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Ryan is not obsessing....

But she does want to lose weight. Ever since she was outted as a "fat girl" at chearleading camp in fifth grade, Ryan's been on a mission to shed more than a few pounds.

Lately she's also on the hunt for a new relationship. Now that her ex- boyfriend is a rock star - currently posing on the cover of Rolling Stone - Ryan seriously needs to move on
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Paperback, 271 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Simon Pulse
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Karin
Feb 22, 2008 Karin rated it really liked it
It's like the author, Jo Edwards, lived inside my head during my high school years. The main character, Ryan, is so believable and authentic. As a person who had to deal with not being the thinnest person in her circle of friends, I can say that the thoughts and emotions of Ryan were right on.



Ryan Burke is overweight. She completely understands that she is too heavy, but like so many other "chubby" people out there, it is very difficult for her to do anything about it. Diets never last, exercise
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DayZee
Apr 28, 2014 DayZee rated it liked it
While a good, easy read, I found myself enjoying the side characters more than the main character. I understand that being heavy takes a mental toll as well as a physical one but I was turned off by the way her weight was driven into me throughout the entire book. The blurb for the book states that she's popular, funny and a talented photographer but it never really seemed to dwell on those positive characteristics nor did it really feel as if she was actually making "the most of senior year." I ...more
Jada
Sep 21, 2009 Jada rated it it was amazing
This book was Great!
Shelby
Jan 31, 2009 Shelby rated it liked it
very very good
Sarah
Feb 04, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
I could really relate to Ryan (a girl with a boy's name) and all the things she felt and thought about her weight, but nothing much else happened in the book. Pretty much the entire thing consisted of her talking about how she felt about being fat and how it affected her life, which *I* found interesting but I don't think many others would. And the whole thing with Chelsea was a bit annoying because I could tell from her first email that she had gotten skinny and wasn't telling Ryan about it but ...more
Navi
While one day I'll write a full review of this book, I figure I'll give some of my thoughts now.

This applies to all books dealing with teenage weight issues. You don't need to keep rubbing in the fact that they are/think they are fat/bigger. It's ridiculous, and this entire book does not shut up about her weight.

It made her a one-dimensional character that became so boring that I found myself skimming the book. The surrounding characters had a lot of potential, but BECAUSE of the focus on Ryan's
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Maziel
Dec 30, 2009 Maziel rated it really liked it
This book was about a girl named Ryan who is very consistant on her weight. She believes that she cant over come her dreams just because of her weight which she thinks is pulling her down. She dated Noah Fairbanks who used to be her boyfriend until he became a famous singer and he felt like they needed to break up. Ryan was a sperm baby which means her mother didnt have any relationships with a guy instead she went to the sperm donation bank and thats how Ryan and Mike(brother) were born. As sh ...more
Brandi
Oct 26, 2011 Brandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Ryan has always been a "big girl". When she was ten she was called out by an instructor at cheer camp as fat. Everything has been downhill since. Ryan's one claim to fame is that her high school ex-boyfriend Noah has recently graced the cover of Rolling Stones magazine. Other than that her life pretty much sucks according to her. She has her mom who doesn't need a man (that's what sperm banks are for), her brother who had leukemia and is now a pot head, two best friends (one is a "big girl" lik ...more
Becky
Jul 30, 2012 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Ryan has a lot of things going on. Her ex-boyfriend just made the cover of Rolling Stone and is all most people can talk to her about. Her family (brother, mom, grandfather) are a bit of an embarrassment. Her sperm donor father is a mystery to her. Her best friend is in California and seems to have cut her out of her life. She just got a great opportunity to be in a special weekend photography class taught by one of her heroes (and the boy next door is in the class, too). She's overwhelmed with ...more
Corra Hunter
Nov 05, 2011 Corra Hunter added it
Recommends it for: Any teen who is looking for a good, soild read!
Recommended to Corra by: NO ONE!
The book Go Figure is a 'Teen-Drama'. I liked this book because it covered a lot of problems, drama and relationships that teens go through. I thought it was funny, cute and romantic. At the end I kept saying that I wishit was my life. It takes place in Atlanta(Hotlant) and the main character is a firl named Ryan Burke. When she thought her name couldn't get much worse on the first day of school in first period when her teahcer was taking role, said Ryan Burke? And spent 2 minutes looking for a ...more
Andrea thebusybibliophile
Ryan is on the heavy side, and that’s always been a problem for her. Not for anybody else, mind you, just her. She has an ex-boyfriend who liked her just the way she is. Of course, he’s now a famous rock star, and nobody will let her forget that. Her best friend (also on the heavier side) is away until the new school year, but Ryan’s excited to spend her summer at a super-exclusive photography workshop at the local college.

