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Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have Hardcover – September 8, 2009
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Andrews character is very likable and realistic...and I suspect any teen (or adult for that matter) could relate to him even if they aren't overweight. Very few of us are completely happy with the way we look and most of us have dreamed at one point or another of being that person that everybody admires and envies.
The author gives great insight to what its like to be so self conscious of yourself that it rules your every thought and action. Things like "Will I even fit in that desk in my classroom?" Or "Will I ever have a girlfriend/boyfriend?" Sometimes the desperation kids feel to "fit in" makes them do things they normally wouldn't do...as Andrew soon finds out.
This is a funny, well written book that shines the light on what its like to be that overweight kid in school. A lot of people think its as easy as just watching what you eat or exercising, but really its a lot more than that as we find out in Andrews case. Heartwarming and inspirational without being overly sentimental (which might make boys avoid reading it) I highly recommend this book!
Since I have encountered over 300 book reviews on the Internet, on this title, I will limit my comments to just the things I enjoyed about this book and why I would recommend it to other youth/young adult library staff plus high school students:
1.Tender humor on a timely character. Andrew's, first person narrative, obese self-conscious sophomore in high school, of a divorced family household. Enough said. Totally relate-able to teen audience.
2.Lots of great memorable quotes:
"Nancy is oblivious. A girl who has the body mass of a Twinkie can't imagine not fitting into a chair" (p. 26.)
"Now Jessica knows a cheerleader. I am going to own the TiVo for the rest of my life" (p.193)
3.My favorite "scene" in the book: Andrew kicking the soccer ball, knocking over other students like bowling pins and then flying into the goal (pp. 49 - 52).
4.Screen writing opinion. Not sure if there are any book-to-movie offers in the works, but I would like to see this at the box office soon. Please consider the actor James Franco for the role of "O." It feels like the book's character mirrors his many of his memorable onscreen personas.
Looking forward to reading Mr. Zadoff's other books.
Reviewed links 2/17/10.
I loved Andy's voice, he is able to bring humor to every situation. I definitely find Andy relatable in the sense that I know what it's like to be uncomfortable in my skin or my clothes, Zadoff captures that frustration perfectly. Andy also has to deal with divorced parents and a younger sister that is much more popular than him (who I just love). The beauty of this story is he wants more for himself and goes out there and finds it.
The ending isn't what I had originally expected but it did feel right. I will point out though, that the ending was wrapped up much to quickly, leaving me with several questions and providing a transition that could have been a lot smoother in my opinion. But overall I great story! I can't wait to see what Zadoff comes up with next!
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If you enjoy Zadoff's writing, this book won't disappoint. I quite enjoyed it and am considering purchasing his other works.Published on March 30, 2014 by Spook
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I loved Zadoff's Food, Girls, & Other Things I Can't Have - winner of the 2010 Sid Fleischman award. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by Milw. Writer
I almost stopped after the first two lines in this story. I'm not a fan of books that open with, "My name is Andrew Zansky. I'm 15 years old and blah, blah, blah. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by Sherrie Petersen
This should be made into a movie that would be required by every teen and pre-teen.Published on May 4, 2010 by Michael Zadoff
The story in a nutshell: A fat teenage boy finds acceptance on the football field.
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