- Published: Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2003.
- Year Published: 2003
- Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
- Description: 246 p. ; 22 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 790
- 0763619582 :
- 9780763620912 (trade pbk.)
- Self-perception -- Fiction.
- Assertiveness (Psychology) -- Fiction.
- Family problems -- Fiction.
- Weight control -- Fiction.
- High schools -- Fiction.
- New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
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The earth, my butt, and other big, round things
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Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.
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Virginia's straight-talking, pessimistically honest tone brings readers right into her life and her problems. Though readers may not have experienced everything Virginia faces-- body image issues, loneliness, trouble relating to parents, etc.-- they will likely connect on some level. While providing a full character and driving story, Mackler also demonstrates how teens can healthily (and unhealthily) react to their issues. And even though the book covers serious subject matter, Virginia's wry voice brings a bit of levity without dismissing the importance of the challenges.
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