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Artichoke's Heart

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  3,374 Ratings  ·  507 Reviews
It?s not so easy being Rosemary Goode and tipping the scales at almost two hundred pounds? especially when your mother runs the most successful (and gossipiest!) beauty shop in town. After a spectacularly disastrous Christmas break when the scale reaches an all-time high?Rosemary realizes that things need to change. (A certain basketball player, Kyle Cox, might have someth ...more
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published (first published June 12th 2008)
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for

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
I inadvertently bought this book not realising that is was a Young Adult book (I do wish there was a clearer of categorising the books). However I finished it and I found myself empathising so much with Rosie. She is overweight, self conscious and without friends at school. The school cheerleaders, The Bluebirds, make her life a misery and to find comfort she eats. The reader goes through so much with Rosie, her battle to try and get thin, her mother becoming ill, her family constantly nagging h ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Agatha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book but in the end it just made me sad and made me a tad bit sad about myself.

It just seemed to me though that at the end, she didn't save herself from her insecurities. In fact, it seemed to me that she grew worse. I wanted her to revel at her achievement, so I could feel good too as a reader; but she turned a little bit obsessed and it happened at the end, where I don't know what would happen next.

I got the message of the story. However, the execution is not something I would say
Nov 18, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so this book was just really good.

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
Jul 27, 2008 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though there is a lot of sadness in this book (Rosemary's self-esteem is in the toilet because she is overweight, and her mom has cancer) there is also a lot of humor that made me keep cackling throughout the book.
*Spoiler alert*
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
Gwen the Librarian
Sep 02, 2008 Gwen the Librarian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenbooks
Rosemary is just about to turn sixteen and she has been fat all her life. Her mom and her aunt are always needling her and gave her a treadmill for Christmas! It’s her life; why do they care what she looks like? But when her mom is diagnosed with cancer and a good friend has a heart-attack because of her weight, Rosemary realizes that she has to make a change. With the help of a Walgreen’s clerk, a shunned cheerleader, and the boy of her dreams, Rosemary gets herself on track and learns that the ...more
Nov 18, 2008 Halfempty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Jan 20, 2014 Maryam_m_140a513 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosemary Goode is an overweight and unpopular teenager with no friends. She never really cared or thought about losing weight, until one day an incident happened that opened her eyes, and made her realise that she needs to change her life around. We also get to see the rocky relationship Rosemary has with her mum and her aunt, who continuously nag her about losing weight. The storyline goes on about her journey to lose weight, build her self-confidence, work on her relationship with her family, ...more
Very underwhelming...

I don’t really understand what the author’s message was. I went into this story thinking that this would be the story of a girl with weight struggles who finds a way to love and accept herself, and her body, all while growing and making changes on the inside and out. I mean it even says on the book “so begins a powerful year of transformation and self-discovery that surprisingly has little to do with the physical, and more to do with an honest look at how Rosemary (the
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I liked this book, because it was real (down to earth). Suzanne Supplee wrote this book in a way, where the reader could relate, sympathize, and understand the situation the main character was coming from. I normally read books that help me to escape, for the love of entertainment, or just the love of reading. So, it was nice to read a book where I related to the main protagonist. I don't struggle with weight, but there were so many aspects of this book that anyone could grab a hold onto and see ...more
Jul 21, 2011 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reason I love this YA book so much is because even though the plot is about a girl who is overweight, you can relate with her no matter what size you are. This truly is a great comfort book, it gives you all the mushy feelings of romance and the joy of hearing how the protagonist, Rosemary Goode, loses and gains control of her life. This book was actually a relatively realistic for a YA book, it wasn’t too perfect and by end of the book, Rose hasn’t all of a sudden gone popular and gotten to ...more
Andrea thebusybibliophile
Nov 10, 2011 Andrea thebusybibliophile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrea by: Walking through bookstore, the cover caught my eye.
Shelves: kindle
I loved this book. It was so fun and quirky. As someone who has always had an issue with weight, I lost count of the number of times I would read something and think, “that’s exactly what happened to me!” or “I remember feeling that way.” Suzanne Supplee really knows how to get to the bottom of how a ‘fat girl’ feels.
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
Dec 04, 2012 Lo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read Somebody Everybody Listens To, also by this author, and thought it was a fantastic home read. I read this book and was sort of disappointed.

Almost everybody struggles with weight issues at one point in their life. Whether you're overweight or underweight or just paranoid, you never feel perfect enough.

These were the main issues I had with this book:
1. Her self-esteem
2. Her boyfriend Kyle
3. The resolution

As Rosemary is overweight and has been made fun ever since she was a child, it would m
Jessica Lawlor
Oct 09, 2010 Jessica Lawlor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee tells the story of Rosemary Goode, an overweight teenager from the South. Rosemary is not comfortable in her own skin and has a serious love affair with all things chocolate. Rosemary gets through her days by working in her mother’s hair salon and looking forward to the next time she can indulge in junk food.

