A hilarious debut featuring friendship, family, mean girls and even celebrity crushes, Celeste's story is a delicious treat that doesn't add a pound.
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Now, I have to admit, being a model sounds like a pretty cool job. Flying to all parts of the world to have my picture taken, hanging out with stars, never going to school, making lots and lots of money . . . that would be great. I imagined myself on a beach with Theo Christmas, posing for a Celeb Eye magazine cover shoot. “Closer,” the photographer would direct. “Theo, pull her closer.” I’d rest my head against his chest and smile hugely for the camera.
And then my imagination showed me nestling with him in my polka-dot one-piece, the one with the “modesty skirt” Grandma got me to hide what she calls my “peasant” shape. Modeling might be fun, or a great opportunity, but being the face of a clothing line for chunky girls was not the type of modeling that would generate seaside celebrity photo sessions. Excessive junior high teasing? Probably. Snuggles with Theo Christmas? No way. Also, husky or not, models don’t eat chocolate cookies.
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Dionne, Erin, date.
Models don’t eat chocolate cookies / by Erin Dionne.
Summary: Overweight thirteen-year-old Celeste begins a campaign to lose weight in order to make sure she does not win the Miss HuskyPeach modeling challenge, which her mother and aunt have entered her in—against her wishes.
eISBN : 978-1-101-01484-4
[1. Overweight persons—Fiction. 2. Weight control—Fiction. 3. Models (Persons)—Fiction. 4. Friendship—Fiction. 5. Self-esteem—Fiction. 6. Schools—Fiction.] I. Title. II. Title: Models do not eat chocolate cookies.
For Frank, with all my love.
You were right.
“NO WAY,” I hissed through the slatted dressing room door. “I am not coming out.”
“Honey, I have to see how it fits,” Mom said. “Let me look.”
I dropped my forehead against the beige cubicle wall. I’d have to give in eventually, but I wasn’t opening up until my cousin was back in the clothing cubby next to me.
“Oh, angel! It’s just bee-yoo-ti-ful on you. Isn’t she a sight, Noelle?” Aunt Doreen’s nasal whine came over the top of my dressing room door like arrows over a castle wall. Of course the dress was “bee-yoo-ti-ful” on Kirsten. What wasn’t? She was tall, blond, athletic, and one of the nicest people I knew. She also shared my celebrity crush on singer Theo Christmas. We both fell in love with him when her older sister took us to see him in concert last summer. I swear, he was singing to me the whole time. (She disagrees.)
“Does it look okay from the back?” Kirsten asked. I imagined her pirouetting in front of the three-way mirror at the end of the row, hair twirling like a shampoo commercial, evenly tanned skin standing out against the back of the dress, pastel lace and fabric hugging her in all the right places. I chose the only dressing room without a mirror on purpose.
“It’s lovely,” my mother offered, her voice tight. “Will you come out?” she stage-whispered through the dressing room door. “This is ridiculous.”
“Where’s Celeste?” Aunt Doreen said. “I haven’t seen her yet. Celeste, do you need help in there?”
I cringed. “No, Auntie, I’m fine,” I called. “Just, uh, almost ready. One more minute.” I tugged at the dress, hoping for the magical yank that would straighten seams, smooth wrinkles, or snap it into the right proportion. Sometimes you don’t need a mirror to know when things are very wrong.
“Kirsten, turn around again. I think it needs hemming, don’t you?” Aunt Doreen said. “Let’s get that seamstress in here.” Then, louder, directed at me, “Okay, Celeste, we’re waiting.”
Ready or not, here I come, I thought. Sliding the door’s bolt back, I hiked up the skirt and stepped into the dressing room corridor, head high. Maybe it wasn’t as bad as it felt.
Aunt Doreen gasped, then covered her mouth as if to trap what might follow. I let the dress sag to the floor.
“It’s . . . Oh, honey,” Mom tried. “It needs some alterations.”
I could imagine.
“Some?” said Aunt Doreen, biting the word like a potato chip. “What size did you order?”
I hung my head, trying to dampen the zing of her words, trying not to hear Mom explaining that we needed to order an adult size because the youth sizes weren’t cut for me. Besides, Mom said, a seamstress could fix it so the dress would “fall right,” whatever that meant.
“Wait!” barked a short white-haired woman with a tape measure around her neck and a handful of pins. She stood in the doorway between the dressing rooms and the rest of Angelique’s Bridal Boutique. “Don’t move or you’ll tear the lace!” When she said it, though, “move” came out like “moof” and “the” sounded like “ze.” I stayed put. Besides, where could I go in a falling-wrong dress?
“Zis needs several substantial alterations,” she said, gesturing in my direction with her chin. “When is the wedding?”
“Nine weeks,” Mom said, tearing her eyes away from me and turning to the seamstress. “Can it be fixed in time?”
Straight out of a soap opera, I thought. I’m in critical condition. I stared at my feet, lost in a puddle of apricot satin. Usually I avoided this type of situation—comfort was more important to me than fashion. Comfort meant clothes that didn’t pull, ride up, or show off too much. Comfort was soft, cozy, and worn; not lacy, satiny, or peachy. A movement caught my eye. Kirsten, the Barbie Bridesmaid, was slipping into her dressing room. She raised her perfectly shaped eyebrows in an expression of sympathy before closing the door.
