Virginia feels like a fat, awkward outsider in her perfect family, especially next to her golden-boy big brother Byron. Not only that, but her best friend has moved away, the mean girls at school treat her like used chewing gum and there seems to be a boy who actually likes her – though she’d bet that he wouldn’t if he ever looked under all her layers of clothes.
To handle the pressure she develops the Fat Girl Code of Conduct, which seems to be working until something unthinkable happens and Virginia’s flawless family begins to disintegrate. As her world spins out of orbit, Virginia realises that breaking her own rules might be the only way back.
Award-winning author Carolyn Mackler updates her hilarious and heartbreaking novel for a new generation
Carolyn Mackler is the acclaimed author of the YA novels The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book), Infinite in Between, Tangled, The Future of Us, Vegan Virgin Valentine, Guyaholic, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words, and the middle grade novel, Best Friend Next Door. Carolyn’s award-winning books have appeared on bestseller lists and been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Her much-anticipated sequel to The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, entitled The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I, comes out in May 2018.
Carolyn lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
This book is a must read for any teen! It touches on so many subjects so I felt myself really relating to Virginia and her life….. well apart from her living in NYC…. and in a pent house!
It has a fun factor as well as dealing with real life events. School, friendship, boyfriends, even parents…..which I thought they are awesome to start with but then I realised that they spoke down to her, made her feel small and not I the “family” and they always seemed to leave her at the weekends!! It’s like she was unwanted baggage 😲
I really liked how Virginia comes out of her shell as the story goes on, she finds courage to stand up to those that put her down and by the end I was fist pumping the air!!