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The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things Paperback – February 14, 2012
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Virginia is a blond-haired and overweight 15-year old who does not fit in with her over-achieving, athletic, slim, and brown-haired family. Virginia is not only an outsider at school, but an outsider at home as well. Like her mindless eating and magazine reading, she encourages the isolation as shield. If no one can notice her, no one can criticize or tease her about her weight. Virginia even dabbles in self-mutilation to deal with the pain she feels about being a fat girl in world where being thin is in.
Unlike other plus-size heroines, Virginia has a grasp of her sexuality and takes a firmer grasp of it as the novel progresses. Virginia makes out with her unofficial boyfriend, and enjoys it even when the size of her body makes her nervous. She also masturbates and is not ashamed feeling arousal towards boys. Mackler writes these scenes, there are a few but not too many, with careful wording. It is never vulgar or sappy. It is plain and unobtrusive.
A tragedy in Virginia's family forces her to take charge of her mental, physical, emotional, and social health. By the end of the novel, which I read in little over a day, you're feeling as energized and as unstoppable as Virginia.Read more ›
I've never related so well to a fictional character so vividly before. All those feelings of no self worth or confidence came flooding back to me, and it was very real to me.
Chapter one has Virginia lip locked with Froggy, a boy from school who has an hour to kill before his trombone lesson. They spend an hour in her bedroom kissing every Monday. When his hands start roaming, she pretty much sends him packing.
Being overweight, Virginia feels very uncomfortable with the idea of someone of the opposite sex seeing her body. She doesn't even look in the mirror, at least not yet.
I am not one to give much away in my reviews. I will tell you that you will laugh alot, most likely cry(i did), smile, and just love reading it. I am very happy I bought my own copy.
As Virginia's story progresses and the 'perfect' shell of a family shatters, she is transformed. I loved this 'coming of age story'....
After reading "Love and Other Four Letter Words," I anticipated Mackler's newest release "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things." I wasn't disappointed. Virginia is a fresh new personality (and body-type), in a sea of book characters who are tall, thin, and flat-chested. She appeals to girls who don't fit that mold. Her imperfections make her not only funny, but extremely relatable. Her boy troubles, best friend troubles, and eating disorder will teach girls of all ages to be happy inside their own skin. Whether that skin is thick or thin, black or white. A must have book to keep treasured for years to come.<...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As you can predict based on the title, the main character is a whiny, insecure, overweight girl who spends the entire book feeling sorry for herself and ashamed of her body. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Willow1190
I read this book for the first time when I was 14, just a year after it came out. I loved it then. I just re-read it 11 years later and it resonated with me on a whole new level. Read morePublished 8 months ago
I absolutely loved this book! It reminds me EXACTLY, to a T, of my own confidence struggles!! I honestly will love this book forever after today! I picked it up and couldn't stop! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sarah
this is my 2nd reading of this book. i first read it with now 16 yr old daughter and just read it again with my 13 yo. Read morePublished 8 months ago by deedee
I liked so me things in the book but on thing really got me; how Virginia was shaming Brie or whatever her name for be anorexic. Read morePublished 9 months ago by person
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 14 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 14 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 15 months ago by KHH1138