I’m the fat Puerto Rican–Polish girl who doesn’t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve always been too much and yet not enough.
Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.
When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.
Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.
About the Author
During her teens, Deirdre Riordan Hall traveled throughout the United States and Europe, developing a love for stories and a desire to connect with worlds—imagined or real—on the page. She has written To the Sea, Surfaced, and the Follow Your Bliss series. When not spending time with her family, writing, or traveling, Hall is at the beach, pretending to be a mermaid.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Even though I'm beyond the Young Adult Fiction category in which this book falls, IT WAS SUCH A GOOD READ!!
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Amazon Children's Publishing and NetGalley.) “I march into the kitchen and pop a couple of the double-chocolate cupcakes into my mouth. I snap off a pudding cup from the pack in the fridge. I peel away the top. After three spoonfuls, I scrape the bottom of the plastic cup. I go for another and another. Before I realise it, I’ve eaten the entire six-pack.” This was quite a shocking story about an overweight girl and her life. “You’re one little piggy. Inhaling your food again?” I felt really sorry for Sugar in this story, she was bullied relentlessly, and not just by kids at school, but by her own mother and brother! Both of them behaved absolutely disgustingly, and her brother ‘Skunk’ deserved to go to jail for the things he did in this book. “Look what you did fatty.” The storyline in this was about Sugar’s life, and the bullying she went through, and her thougts and feelings towards food. I have to say that not only was the bullying shocking, but so were Sugar’s eating habits, partly because they really reminded me of my own eating habits. So not good! “I plow through my Twinkie stash and, before I know it, I hardly remember what they tasted like.” We did get a bit of romance, and I thought Sugar and Even were pretty sweet together. “You’re a beautiful person, Shoog. Don’t let anyone, not even the people you think you’re supposed to trust, tell you different.” There was a very sad twist in this story that was quite upsetting, it totally changed the direction the story was heading in, as well as poor Sugar’s life. 7 out of 10