Big Girl Small
At times, the writing was so bad, I wondered how this could've gotten published without some serious revision. I get that the author was going for a conversational tone, as in Catcher, but close reading of Holden's angsty words reveal so much depth that I can teach that book over and over and learn something new every time.
Judy is no Holden. Her voice is interesting at first but then becomes repetitive. How many times do we have to hear that she considers herself "hot" and "cute ...more
Aside from not liking Judy AT ALL, I really hate books that feel obligated to describe what someone is wearing when it really makes no difference whatsoever. "I was wearing red tights, a denim skirt and a soft sweater." Who cares? Is Judy really into what she wears because she's a ...more
I think that summarizes Judy's central struggle throughout the book. As a sixteen-year-old dwarf, Judy gets treated differently by others because of who she is. While she's generally a smart and well-adjusted young woman, Judy naturally at times longs for lanky limbs and a normal life. She wants to be seen as ...more
In terms of narrative tone, it's like reading "Catcher in the Rye" all over again - which is a pain for anyone past their teenage-angst years. The main character, Judy, complains too much, believes in an nonexistant self-importance and hates the world for what she is.
There's no plot, per se. It's like 'listening' to a teenanger talking 100mph non-stop about bits and pieces. When you think she's getting to the end of somethi ...more
Judy is a dwarf (or little person or person of short stature, NOT a "midget.") She is a good writer and has a knock-out singing voice, so she was accepted to the elite performance arts high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her average-sized parents, who run a local restaurant, and her average-sized brothers love her very much. She also has several good fri ...more
I selected this book for Challenge #1 in the group "You'll Love This One ... A Book Club and More ..." The challenge was to choose a book entirely by its cover. This book came across my NPR newsfeed and the cover immediately jumped out at me. It reminded me of the (original) Wally Lamb book "She's Come Undone" . It also reminded me of the book . Apparently I have a "thing" for blue covers.
I selected the book and committed to it for the challeng ...more
I urge everyone to take this review with a large grain of salt: if I was 13 again I would pro ...more
I also found it really frustr ...more
I also really appreciated that, while there was an over-arching mystery (what's the scandal?!) to the story, it wasn't so oppressive that everything leading up to its reveal is an annoyance that you jus ...more
"True love is not a one time event" I would have hated hearing that as a teenager, but I think Judy learns that the feelings you have and the actions you take for "love" don't have to be dimini ...more
In most partss of the novel I felt as if the main character didnt feel sympathetic towards herself more than scared, lonely, or shy towards others. I liked this book because even when you are different aside from everyone else you can still be yourself. Rachel is a small girl that was born with dworfism. She doesnt have many friends except for the ones that everyone ...more
The book Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin, is an interesting, must-read realistic fiction story about a teenage girl who is trying to fit in with society. However, it’s not too easy for her because she is only about 4 feet tall. Judy Lohden is a sixteen year old girl who lives with her dad, mom, and younger brother Sam. They live in Ann Arbor Michigan, where her parents own a restaurant called The Grill. Judy is a smart and interesting girl who has a great voice for singing. This is one of the...more
Judy ist kleinwüchsig, doch sie hat sich damit abgefunden und lebt ihr Leben nun so gut es ihr möglich ist. Sie wagt sogar den großen Schritt, an eine Privatschule mit dem Schwerpunkt Kunst, Schauspiel und Gesang zu wechseln. Zu Beginn läuft alles super: Sie findet schnell eine beste Freundin, sie wird von den Lehrern gemocht und auch mit den neugierigen Blicken ihrer neuen Mitschüler kommt sie gut zurecht. Dann lernt sie Kyle kennen und verliebt sich sofort in ihn. Als er sie tatsächlich ...more