A bony hand pushed against the small of my back, and the seamstress ushered me to the carpet-covered platform in front of the three-way mirror Kirsten had just vacated. I hoisted myself up and thought, I hate Kathleen.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. Celeste, the main character, is pretty much a typical teen - she goes to junior high, she has a best friend, Sandra, and she does good in school. She has one problem: her weight. Nasty Lively is constantly teasing and taunting her about her size, and won't leave Celeste alone. Celeste tries to forget about Lively...by eating chocolate cookies. And when her mom and aunt enroll her in a HuskyPeach modeling competetion, she's less than thrilled. Despite mean weight comments, nearly losing Sandra to Lively, and Lively herself, the Huskypeach pageant actually turns out to be a wondeful thing for Celeste. I don't want to give away the rest so...I liked this book a lot. I suggest it to any girl. I hope the author continues to write!!
No matter if your skinny or overweight you are still beautiful. This book is amazing. A must read.
This book was sooooo awesome! Celeste learns how to be happy with herself and has great friends. I've read it 3x and plan to read it more.
Celeste has always been called the Fat Girl, not only by the popular Lively and her antlike friends, but everyone knows she isn't the skinniest girl in the world. Celeste's best friend, Saundra, helped her get out of every bad situation, but now Saundra's gone to the other side; with the popular, pretty, matching-outfits crowd. What's more, Celeste's aunt enters her in the HuskyPeach pageant, a clothing company for plus-sized girls. Celeste is too afraid to back down but what will they call her at school now? There were many things that sounded appealing to Celeste about modeling, but models don't eat chocolate cookies.
Unique and splendid, this book catches the teenage girl audiences in more ways than one. The writing was simple and told only what needed to be mentioned. Each character's personality was intriguing and added more appeal to the story. There were parts that I didn't favor, due to Celeste's new found confidence. The story was interesting and explored the insecurities that most girls deal with, both teenage and preteen. I was expecting Celeste to find out that she was beautiful just the way she was but she had to lose weight to feel good about herself. Every way the story went, it was still a good book.
This book is PERFECT for girls who have low stantards of themselves or aleays want to be perfect. DEFINITELY buy this book!!!!!
This is such an awesome book. Id reccomend it to girls who are 10-16 years old. I love it!!! You should definately get it! :)
This book was wonderful. It ws one of the best books i read. It has very good vocabulary. It makes you think about your own life. I reccomend this book to people in the age thouugh 11 to 16
After reading this book, i realized nobody is perfect and its better to be yourself then to be a follower. Poor Celeste is dumped by her best friend, but at least she has a poster of the gorgeous Theo Christmas on her wall. Celeste talks to Theo, Red Bathing Suit Woman, Millie, and Katy and gets help, answers and the truth. They find out not even Miss Matchy Match Lively isnt perfect when something water filled explodes in her shirt. i said, TAKE THAT LIVELY YOU BRAT! i hope you enjoy this book as much as i, a twelve year old did!
This isn't my favorite book , but and must read for 12 year olds. This teaches kids that even if you want to be a model and your bigger things can come true just don't give up!!!!!! =D ♥
This book made me laugh and smile. I love celestes character. This is a great book for teens. A great read.
I love this book its awesome!!!!!!!
I love this book it is so funny and with a lot of drama to
You understand the book by reading it. It is a good book
As much as this book was amazing i think i kind of like LOVe chocolate....defenitely never gonna be a model
This book is really good and funny! Definetly a "must read"!!!!!!
I love this book.
OMG! THIS BOOK IS SOOO GOOD! U MUST READ IT!
I ate a cookie while reading this book!!
I absolutely LOVE this book! I recommend it to anyone.
Models don't eat chocolate cookies by Erin Dionne This is what I think the author's purpose for writing this book is. I believe that one of the purposes it to try and get chubbier girls to understand that they are pretty even when there bigger that some of the other girls. Erin Dionne is trying to say we need to be happy with the body that we are given, we need to make wise choices so that our body last a long time, also we need to be doing less surgeries on ourselves and just be happy with who we are. One of the things that the main character is being forced to do is be in a husky peach modeling competition, and she absolutely doesn't want to do it at all. I think the author is trying to show us that in life we don't always get to do what we want and that life isn't always fair to us. We just need to deal with it and move on sometimes. I think that this book also teaches that if you friend goes and sits at another table at lunch for one or two day doesn't mean that they don't want to be your friend anymore, they probably just wanted to have change for a couple of days or so that's all. Also this book talks about how she tried a diet drink that peels the weight right off and almost makes the poor girl throw up. What the author is trying to say is that you may want to talk with an adult before you try and make your self a diet drink that just doesn't look to right.