Ryan was obsessed with her weight. To her, everything in her life came do
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Maura
Apr 02, 2009 Maura rated it liked it
I read Go Figure by Jo Edwards which is a fictional story about life right now. The main character Ryan is overweight and it makes her very self-conscious of everything. She blames all of her problems on her weight and she thinks that if she were thinner and prettier, she would be happier and that she would never get rejected by a boy. I thought the book made sense with the fact that several people struggle with their weight today. But I didn’t think it was written very well. The author didn’t ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by coollibrarianchick for TeensReadToo.com

Sometimes we need to read chick lit. Chick lit books are so much fun to read. Especially the ones where the girl goes from ugly duckling to swan metaphorically or meets Prince Charming after round after round of bad luck with other men. Pair a read like that with a lounge chair and a pool and your day is made. If you are looking for good chick lit, you should try Jo Edwards. She writes chick lit for both teens and adults.

I just finished her new
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Amy
Jul 17, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok
I read this book pretty quickly but I'm still not sure how I feel about it. It's well written and the main character is likable enough but I just can't say it was a good read. Ryan is an overweight girl who is currently in therapy and on meds to help her figure out why and how she uses her weight as a crutch. She also has this ex who is now famous and on the cover of a magazine. The new romantic interest could have been sweet to read about...but by the end of the book and after reading page afte ...more
Liliana
Apr 06, 2013 Liliana rated it really liked it
I have to say I did enjoyed this book I finish it very quickly. I initially started reading it because I thought it was a romance which is mostly what I read but its not really a romance even though is does have some just in the last few chapters that's not what the book is about. The book centers around Ryan she's overweight high schooler and trough the book she struggles with it and discover who she is and what she wants in life. I do recommend this book is a fast and easy read I think you wou ...more
Cynthia
Sep 22, 2009 Cynthia rated it it was ok
I picked this up at the library and thought it might be good to read a narrative fiction book on the topic of teens/ tweens and body image, but it wasn't that great. There are all the required "characters" in the usual YA book, and the plot is mild and predictable. The voice is great, but over tells and over explains to the extent that I was wondering if they were going for a certain page... I don't think it deals well with body issues either. The narrator is paralyzed to do anything except hate ...more
Katy
Apr 05, 2008 Katy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Girls
This book was fantastic in that it had a great romance story, friendship story, and I could relate to how the main character felt about her weight. What I didn't like about the story was how she goes on and on and on about how her weight makes her uncomfortable. I could understand her, but after a while, I was just skipping over those pages. It made her a little less interesting.
Sara Stalder
Oct 17, 2012 Sara Stalder rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book because I can relate a little bit, being a bigger girl. Although, I wasn't a huge fan of the main character; she was often really annoying at times. I was intrigued to find out what happened to her though, and how things would turn out. Not a very exciting or crazy twist-filled plot, but not horrible either.
Parker Weldon
Jul 07, 2012 Parker Weldon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
This book is one of my all time favorites! Some chapters are inspiring to "overweight" people and "Skinny" people. Great for people 12 and up. If you are looking for a book, READ THIS! My only negative comment is that Ryan is always obsessing over her weight.
Michelle Chase
Jul 30, 2011 Michelle Chase rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books I have EVER read! It was soooo cute, and I could definitely relate to how Ryan felt throughout the book. It totally changed my way of thinking about things, and looking at life. DEFINITELY A MUST READ!!!
Melody
Nov 17, 2009 Melody rated it did not like it
I quit reading this book. For being a girl of about 15 she talked of being sexually active and the swearing was more than it should be for a "teen" book. The description had such potential, but did not meet expectations.
Laura
Jun 06, 2008 Laura rated it liked it
This was a fast read and pretty cute overall. But, I really felt bad for the main character and her low self confidence and crappy best friend and ex boyfriend. By the end, it was okay, as she figured her life out.
Sarah
Feb 08, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Probably not
Not really sure how I feel about this book, I have been reading it every once in awhile because it really does not hold my interest, but I have to finish reading it because I can't not finish a book.
Jourdan
May 22, 2009 Jourdan rated it liked it
This book was pretty good. It was really quick and easy to read. It didn't leave me with overpowering emotions like Stargirl or Traveling Pants or something from Sarah Dessen would. But it was good.
Stephanie A.
"Overweight girl trying to be happy with her life" stories would be so much more compelling if said girls had more interesting thoughts than "I want a boyfriend. Sex would be good."
Caitlin Trepp
I mainly have an issue with the ending, because it seems like absolutely no character development or growth and then a cut and paste magic happy ending.
Eli
Sep 16, 2012 Eli rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 1
Shelves: fiction, 2012
Neither my type of book nor my type of "person". My whining quotient for the next 3 years has been surpassed by proximity to Ryan.
Julie
Oct 13, 2009 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This story was okay, but I found it predictable and a little formulaic. But it is good for when you want light reading.
Jenny Rebecca
Feb 08, 2008 Jenny Rebecca rated it really liked it
This was a really sweet book, very simple very nice. I over-identified with the character which makes me very depressed.
Penny
Apr 24, 2008 Penny rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Ugh, this book was TERRIBLE. Pandering and uninformed and whiny and I don't know why I pushed through till the end.
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