Secret Fruit of Peter Paddington (P. S. Series)by Brian Francis
Pub. Date: 08/02/2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Peter Paddington is your typical thirteen-year-old paperboy with a few exceptions. He's 204 pounds, at the mercy of an overactive imagination, and his only friend is a trash-talking beauty queen reject from across the street. As if that wasn't bad enough, Peter's nipples pop out one day and begin speaking to him, threatening to expose his private fantasies to an
Peter Paddington is your typical thirteen-year-old paperboy with a few exceptions. He's 204 pounds, at the mercy of an overactive imagination, and his only friend is a trash-talking beauty queen reject from across the street. As if that wasn't bad enough, Peter's nipples pop out one day and begin speaking to him, threatening to expose his private fantasies to an unkind world.
Peter knows that if he could just lose weight, develop a brand-new personality, and get rid of those pesky talking nipples, he'd be able to find the acceptance he desperately craves. But it isn't easy to change who you really are, and Peter, ready or not, is finally forced to confront his secret self. Hilarious and exquisitely touching, this is the funniest and most memorable novel you'll read all year.
This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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This book is slightly hard to read, I felt so embarrassed for poor Peter. He's naive, overweight, can't admit to his homosexuality, and is almost completely friendless. He keeps saying he has to lose weight before he starts high school, but that doesn't stop him from buying a couple candy bars every day. I think every one can see a little of their own loserdom in Peter. Despite what HM says, there IS resolution in the end. Peter grows up a little, and takes charge of his life. It ends on a hopeful note, without that horrible feeling of, 'well?? what happens??' While this wasn't the most incredible book ever, it was definitely a good (albeit painful) read. His 'night movies' are awesome.
Would recommend to those who are bored. This book kept my attention but that¿s about it. Peter Peddington is an overweight 14 year old with an over active imagination. Weighing in at 204 pounds Peter discovers that he has grown boobs and does not fit in with the rest of the kids in his class. Peter daydreams about fitting in and what conversations he would have with other people in his class. He also has disturbing ¿night movies¿ in which he fantasies about men in his neighborhood. This left me with the ¿what the¿ feeling and wondering if he might be gay. The book is funny to anyone who as ever been overweight because they can relate to some things like, shopping in the ¿big¿ section, your thighs rubbing together and other overweight dilemma¿s. The book is poorly written, has no plot line, at the end nothing has been resolved. But, it makes an excellent bathroom read.