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Teenage Waistland Paperback – November 8, 2011
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We begin with Marci. Marci is sixteen and weighs two hundred and eighty-eight pounds. Once upon a time Marci loved her life, when she and her mom and dad were all together as a family, and she was looking forward to the Ivy League in her future. Unfortunately, her mother decided to leave Dad, and they ended up in New Jersey living in a McMansion where Marci inherited a young step-father and a `twit-orexic' stepsister - whose only goals in life are to make fun of Marci and work hard to hone her cheerleading skills. Marci's best friend Jennifer already went over the border to Mexico to get the Lap-Band surgery done on herself, and she's been losing weight like crazy ever since. She begs Marci to get the surgery done so that they can both go out and get those hot, hot guys.
Marci and her mother are sitting in the Midtown Sheridan on Park Avenue listening to his miracle-worker doctor talk about this fantastic surgery for teenagers.Read more ›
The story is told from the perspective of four teens that apply for, and are accepted into, a lap band surgery trial. As part of the trial, Marcie, East, Char, and Bobby (along with a few other minor characters) meet once a week for a group therapy session. They call their group Teenage Waistland.
Within each chapter, we get to know how it is each character ended up obese. The girls experienced painful loss and used food to deal with the aftermath. Bobby, a football player, while trying to live up to the expectations of his father, struggles with wanting to create a life beyond football.
The authors did a good job in bringing together characters that were incredibly relatable. From their back story, to the way in which each character reacted to the world reacting to them, they were very real. Marcie's sarcasm and distrust of people, East being withdrawn and shy, and Bobby wanting approval and to not upset his father gave them all a depth beyond being just people who ate too much and didn't exercise enough.
As well as being a story of teens coming to terms with their weight and doing something to change it, there was also very much an educational aspect to the story in the form of Betsy, the psychologist, who is the gatekeeper into the trial and also leads the group therapy sessions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Eating for comfort is just the tip of the iceberg for this group of obese teens. They've each qualified for a weight loss trial surgery - the Land-Band procedure is currently... Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by TeensReadToo
What teenager doesn't go through self image problems whether they are a few pounds overweight or obese? Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by Hannah
Teenage Waistland joins a group of several YA novels that have been released in recent years addressing the very serious problem of teen obesity. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by J.Prather
Teenage Waistland follows 4 teenagers as they go through the process of a clinical weight lost trial. Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by Yan
I could not put this book down! This is a compelling read about teenagers who are not immediately sympathetic -- they are high school outcasts who are morbidly obese. Read morePublished on November 29, 2010 by jehw