Winner of a 2014 Stonewall Book Award
Her sister was captured in Iraq, she’s the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat. Can a daring new girl in her life really change anything?
Angie is broken — by her can’t-be-bothered mother, by her high-school tormenters, and by being the only one who thinks her varsity-athlete-turned-war-hero sister is still alive. Hiding under a mountain of junk food hasn’t kept the pain (or the shouts of “crazy mad cow!”) away. Having failed to kill herself — in front of a gym full of kids — she’s back at high school just trying to make it through each day. That is, until the arrival of KC Romance, the kind of girl who doesn’t exist in Dryfalls, Ohio. A girl who is one hundred and ninety-nine percent wow! A girl who never sees her as Fat Angie, and who knows too well that the package doesn’t always match what’s inside. With an offbeat sensibility, mean girls to rival a horror classic, and characters both outrageous and touching, this darkly comic anti-romantic romance will appeal to anyone who likes entertaining and meaningful fiction.
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
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e. E. Charlton-Trujillo's Fat Angie captures the pain and isolation of a teen who is seen as different. After viewing the many groups who seem to float by one another rather than attempt to get to know one another, the bullying and sheer meanness some of the classmates Angie, the book's protagonist, has to deal with seems even farther from the life we hope teens would have. Frustrated, fearful, & fat, Angie is a freshman teen who is dealing with myriad issues, from her overbearing mother to her hateful brother, from the crowds of bullies at her school to her missing sister in Iraq. Being a teen who is not only different from her family members, but also from her peers make Angie's life unbearable. Angie tries to get through her days, hoping to hear news of her sister's being found alive. Only when a new girl, KC Romance, comes to town and befriends Angie, awakening romance and a desire to excel at something does the story truly lift off. Charlton-Trujillo has created two strong female characters in Angie and KC. Both have flaws that are rather heartbreaking, and a reader cannot help but care for each. As some other reviewers have noted, there are some parts that are a bit uneven, and seeing life only through Angie's eyes might have better served the story. Nevertheless, Fat Angie is a book that anyone who has faced bullying, is somehow different, or is dealing with some sort of grief could benefit from reading this book.
This is a good book for teens because it deals with a lot of life issues: bullying, growing up, sexual orientation, war, obesity, depression, cutting, suicide, parental neglect, death, family issues, basically everything that affects self-worth especially during the difficult time of the teen years. Sadly I didn't connect with it as much probably because I'm old.
I loved the book. Fat Angie is a book that i can relate to because I had body issues for years and experience bullying when I was younger. I suggest this book for those who struggle with weight problems.
Fat Angie has a rough start, and I had some issues connecting with Angie, but I overall liked this one. It reminds me so much that kids are mean, and how much bullying can really effect us all. It also shows the importance of family, because Angie was heart broken about her sister, and held out hope far longer than anyone else that she would be found. It also speaks to the powerful emotions and their total impact on someone, because when she thought her sister's body had been found, she tried to kill herself too. The coach really supported Angie and that was a bright spot for me in the beginning, especially when I still hadn't gotten a hang of Angie's voice. KC was also mysterious and I liked how she saw within Angie and didn't let the outside effect things. I also appreciated the growth of Angie's character and how she ultimately learned to do what she loved and how she stood up for herself and learned about her as well as those around her. Bottom Line: This is a touching book, with a narrator who grows and learns a lot.