Meghan Ball is both the most visible and the most invisible person in school. Her massive size is impossible to ignore, yet people freely spill their secrets in front of her, perhaps because they think she isn't listening. But she is. Now her attention has turned to a new girl: Aime...more
Meghan is obese. She is the largest person at Valley Regional High and her hulking size, oddly enough, allows her to blend into the background. Most people are too uncomfortable to make eye contact and most teachers are content to allow her to remain silent during class discussions. Meghan doesn't have any friends, but she knows a lot about everyone at school.
Aimee is reed thin. Her list of foods that give her a "bad reaction" grows every day. Abou...more
- one girl is obese, and one girl is tiny, yet there is no mention of dieting or counseling and no attempt to "fix" the girls in any way, shape, or form
- there is no clear beginning or end, and the plot is a building block, not scaffolding
- the language is poetic without overreaching,...more
The best thing about the book was the poetic language. I paid close attention to all the imagery and the way the book is written elevates the story and made me forget about things that...more
This is definitely one of the most poetic books that I’ve ever read, and I’m not just saying that because much of the plot revolves around poetry. The descriptions are fantastic, and I think George did a fantastic job of describing high school – particularly being an obese girl in high school. Meghan is super aware of everything that is going on around her. She knows things about everyone because they stuff in front of her like she’s not even there, like she doesn’t speak the l...more
The first thing that drew me to the book was the cover, I just thought that the cover looked really interesting.
Looks goes a lot deeper than just a good cover however.
For starters the descriptions that Madeleine George provides within her book are amazing. They are almost poetic-like and magical.
The characters were all really well developed too. I really loved Meghan and Aimee which was obviously the desired affect from the author. I didn't like Cara but she was a well-deve...more
Looks is fast-paced and raw and a little mean, with a lovely dreamy...more
'the fat girl grinds through the crowd
a monstrous machine
draped under the wide blue tarp of her windbreaker
hidden behind her quivering curtain of hair
she has thighs like a sofa
hands like hams
eyes like a dead fish's eyes
she is the garbage girl
everything she ever ate is still inside her
and they can smell it on her
...they circle her.
swirling and cawing
moments seagulls flying over a landfill
scavenging for bits of her flesh
as they swoop it to pluck out her d...more
I just. couldn't. do . it.
On one ha...more
I gave a five-star rating to a book that left me dazed and slightly hollow. Incredibly poetic and beautiful.
An anorexic girl/a humongous girl ("made of mud and cellulite" --my now favorite descriptive phrase).
A moment for revenge.
It could have been a hugely cliched story--but altering voices and the writer's chosen wording kept it from becoming that.
Meghan notices Aimee when they both are in the nurse's office together. Aimee is completely put off by Meghan's obesity and goes so far as to write a poem about how hideous she thinks Meghan is.
When Aimee is befriended by the literary magazine's editor, w...more
Both Meghan and Aimee are invisible in the world of their school, and the story follows their eventual reliance on...more
There were aspects of it that I did like. The descriptions and I felt that the author did a good job making me feel sick to my stomach when something awful happened to one of the characters but in the end I felt more depressed than any other emotion. I don't think I actually got anything from the book but a gloomy headache. Which I guess is good because a book is not supposed to make me feel comfortable with eating disorders I should not be c...more
Meghan is your a-typical high school fatty, never to be seen unless she's being bullied. She takes the bullying in silence, has no friends, and is a perfect student. Aimee makes the story a bit more interesting with her poetry breaking the reader from the authors average writing every now and than. Not only is the book cliche, it's overly predictable. By chapter 8 I already knew what was going to happen, and my prediction made me l...more
It's been a little over two years si...more
What I found was an interesting novel centering on two female characters, each with their own personal hell: one who is obese (although nowhere in the book is her exact weight given; and one is who is anorexic, but truly believes she is not. George chronicles their individual lives through a semester at high school, examining in detail each girl's need for peer, and family acceptance. Even more powerful are the poems, ins...more
It was refreshing to read a book told in 3rd person perspective, as so many YA books, (and, really, new fiction in general), are all told via 1st person. The sometimes omniscient / sometimes tight-lipped narrator adds to both character development and the reader's own introspection into the story, without...more
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every line of my body perfectly chiseled.
Hunger is the blade that has made me smooth.
I am a statue, yet I am only air at my center.
I go to hug myself and
my arms go right through me
finding nothing to hold on to.
My hands meet behind my own back
in a stone handshake.
This is not what you were expecting.
I'm so cold.
I'm so sharp.
I've been cut, now I'll cut you.
Yes, come closer to me.
I am going to make you see what I see.”