"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” ”I think it means that everything’s connected. Or maybe that no single incident stands by itself.” It rings so true with me. The theme of the book basically goes like this: Some of us have made ourselves amenable for much of our life, trying so hard to become someone who we are not. Then, at some point in our life, an unexpected turn of event completely catches us off-guard, turning our world we once know upside-down and bringing us new aspect of life. Leaving the once-familiar path, we struggle to find the way to ourselves even it’s a slippery slope and it often means pain with capital P. Then in hindsight, we connect the dots and realize that it has been a big-time wake-up call all right.
However, with or without a life-changing event, you just grow to realize who you are and what you want, and then you find out that people you have known forever are not on the same page as you are. So you find ways to live with the discrepancy and move on. I genuinely enjoy the book and relate to the main character, Virginia Shreves, very well, despite my advanced age. I can't agree more with the doctor's saying that the weight issue is about feeling good about yourself. This is truly an excellent book and I would recommend to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.
I really liked this book. I try to read as much young adult fiction as I can so I can relate to what my students are reading. Much of what I read is too juvenile to hold my interest. What I want to read is to racy for young adult. This book filled the niche. I have a 10 year old daughter who will get to read this book in a couple of years. I want her to see that Virginia Shreves is great as the heroine of her own life and she is most definitely not perfect. Sweet, sweet read....Continua
A fun YA novel about a funny, strong teenage girl dealing with body issues.
It is now 3:30am (I started the book today as well, I guess yesterday) I just finished.There are so many great things about this book. I now understand why it is a Printz Honor Book.I was a little disappointed that it didn't get into eating disorders a little more, however, it was a very inspiring portrayal of a girl's response to body image issues. I wonder what else Caroly Mackler has written.Questions for Book Club:1. Do you think Virginia's family is having a healty impact on her? Why or why not?2. Can you relate to Virginia's situation? If so in what ways?3. How are Brie and Virginia a like?4. Have you rebeled against your family? friends? anyone? as Virginia does. How did you feel afterwards?5. Virginia feels as if she doesn't fit with her family? Have you ever felt this way? Describe.6. Overall, how did this book make you feel?...Continua