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Publisher's Summary

Carolyn Mackler's Printz Honor book - starring the unforgettably funny, body-conscious Virginia Shreves - returns in this 15th anniversary edition featuring text updates and never-before-heard material from the author. 

Fifteen-year-old Virginia feels like a plus-sized black sheep in her family, especially next to her perfect big brother Byron. Not to mention her best friend has moved, leaving Virginia to navigate an awkward relationship with a boy alone. He might like her now...but she has her doubts about how he'll react if he ever looks under all her layers of clothes. 

In order to survive, Virginia decides to follow a "Fat Girl Code of Conduct", which works, until the unthinkable causes her family's facade to crumble. As her world spins out of orbit, she realizes that being true to herself might be the only way back. 

Told in a perfect blend of humor and heart, this acclaimed Printz Honor winner resonates as much today as it did when it first published, and now features a new author foreword, text updates, and other bonus content.

©2003, 2018 Carolyn Mackler (P)2018 Recorded Books

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I relate to this story 100%. I was overweight during my high school years and remember back to when my mom would take me shopping in the Macy's plus sized woman department for unflattering grandma clothes. It took years for me to feel comfortable in my own skin and truly learn to love myself. If I read this book when I was 15 I feel this story would have helped ke find self love much earlier on. The characters are realistic and the story is fun and insightful!