Celeste Harris loves to eat chocolate cookies. But she hates being called a cow by teen mean queen Lively, that she looks like a watermelon in the Peach Monstrosity of a bridesmaid¿s dress she has to wear for her cousin¿s wedding, and that her Aunt signed her up to model in the Miss Husky Peach pageant for plus-sized girls. Is it time to "just say no" to junk food?Let me say right off the bat that I loved Celeste. She completely charmed me with her matter-of-fact voice and her sweet personality. She¿s an underdog, but not a complete social outcast and her road to self acceptance is filled with the kind of middle school drama that¿s completely relatable.I was also impressed by the way debut author Erin Dionne handled the sensitive issue of weight loss. Celeste knows that she¿s chubby and she is hurt by her classmates¿ taunting, but dieting is not really on her radar. A diet ad with a bikini clad woman gives her the idea to try to lose the Husky Peach modeling gig by losing weight so they won¿t want her anymore. The desire to eat healthier starts with her and at her friend¿s gentle urging, she also becomes more physically active. It all comes off as totally natural and that is quite a feat.There are many laugh-out-loud scenes ¿ the diet drink fiasco being a particular favorite of mine ¿ and I just had so much fun reading this.
Models Don¿t Eat Chocolate CookieBy Erin Dionne4 out of 5 starsCeleste has always been called the Fat Girl, not only by the popular Lively and her antlike friends, but everyone knows she isn't the skinniest girl in the world. Celeste's best friend, Saundra, helped her get out of every bad situation, but now Saundra's gone to the other side; with the popular, pretty, matching-outfits crowd. What's more, Celeste's aunt enters her in the HuskyPeach pageant, a clothing company for plus-sized girls. Celeste is too afraid to back down but what will they call her at school now? There were many things that sounded appealing to Celeste about modeling, but models don't eat chocolate cookies.Unique and splendid, this book catches the teenage girl audiences in more ways than one. The writing was simple and told only what needed to be mentioned. Each character's personality was intriguing and added more appeal to the story. There were parts that I didn't favor, due to Celeste's new found confidence. The story was interesting and explored the insecurities that most girls deal with, both teenage and preteen. I was expecting Celeste to find out that she was beautiful just the way she was but she had to lose weight to feel good about herself. Every way the story went, it was still a good book.
Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies is the story of thirteen-year-old Celeste, a girl who loves food, comfortable clothing, and flying under the radar. She always feels inadequate when compared to her skinny cousins, but when her aunt enters her in the Miss HuskyPeach Modeling Challenge without Celeste's knowledge, Celeste realizes that there's only one way she can get out of being a "fat model": by getting skinny.Celeste launches what she calls "Operation Skinny Celeste", and this is where the book *could* have gone all wrong (ie. eating disorder) or delved into being one of those "you're just fine the way you are" preachy kind of novels. I kept waiting for the inevitable eating disorder or moralizing mom, but instead... we get a middle ground that sets a wonderful example for young girls.In her attempts to become "skinny", Celeste doesn't obsess over food or refuse to eat -- instead, she decides to make healthy food choices, exercise regularly, and only eat junk food on occasion. It's not easy for her, but that's reality. In truth, I would have liked to see more of her struggle with balance, but in a book for tweens, I think it makes sense that the food issue was only half the story. The other half of the story had to do with Celeste's confidence, that grew as she participated in the Modeling Challenge even though she didn't want to and was attempting to sabotage her chances of winning. We learn about families helping each other out -- and annoying each other -- parental expectations both good and bad, and standing up for yourself when bullied (though I will say that I don't think the bully situation was handled as well as it could have been... Celeste comes off as a bit of a bully herself when she deals with it, which is too bad).In the end, I was rather surprised by this book, and in a good way. It seems to teach "everything in moderation" and "being healthy is good". It wasn't the best book in the world in terms of storyline, but it's something I'd buy and hand to a 9-12 year old girl as a good example of being healthy both inside and out.
What is refreshing to see is that Celeste does not resort to the unhealthy ways of losing weight. She actually strives to cut back on her snacks - though it pains her - and eat healthier things. Slowly Celeste starts to see some positive results - she may not have the killer bod, but she does not have to worry about ripping the seams when she tries on clothes.On the other hand, Celeste also experiences the magic of pageants. Sure, there are those crazy mothers who go over the top to ensure that their daughters win. However, Celeste gets to meet the down-to-earth girls who are her size and one amazing stylist who does wonders with the makeup brush. She meets a plus-size model who seems real and also extremely beautiful. And so Celeste actually starts to see that she too can - and very well may be - beautiful just the way she is.I really enjoyed this book, even though it is obviously geared towards a younger audience. Celeste had a great voice and you cannot help but cheer for her. I had fun watching as she grew more comfortable and confident in her skin.
Models Don't eat chocolate cookies was a pretty good book about this girl who liked to eat food that wasn't good for her, like twinkies and chocolate cookies. When her gym teacher gives her a chart to keep track of what she eats and her Mom wants her to join a pageant, she realizes how unhealthy she has been eating,a nd how she can improve it. Her first disastarous try was when she saw a recipe for a nutritious energy drink and had to replace it with some things because she didn't have them. Models Don't Eat Chocolate cookies is a hilarious story about a girl who realizes what it means to be herself.