Big Girl Small: A Novel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 10, 2011 - Fiction - 294 pages
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Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old—sarcastic and vulnerable, talented and uncertain, full of big dreams for a big future. With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, she should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town?

The fact that the national media is on her trail after a controversy that might bring down the whole school could have something to do with it. And that scandal has something—but not everything—to do with the fact that Judy is three feet nine inches tall.

Rachel DeWoskin remembers everything about high school: the auditions (painful), the parents (hovering), the dissection projects (compelling), the friends (outcasts), the boys (crushable), and the girls (complicated), and she lays it all out with a wit and wistfulness that is half Holden Caulfield, half Lee Fiora, Prep’s ironic heroine. Big Girl Small is a scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and unwaveringly serious.

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User Review  - carebear10712 - LibraryThing

I'm trying to keep an open mind, but am apprehensively starting this. It's one of my Odyssey First Edition books, which I am part of [partly] to expose myself to books that I wouldn't usually pick up ... Read full review

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User Review  - horomnizon - LibraryThing

I found this an interesting read, although not really a 'good book'. Certainly a different topic - a little person at a performing arts school has something happen to her that drives her to run away ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Rachel DeWoskin is the author of Foreign Babes in Beijing, a memoir about her inadvertent notoriety as the star of a Chinese soap opera, and a novel, Repeat After Me. She lives in New York City and Beijing and is at work on her fourth book, Statutory.

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