The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

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Virginia struggles to find a place for her imperfect self in a perfect family. Though her beautiful parents and siblings seem to have everything going for them, Virginia hates her body, and can’t seem to keep up the trophy-winning, record-setting, or ladder-climbing tradition her family keeps. Between her mother’s constant criticism, her best friend’s move across the country, and her weirdly defined relationship with Froggy the fourth, Virginia’s world is in a constant state of tension. Somehow, she must find a way to accept herself, regardless of anyone else’s opinion.

I really liked this book. It was funny at times, heartbreaking at others, and incredibly relatable. If you’ve ever hated the way you look, or dealt with unreasonable parents, you will understand Virginia’s problems. I loved watching her change in perspective throughout the novel. Though Mackler’s book isn’t full of suspense, it’s definitely a good read that deals with some important issues. A great pick if you’re fan of realistic fiction, or need a break from fantasy/dystopia!

Rating: 4/5

*Printz Honor Book, 2004

*YALSA Top Ten Teen Fiction, 2004

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