; so when Bridget challenges her to a contest to win prom queen, Madge tells her to "get ready to lose by a landslide." There's plenty of drinking and swearing, but some memorable moments, too, as the competition heats up: Bridget and Margarita face off in a strange event at a party thrown by a character called Redneck Randy— they water-ski behind a truck, trying to jump gracefully into a lake at the ramp's end. Medina sets the story at the same high school as his first novel, The Straight Road to Kylie, and Margarita even visits that book's protagonist at college, a trip which ends with her passed out drunk on a football field, next to a box of Krispy Kremes ("The first thing I tasted when I came to was glaze on my lips"). The last-minute revelations about Bridget, and the inevitable reconciliation, might be hard to swallow, but readers will get a kick out of Margarita and appreciate her growing honesty with herself. Ages 14—up. (May)

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KLIATT - Amanda MacGregor
High school senior Madge is an oddball. She does her own thing, without worrying too much about what her peers will think, and manages to be friendly with almost everyone in her class. She is loud and opinionated, dresses in her sister's one-of-a-kind creations, and loves her Puerto Rican curves. Madge is joined at the hip with Lucas, her gay best friend. At a party, Madge somehow ends up betting Bridget, the class queen bee, that she could beat her for prom queen. Bridget asserts that Madge is just a "fat novelty item" and that their peers don't really like her. Dredging up old wounds with Bridget, Madge launches a scheme to mess up Bridget's precious prom. The fight for the queen's crown gets nasty fast, and Madge is caught up in the mudslinging. Bridget suggests that Madge isn't "fit' to be the queen—as in she's overweight and unhealthy. While Madge desperately wants to retaliate, she realizes she is better than all of this drama. The excessive drinking and coarse language will turn some readers off, but others will be won over by the vibrant, over-the-top characters of Madge and Lucas. They are fearless and fabulous. Most importantly, they know who they really are. Neither lets the snide remarks about sexuality or body size bring them down. It is often hard to remember that the two are high school students, as the duo ride around in chauffeured cars, hang out at gay clubs, and generally go through their days unsupervised. But their main issues—dating, friendships, and petty dramas—are common to many teenagers. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
VOYA - Daisy Porter
Madge Diaz is a fat and fabulous high school senior with a mission - make sure that skinny, popular rival Bridget Benson does not become prom queen - no matter what. Madge and Bridget have been enemies since Bridget beat out Madge for a children's television role, and growing up has not stopped them from sniping at one another whenever they get the chance. Madge teams up with her best friend, Lucas, to bring down Bridget, first by running against her for prom queen and then by organizing a huge and lavish "anti-prom" party. The Bridget battle is set against a backdrop of Lucas's boy problems, Madge's mother problems (she will only prepare diet meals), and the discovery that perfect Bridget has some problems of her own. Blissfully the book does not end with Madge losing weight. She succeeds without ever having to apologize for her plus-size pants. The characters use alcohol, drugs, and the F-word with a frequency not unrealistic among high school students, but the realism might give some pause to more conservative communities. Gay culture is celebrated through out the book, and sex scenes, which are not graphic, happen mainly off-screen. Although the book's chaos is part of its charm, there are a few too many plot threads to track. For example, a story involving Madge's fashion-designer sister is dropped abruptly. Nevertheless this worthwhile purchase is a romp of a read that will fly off YA shelves. Reviewer: Daisy Porter

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416974895
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
293 KB
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Nico Medina is the author of The Straight Road to Kylie, Fat Hoochie Prom Queen, and Go Ahead, Ask Me. He works at a publishing house in New York City.

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Fat Hoochie Prom Queen 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Margarita Antonia Diaz is a big, beautiful, and proud Latina woman. Okay, she's still in high school, so maybe not a woman, but definitely more than a girl. Either way, this is Margarita's senior year, and everything is perfect! She has Lucas, her fabulously gay best friend; she has amazing clothes, thanks to her talented designer of an older sister; the cute boy seems to be noticing her; and really, no one can help but love Margarita.

Except maybe Bridget Benson. Bridget and Margarita were best friends when they were little kids. Both were child actors and Bridget got a part that Margarita wanted. They've hardly spoken since. Not that Margarita didn't try, but it's been a long time, and the hurt has turned into anger. Somehow, during a huge confrontation at a party, Bridget and Margarita end up daring each other to compete for Prom Queen. Suddenly senior year is looking much more dramatic.

Margarita gets sucked into competing for popularity, and more than loses her perspective. In fact, she's beginning to think she's losing herself. Though not in poundage, despite her mother's best efforts to irritate and prod and serve the blandest, most boring food ever! When her dad gets sick unexpectedly, Margarita's great year has officially collapsed. What else can go wrong? Sometimes it's better not to ask, but Margarita has way too much personality to not pull through, right?

I love Margarita! I want to hang out with her every day. She feels like a real person from the first paragraph. She has such a unique, strong, hilarious voice and point of view. I felt like I was listening to her talk, not reading a story.

I love this book! It is honest, and sweet, and evil, and hilarious! This is real high school, with drunken parties, swearing, gayness, cattiness, pettiness, crushes, frustration, and serious attitude. And, really, how can you not love the title?

I fully intend to go out and buy any other book I can find by Nico Medina. If you don't want to go that far, you should at least read this one. It's way too much fun to miss!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait this is going to be awesome so exciting want to read it like right now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Three curse words in THE FIRST PARAGRAPH?!
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The book had me laughing from the moment I saw it on the shelf. What a great title! I knew I had to pick it up and trust me, I wasn't disappointed. The characters felt like my friends and it was like I was back in high school for a while. I laughed, I cried, and I read it over again. Oh yeah, and I rooted for Margarita. High school is one gigantic drama and hotbed for issues. Once best friends become mortal enemies and then one day poof! become besties again. Not always the case, but stranger things have been known to happen. Nico Medina's characters are the best and worst of high school and written in a fresh manner that I couldn't put the book down. Although this is a follow-up story, I didn't feel I needed the first one to know what was going on. I plan to read the first one because I've found a new must read author. Margarita, for all her bluster, was my favorite character. She's flawed. She won't admit it, but she's not always the tower of strength and snappy comebacks she wants to be. But as seniors in high school, who is really that perfect? That's what I liked about her. She's unique-what you see is what you get. As she evolves in the story, you can't help but sympathize for her more, even if she gets what she wants most of the time. I love how things all came down to a competition to be the prom queen. Isn't it every girl's dream to be the queen? Maybe, but seeing how Magarita goes about it had me in stitches. If you want a book that's a look at high school and a whole lot of laughs and a few tears, then you need to read Fat Hoochie Prom Queen. I give this book 4.5 suns! Awesome job! Originally posted at: Aurora Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a friend that is a hoochie mama.