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Published by Candlewick Press on March 12th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Family, LGBT, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
Her sister was captured in Iraq, she’s the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat. Can a daring new girl in her life really change anything?
Angie is broken — by her can’t-be-bothered mother, by her high-school tormenters, and by being the only one who thinks her varsity-athlete-turned-war-hero sister is still alive. Hiding under a mountain of junk food hasn’t kept the pain (or the shouts of "crazy mad cow!") away. Having failed to kill herself — in front of a gym full of kids — she’s back at high school just trying to make it through each day. That is, until the arrival of KC Romance, the kind of girl who doesn’t exist in Dryfalls, Ohio. A girl who is one hundred and ninety-nine percent wow! A girl who never sees her as Fat Angie, and who knows too well that the package doesn’t always match what’s inside. With an offbeat sensibility, mean girls to rival a horror classic, and characters both outrageous and touching, this darkly comic anti-romantic romance will appeal to anyone who likes entertaining and meaningful fiction.
Angie’s life stopped spinning when she hears about her sister the soldier missing in action. Everyone tells her she’s gone, even her parents but she doesn’t believe that. She’s also nicknamed “Fat Angie” and it sticks. When she realizes she’s good at basketball, she gets help from her cute neighbour with the kind heart.
It wasn’t the best thing to have to read about Angie from a third person point of view. She calls herself Fat Angie. It was hard to have to demean herself to this horrible nickname. Her classmates were just so mean and rude and it made me so sad to read that’s what she goes through every day. Not only was her peers mean to her but her mother too. Oh it was a tossup between her mother and the popular girl. The things they said and the things they do astounded me. What makes this book so shocking is that bullying is normal for children these days. Out of all the characters, I liked her neighbour the best. Being sweet to her and never condescending, he stood up for her and she needed a friend. I did like the fact that this book also had a female and female relationship, so yay for more LGTB reads.
Fat Angie is an intense and realistic portrayal of bullying. Some scenes might be a bit graphic to read. I was never bored with this one and in its true form, it’s a story about a girl who battles with how she feels and to ultimately overcome what others say.