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@Read Epub ⚡ The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things ¸ Fifteen year old Virginia Shreves has a larger than average body and a plus size inferiority complex, especially when she compares herself to her slim, brilliant, picture perfect family But that s before a shocking phone call and a horrifying allegation about her rugby star brother changes everything With irreverent humor and surprising gravity, Carolyn Mackler creates an endearingly blunt heroine who speaks to every teen who struggles with family expectations, and proves that the most impressive achievement is to be true to yourself Okay, this book is 15 years old and I just read it now since I have an ARC of book 2 which comes out at the end of May I adored all of the body positive and sexual awareness stuff in this story, although I do have a few minor issues about how food is discussed I think if this book had been written in 2018 it would have been addressed a bit differently, but I respect that I m reading this 15 years late I m VERY interested in how book 2 is going to address the massive technology differences bet Okay, this book is 15 years old and I just read it now since I have an ARC of book 2 which comes out at the end of May I adored all of the body positive and sexual awareness stuff in this story, although I do have a few minor issues about how food is discussed I think if this book had been written in 2018 it would have been addressed a bit differently, but I respect that I m reading this 15 years late I m VERY interested in how book 2 is going to address the massive technology differences between when this book was written and now it makes sense that a 15 year old book will include outdated technology, but when the sequel is set in just the next year, but written 15 years laterwe shall see Is this in the historical fiction realm yet It just reminds me of how much tech dates books and how avoidances of technology references can help a book live past its publishing date so mucheasily I ll keep you posted I am not sure how I feel about this one I even slept on it before reviewing it On one hand, it is a good teen book Why, it s a Printz Honor On the other, why does every fat girl protagonist have to be so darn pathetic There must be some sort of checklist authors use for an overweight novel Fat Girl s best friend has moved away over the summer leaving Fat Girl all alone subsequently Fat Girl spends lunch eating Twinkies in some remote part of the school Fat Girl has a super skinny mom I am not sure how I feel about this one I even slept on it before reviewing it On one hand, it is a good teen book Why, it s a Printz Honor On the other, why does every fat girl protagonist have to be so darn pathetic There must be some sort of checklist authors use for an overweight novel Fat Girl s best friend has moved away over the summer leaving Fat Girl all alone subsequently Fat Girl spends lunch eating Twinkies in some remote part of the school Fat Girl has a super skinny mom with issues in fact, her whole family sucks Fat Girl s family is, however, rich which explains why Fat Girl has a disposable income for junk food The popular girls in school are bulimic that s probably why they are so mean they are awful hungry Fat Girl undergoes a physical transformation at the end and gets the guy Check Check Check Check Aaaaand Check All the stereotypes are aligned Oh look The Big Dipper.Although it is adult chick lit and not the YA genre The Earth falls into , I admired that author Jennifer Weiner keeping Cannie Shapiro Good In Bed heavy However, Cannie Shapiro was still pathetic chasing that no good exboyfriend around like a fool So for once, I d like to read a novel where the heavy weight heroine is just that a heroine Make her confident, make her well dressed, make her family normal, make her popular, make her someone who doesn t sleep on top of Frosted Flakes and cashews Just stop making her a sassy loser.Disclaimer I was not heavy teen nor am I heavy adult, so maybe I am totally full of crap and have no idea what I am talking about But I know Lorie will concur with my review This book is a TIME CAPSULE.I read this exclusively because I got an ARC of the sequel, which is inexplicably coming out this year Yes A sequel To this 2003 contemporary Which couldn t do a better job of capturing a bygone, offensive, outdated way of looking at weight if that were its goddamn purpose.For the most part, this is just a strange reading experience When I was in elementary school, I was obsessed with reading contemporaries well above the age I was supposed to be reading Mom, This book is a TIME CAPSULE.I read this exclusively because I got an ARC of the sequel, which is inexplicably coming out this year Yes A sequel To this 2003 contemporary Which couldn t do a better job of capturing a bygone, offensive, outdated way of looking at weight if that were its goddamn purpose.For the most part, this is just a strange reading experience When I was in elementary school, I was obsessed with reading contemporaries well above the age I was supposed to be reading Mom, what s a blowjob Me at age nine because of a contemporary I can t remember but which I do know had a girl swimming on the cover and 10th grade and up written in pencil in the margin of the title page It was really easy to access these books because I lived in a neighborhood with a library in it, and the library then had a very small, very limited young adult section It was pretty much all early to mid 2000s contemporaries like this one And since the whole thing was limited to a handful of shelves, I read almost all of them I didn t even like them, necessarily I read them disinterestedly, with detachment, as if I were a researcher studying slugs who correctly views slugs as being mildly disgusting.Also like slugs, these books were largely interchangeable Slugs all look the same, I think, and I will not confirm this because I refuse to look it up and therefore voluntarily regard a slug Reading this book was like being forced to reread a book nine or ten year old me read with the clear, clear eyes that a decade of character development has brought me.It was not a fun experience.Outside of that, even, there was a wildly outdated depiction of being overweight It is not impossible to be fat and healthy Any generalized stigmatization of fatness is an unfair one But in this book, fat is equated to bad Virginia s being fat and the only fat person in her family is such a demonstrably negative thing in this book that she hates herself, and believes that everyone in her family hates her, and thinks she s ugly and that everyone thinks she s ugly She thinks her best friend is embarrassed of her and tired of her She thinks her parents are ashamed of her.She turns to crash diets and over exercise and even self harm By the end of the book, she appears to suddenly love herself on the basis of an eyebrow piercing and a bathroom dye job, but none of the really damaging things in this book are confronted Including vitriolic, self hating lists of what fat girls are allowed to do in relationships and otherwise.It was 2003 A lot has changed since then But that doesn t mean I enjoyed reading it.Bottom line The sequel has a hell of a lot of damage repair to do in order to justify its existence Find all of my reviews at Here s an important message to all of the people who made this selection top the Banned Books List Do you actually think that by removing stories like these from school libraries that it will also magically eliminate any nastiness from ever occurring to your speshul snowflakes I mean, I understand that Virginia might not be everyone s idea of a great time, but silencing her won t keep the superbadawful stuff from ha Find all of my reviews at Here s an important message to all of the people who made this selection top the Banned Books List Do you actually think that by removing stories like these from school libraries that it will also magically eliminate any nastiness from ever occurring to your speshul snowflakes I mean, I understand that Virginia might not be everyone s idea of a great time, but silencing her won t keep the superbadawful stuff from happening.The good news is, I loved Virginia enough for at least 20 or 25 naysayers And I loved the messages contained in this little slice of awesome evenSure things got wrapped up in a tidier way than would happen in real life, but it s a YA book FFS What s the message supposed to be Everything is horrible and life sucks That s what the grit lit genre is for So what kind of things are within the pages of this little gem Well, I ll tell you But first, to all the helicopter parents out there The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things tells some straight up truths such asLosing your virginity is sloppy and painful and about as fun as getting your toe amputated, so it should definitely happen with someone you care aboutVirginia learns that maybe her brother didn t really deserve to be put up on a pedestal like she always thought when he gets kicked out of collegeAnd discovers that while she feels this wayI know what it s like to hate your body so much that you want to hurt itEven a person who she thought was perfect, might be hiding the truth about what they do to get there Most importantly, Virginia eventually comes to terms with the fact that this line of thinking is disgusting Because everyone deserves friendship and love no matter their size I loved watching Virginia find her voice and realize thatI think people can choose to be victims or they can choose to be empowered and to carry on That s what I want To be empoweredHighly recommended.And to any youngster who might be reading this review who can relate to Virginia Please remember