Rosemary Goode is smart and funny and loyal and the best eyebrow waxer in Spring Hill, Tennessee. But only one thing seems to matter to anyone, including Rosemary: her weight. And when your mom runs the most successful (and gossipy) beauty shop in town, it can be hard to keep a low p...more
Rosemary Goode is smart, funny, and sassy, but no one seems to notice. All anyone sees is her weight - all 200 pounds of it. She doesn't fit in at school, she finds herself getting made fun of by the popular Bluebirds, and the only boyfriend she'll ever have is Mr. Hershey, or Mr. M&M.
At the start of a new year, Rosemary finds herself disappointed. Santa just brought her an unwanted treadmill for Christmas and her Aunt Mar...more
Im fascinated by this book by Supplee...it reminded me of the days when as a young adult, i have had "self-esteem" issues (even though i already know for a fact that there are qualities/traits more substantial than physical attributes). I believe that all of us, at certain times in our adolescent lives, had to go through a stage when we were so much concerned about our value as a person, if we're loved and accepted by others, or if we can ever find our own special place in the world, or fit in t...more
I really love some of Rosemary's awesome comebacks to the snotty Bluebirds and love that she gets a boyfriend who loves her the way she is. There should be more Kyles in the world.
I don't love that she is dieting in a way that is dangerous and risky, consuming nothing b...more
In case you think this is another boring fat-girl book, it’s not. I’m not overweight, but I have my little things (procrastination…) that make me really horrible when I “indulge”, and so this book was still very relatable to me.
I loved every character and every moment of this book. Her mother’s personality was so realistic, and the dynamics of the aunt-mother-daughter relationship was so well presented. Also Kyle was completely perfect and a good example o...more
I thought about how, if you’re skinny, walking across the library probably isn’t a big deal. In fact, if you’re cute and petite like Kay-Kay Reese, it’s probably even fun—all that s...more
Rosemary Goode is in high school and struggling with weight. Her mother and aunt are both naturally thin, which plagues Rose more than her own weight. As she works in her mother's salon, she sees how much differently the beauticians treat the "popular" girls, which tends to drive her even more toward her one comfort - food. When her weight exceeds 200 pounds, she becomes determined to do something about it, one step a...more
When she was small, Rosie was dubbed Artichoke one fateful day when she wore a green winter jacket to school. That name stuck with her and she stil...more
After Christmas break, everything changes. Rosemary’s Aunt Mary, who constantly harrasses her about her weight buys her a weight loss book and her mother...more
Rosemary Goode is smart and funny and loyal and the best eyebrow waxer in Spring Hill, Tennessee. But only one thing seems to matter to anyone, including Rosemary: her weight. And when your mom runs the most successful (and gossipy) beauty shop in town, it can be hard to keep a low profile. Rosemary resolves to lose the weight, but her journey turns out to be about everything but the scale. Her life-changin...more
So she decides to start losing the weight, because how hard can it be, r...more
This is the story of Rosemary Goode (whose nickname is Artichoke, something you come to understand through reading the book) and her struggle to lose weight and accept herself. She’s 15 at the beginning of...more
She loses the weight at the end of the book. She basically has an eating disorder but the author weirdly glosses over this and constructs her weight loss journey as a healing one, somehow. Even though she drinks diet shakes. Even though she eats a rancid mayonnaise sandwich expressly to make herself vomit (kids, that's called bulim...more
Rosie decides something has to be done, and she begin...more
Rosemary is an only child. Her mother was seventeen when she was born and she's never known her father. Her mother was determined to succeed despite having a child at a young age and she had developed and extremely bust hair and nail salon. In fact, Rose immersed herself so d...more
There were some really funny/perverted parts but the other parts were SSSOOOO cute/sweet!
It's about a girl, Rosemary, who's overweight and how she really really wants to get skinny. She and her mom aren't as close as she would like them to be so she wants to fix that too. And the people at school...gawd...they are SO mean to her!
Interesting things about this book: W...more
I loved how poignantly the author captured a teenager's weight-loss struggle. This path is all too familiar to me. Maybe that's why I identified with it so closely. I love the relationship between Kay-Kay and Rosie. Sometimes all it t...more
A good portrayal of a southern setting -- I like one that is not too "HEY Y'ALL THIS HERE IS THE SOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!"
But one thing that always bothers me about books where the main characte...more
Suzanne is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, and she earned a masters degree in creative writing from Towson University in Maryland. For a number of years,...more