July 18, 2013

Fat Angie by E. E. Charlton-Trujillo

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 1:48 am by suebe2

Fat Angie
by E. E. Charlton-Trujillo
Candlewick Press

Angie can’t get over the fact that no one else believes that her sister might still be alive.  Yes, serving in Iraq is a risky thing but her sister is no quitter.  If only Angie herself had the same willpower, but she doesn’t.  She’s just Fat Angie, the girl that absolutely everyone picks on.  She can’t even connect with her therapist.

And then on day one of the popular jocks sticks up for her.  Angie isn’t sure what’s up — Jake has never been mean to her but he was always her sister’s friend.  They’ve never really even spoken to each other but all of a sudden he’s there, but so is someone else.

And it’s KC Romance who takes Angie’s breath away.  Its clear from the moment that she saunters into the gym that KC is someone and she isn’t taking crap from anyone — popular kids, jocks or teachers.  She is who she is and the world had better take notice.

I don’t want to say a whole lot about this book because I don’t want to give anything whatsoever away.  Suffice it to say that Angie isn’t a quitter either, it just takes her a while to find her courage.  When she does, she forces those around her to give pay attention.  It’s an eye opening experience for one and all even if some of them don’t like what they see.  In the end, Angie ends up with a friend (Jake), a girl friend (KC) and the space at home that she needs to be.

I love that this book deals with issues of sexuality without that being the be-all-and-end-all of the plot.  It is one of the many things that Angie is forced to sort out and something that wasn’t even on her radar when the story begins.

This is much much more a book about people being more than one you see on the surface.  The girl who looks like a total wreck has hidden reserves and just needs a team to help her believe in herself.  The girl who seems to have it all together is actually a bit broken inside and needs the strength of others to move forward.  And the popular jock who could fit in with anyone he wants may choose to hang with a mess and a trouble maker and in doing so help them to see that he too has lost something in this world.  No one’s life, after all, remains untouched by loss.

This one is a must read for so many reasons.



1 Comment »

  1. […] by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo (Candlewick Press).  I adore this book.  Adore.  Read my review here. Honors Books:  “Better Nate Than Ever,” written by Tim Federle (Simon & Schuster Books […]

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