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Grade 7-10-Sophomore Virginia Shreves lives in Manhattan and attends a prestigious private school. She lives by her Fat Girl Code of Conduct. She has a budding romance with Froggy the Fourth, but she doesn't want his wandering hands to feel her fat. Her baggy clothing helps her to "hide." Her mother, Dr. Phyllis Shreves, is an adolescent psychologist obsessed with her imperfect daughter's weight, and her father is rarely around. Her older sister joined the Peace Corps to escape mom, and brother Byron is big man on the Columbia campus-until he's suspended for date rape. Finally, Virginia stands up to her mother and takes charge of her life. Strong points in the novel are the issue of date rape and its consequences and, however glossed over, eating disorders. Parental pressure is overdone. Mom and dad are stereotypical of adults so involved in themselves that they cannot see their child for who she is. Some passages are very well done, but the book has an uneven quality in prose style and character development. Told through first-person narrative, journal entries, and e-mail, Virginia's story will interest readers who are looking for one more book with teen angst, a bit of romance, and a kid who is a bit like them or their friends.
Gail Richmond, San Diego Unified Schools, CA
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Gr. 7-10. Fifteen-year-old Viriginia Shreves is the blond, round, average daughter in a family of dark-haired, thin superstars. Her best friend has moved away, and she's on the fringes at her private Manhattan school. She wants a boyfriend, but she settles for Froggy Welsh, who comes over on Mondays to grope her. The story follows Virginia as she tries to lose weight, struggles with her "imperfections," and deals with the knowledge that her idealized older brother has committed date rape. There's a lot going on here, and some important elements, such as Virginia's flirtation with self-mutilation, are passed over too quickly. But Mackler writes with such insight and humor (sometimes using strong language to make her point) that many readers will immediately identify with Virginia's longings as well as her fear and loathing. Her gradually evolving ability to stand up to her family is hard won and not always believable, but it provides a hopeful ending for those trying stand on their own two feet. Ilene Cooper
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It book embodied all the difficulties of an overweight teen girl. U can see all the different ways girls deal with the criticism of modern day society.Published 3 months ago by Serena Engle
Got this some years ago just because of the title and feel I was well rewarded -- exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for.Published 3 months ago by Earle Bowers
I thought this book had a lot going for it - a realistic depiction of parents not really listening to their kids or seeing them as individuals rather than possessions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by KHH1138
I just finished this and it was one of the best YA books I've ever read! If I were director/producer I'd look into making it a television. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paula Harvey
So often in novels, personalities are not developed and I put the book aside. Virginia grabbed me right away and I was in. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kathleen D.
A very easy and enjoyable read; a great choice for a health class assignment for a fiction title having to do with health issues.Published 9 months ago by Janet Van Huizen
I am Virginia Shreves. She's smart, has braces, a secret hook-up buddy, and a body that's considered too large by society standards. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Angie
Even though it's fiction I think that this book has the potential to change teenage lives all around the world since nowadays teenagers are so focused on how they look instead of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stanley Huang
Very good coming of age story. Deals with a lot of family dynamics that happen within teenage years. My daughter enjoyed reading this bookPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer