I'm the fat Puerto Rican - Polish girl who doesn't feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I've always been too much and yet not enough.
Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn't always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn't gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she's large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar's life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home - cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.
When Sugar meets Even (not Evan - his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.
Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.
©2015 Deirdre Riordan Hall (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Beautiful, touching story from a point of view that we don't often get. I loved every minute of it. 5 stars and highly recommend. Make sure you bring out the tissues...
The story line hit home. She was a survivor. She took control of her destiny. If you love to see the underdog win this is the book for you.
Precious. Same type of emotional abuse and neglect. Same heroin different story line. The underdog is a champ.
The reader was so well read. She was able to switch between characters with such ease. I felt like a fly on the wall in the lives of the characters. At times she had me in tears as if I were there being witness to the cruelty or triumphs.
A must listen/read!!
loved it! didn't want it
to to end, but I couldn't put it down.
very enjoyable reader/performer and I will look for more books read by her. I feel I learned a great deal about Sugar ' s challenges.
This book is geared toward teens. Fat girl with low self-esteem comes into her own. A little smaltzy, but performed well. I think there are some kids who this book could really help. Having said that, it seemed that the author had more of an agenda (bullying) than a desire to tell a really good story.
Heart wrenching, hopeful, surreal.
I don't know of any I could compare it to.
When Sugar reads the letters from Even stating his love for her. My favorite and the scene that made me cry the most!
I laughed and I cried like a baby. Didn't want to finish it for fear of crying more, but I'm glad I did!
Such a wonderful story; Especially for young girls battling bullying or self image issues. I wish this book had been around when I was younger, It would've helped me through some of my own weight issues. Well written and spoken. Love this book!
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