After a spectacularly disastrous Christmas break, when the scale reaches an all-time high, Rosemary realizes that things need to change. (A certain basketball player, Kyle Cox, might have something to do with it.)
So begins a powerful year of transformation and a journey toward self-discovery that surprisingly has little to do with the physical, and more to do with an honest look at how Rosemary feels about herself.
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I greatly enjoyed listening to this novel, both because the author wrote a warm, endearing story and because the reader did such an excellent job. Supplee managed to capture the heartache of teen obesity without being preachy or maudlin. Rosemary, the main character, was strong yet vulnerable, and I could empathize with her and the other characters. The sub-plot of her mother's cancer was also handled very well, and I genuinely LIKED all of the characters...even the prickly ones. Well done.
I hated for this to end. I hadn't realize it was actually young adult fiction when I chose it, but it didn't matter. It's a terrific story - Supplee has an amazing insight into teenaged girls. The narrator, Eve Bianco, is one of the best I've ever heard, hands down. Her southern accent is spot on. I couldn't tell if she is actually southern or not. An absolutely wonderful witty, engaging story.
I loved this story! The author got Rosemary's "voice" just right. Not too mature or childish. Just right.
Rosemary is a little over-weight. ok, a lot over-weight. She has endured one diet or another for as long as she can remember, to no avail. finally she decides to take matters into her own hands. First she tries diet pills. They help for a short time. But with the help of a dietician she realizes that this isn't the healthiest way. On top of this she finds out that her tough-as-nails Mom, has cancer. It's a lot to go through, and Rosemary has a lot of growing up to do.
This is a great book for teens and adults, and opens the door for some great conversations.
Little artichoke is lovable...she developed nicely and was a great listen...Great book for teens and adults alike
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