The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things

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Candlewick Press, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 246 pages
24 Reviews
An overweight teen is sure that she’s the weakest link in her high-powered family - until her handsome, athletic, star-student brother has a shocking fall from grace.

Fifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex. She lives on the Web, snarfs junk food, and follows the "Fat Girl Code of Conduct." Her stuttering best friend has just moved to Walla Walla (of all places). Her new companion, Froggy Welsh the Fourth (real name), has just succeeded in getting his hand up her shirt, and she lives in fear that he’ll look underneath. Then there are the other Shreves: Mom, the successful psychologist and exercise fiend; Dad, a top executive who ogles thin women on TV; and older siblings Ana´s and rugby god Byron, both of them slim and brilliant. Delete Virginia, and the Shreves would be a picture-perfect family. Or so she’s convinced. And then a shocking phone call changes everything.

With irreverent humor, insight, and surprising gravity, Carolyn Mackler creates an endearingly blunt heroine whose story will speak to every teen who struggles with family expectations - and serve as a welcome reminder that the most impressive achievement is to be true to yourself.
 

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Review: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

User Review  - Janine - Goodreads

Teenager Virginia Shreves feels out of place in her family, mainly because they are stick thin and gorgeous, and she's, well, not. This YA novel was a fun read, especially because I think Mackler did ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

"The earth my butt and other big round things" Carolyn Mackler takes place in Virginia Shreves apartment on Monday, September 23 at 3:17 pm. Virginia and Froggy are 'getting to know each other ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
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Section 3
15
Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 9
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Section 10
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About the author (2003)

Carolyn Mackler is the author of the acclaimed young adult novel LOVE AND OTHER FOUR-LETTER WORDS, which was an American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications, including SEVENTEEN, GIRLS' LIFE, TEEN PEOPLE, and GLAMOUR. Of THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS, she says, "So many of us feel like we don’t quite fit in with the rest of the world, that we’re inferior to others in some way. But things happen. Bad things happen. And many of us end up learning the difficult but important lesson that the people we idolize may not be all they’re cracked up to be. And guess what? We’re not so bad after all!"

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