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Publisher's Summary

This irreverent, but touching tale is a 2004 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book by acclaimed author Carolyn Mackler. 15 year old Virginia Shreves is overweight and doesn't have many friends, but wants to be like her family: picture perfect. What she knows about her family, however, slowly begins to change after one tragic phone call.
©2003 Carolyn Macker; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.

Critic Reviews

"The heroine's transformation into someone who finds her own style and speaks her own mind is believable and worthy of applause." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Karen
  • Plano, TX, USA
  • 04-22-07

All about taking charge!

As a bigger person in a skinny world, I was interested by the title and wanted to see if my view was the same as "Ginny's".

The story progresses through some troubles, some decisions, and some changes that make this a wonderful story. It allows the reader to see the world from a different point of view from, possibly, his/her own.

This is a great story for 14 yo and up. There are some sexual situations and an adult situation regarding the main character's brother. However, overall the story is very much worth the time and the theme comes through loud and clear. I loved it!

KC

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  • Harold
  • Sunnyvale, CA, USA
  • 08-13-06

Boring Teen Angst

This story starts out funny and enjoyable. The preview makes it sound fun but don't be fooled. One third of the way through it the main character gets REALLY depressed and they talk about date rape and self mutilation lot.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathleen
  • Wayne, PA, United States
  • 03-24-12

Her brain is even bigger.

What made the experience of listening to The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things the most enjoyable?

Witty YA lit tale that deals with date rape, body image and first sexual encounters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things?

Anais' first kiss with Froggy, how she fell on and off her diet, her relationship with her faraway older sister.

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

Parker is very believable as a teen and as a listener you forget she is not Anais herself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this book over a few weeks while I had time in my car and it was very easy to pick up where I left off without a lot of memory jogging. A relaxed, undemanding story.

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This is an excellent book. Yes, the main character is a stereotypical archetype but she grows through the story

I kept hearing the readers saliva in their mouth. That's the only downside to the recording. Other than that it was great. A totally relatable character and a well understood plot and pleasant ending.

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this is book is my life

Love is this book my life is this book I love this book yay! lol

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I love this book

I've read this book around 20 times and now I've heard it around 10 times
The narrator is great and gets into it
Such a beautiful story