Wake Me Up When September Ends

Yay, RTW!  YA Highway asks:  What was the best book you read in September?

September was a slow everything month–reading included.  I could give some lame excuses, but it was probably just because the new fall TV shows have started airing and I am a lazy TV addict.

So, the best book I read this month was…

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

I adored Virginia Shreves and I especially adored Froggy Welsh the Fourth.  There was humor, romance, and plenty of angst.  Virginia is an overweight girl in a family of skinny overachievers.  She’s so different from them that she secretly thinks she was switched at birth.  Cue the Twinkie binge.

While I liked that Mackler didn’t seem to focus on skinny=the only way to be healthy, I tend to shy away from issue books were fatness is the issue.  Even though I really enjoyed this book, it felt like being fat was the main component of Virginia’s life.  Sure, she had other interests and felt pretty well-rounded (no pun intended), but her story was about being fat.  The end.  And I just wish that there were more overweight protagonists who didn’t revolve their lives around trying to lose weight.  The only reason that this fatness issue book didn’t rub me the wrong way entirely is that Mackler didn’t resolve the book with “And then she got skinny, got the boy, and all was well.”

What was the best book you read in September?


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  1. Meredith says:

    I haven’t read this one. But I’m with you—books with overweight protagonists where the MC does nothing but obsess over losing weight are kind of a turn-off for me.

    • Crystal says:

      Right? In fiction, it’s like overweight girls do nothing but obsess over themselves in front of a mirror or on a scale, and they can’t even begin to live their lives until they get skinny.

  2. Beck says:

    I need to read this. Great title… instant empathy. So many books, so little time. It’s great to read why someone else likes a book.

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