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
Overall I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. I expected this to be a toss up because novels that try to capture the "fat girl experience" hardly ever live up to what I think is "fat girl reality." This book really does, I think, portray a realistic situation where a girl is overweight (not by a ton) and she is mocked so she has self-confidence issues but the conflict is deeper than that because Rosie's family dynamic (her single mom ad her mom's Type-A, bossy, nosy sister) is partly t ...more
Yaneth R
Dec 10, 2015 Yaneth R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 01, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great read!

This is the story every overweight girl (and woman) wants to be able to tell - the year her life changed...she lost weight, found a boyfriend and a girl friend, and stopped allowing the nasty girls to control her. (OK - so an overweight woman's goals may be a bit different...)

Yes, it's a bit of a fairy tale. But, it's told so sweetly and so honestly that it is ok.

Rosemary is facing the worst Christmas ever, her skinny mom gave her a treadmill and her skinny aunt gave her ticket
Sep 15, 2011 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up initially for its cover art and bought it for its blurb.

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
Feb 16, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Rating:

Attitude Before Reading the Book: I was searching my school's library for a book, not really any genre in particular, but that was how I came across this book. I remember my friend had made a comment about the book's cover looking cheesy, which I'll admit, it did. However, I read the synopsis and I was actually able to relate a bit to Rosemary in the book. I am a bit heavier and I understood the struggle of being close to or at 200 pounds. Because of this reason, I decided to read the
Apr 27, 2014 Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Artichoke's Heart is about an overweight teenager named Rosemary Goode who lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Her mom works at a beauty salon where everyone gossips. Rosie helps out at her mother's shop and she doesn't have friends to hang out with outside of work. Rosie's mother also has cancer that makes Rosie even more stressed. She tries to ease her depression by eating a lot and now she is overweight. Rosie decides to try to lose weight after she finds out she can't fit into some of her clot ...more
Toni Tortorello-Allaway
I really liked this book. I was enthusiastically engaged in it from beginning to end. It's an empowering story of fighting teenage obesity and teenaged bullying. I love how Rosie found herself in this book. It wasn't cheesy or corny as many teenaged stories can be.

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
Aug 20, 2012 Welzki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Im fascinated by this book by 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
Katie Boehmer
Feb 09, 2012 Katie Boehmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Artichoke's Heart is a good book about the life of a high schooler. Rosemary Goode has never fit in at school. She has always been one of the biggest girls at her school and one day when she worn a green jumpsuit to school, everyone called her artichoke. Rosemary's mom on the other hand is one of the most famous people in their city. She is the owner of a beauty shop and all of the popular girls from Rosemary's school go there to get their hair done. As the summer comes to an end and it is time ...more
Angelica Gonzalez
Rosie had a lot issues involving her weight, her mom, and her new crush. This story went by really fast, it's easy to follow along, once you start reading it you won't want to put it down. I really liked how i could connect to her story because most people are not that confident and it shows how she overcame her obstacles and proved to everyone that anybody can do it you just never give up.One of my favorite characters was Rosie she's the main character of the story and she's really down to eart ...more
From the first chapter you fall in love with Rosie. We're first introduced to Rosie as she tells us about her very dissapointing christmas and we soon find out that Rosie has just reached an all time high in weight gain. If that isn't bad enough, her mother owns a popular salon where people won't just let Rosie be and she has one heck of a nosy Aunt.
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
What a hot mess. I don't even know where to start with this. First of all, the characters are unbelievable and annoying. The main character's family is absolutely abusive to her over her weight, but that is all forgotten when her mom gets plot device... I mean cancer.... and Rosemary drops 50 lbs and suddenly all her problems are solved. Not only is her rapid weight loss completely unbelievable, but it is unbelievable the the author thought that this was a good message to put out there. "People ...more
Taran  Winkler
This book is absolutely Amazing... The story of a young teenage girl facing boy problems, weight insecurity, and a horrid aunt was something i could completely connect with... I am a little chubby and am still to this day harrased about my weight and sometimes i feel like a complete loser when i stand next to these gorgeouse skinny girls at my school but i just cant seem to imgaine life without a candy bar in hand and the boy thing, well all i have to say on the matter is god bless the woman tha ...more
Haley Curl
This book is about a girl named Rosemary who has been dealing with obesity all her life. Her mom owns a popular hair salon and her aunt is very judgmental. At school she has a huge crush on a football player who she thinks would never like her. Rosemary decides to do something about her weight by dieting, eating healthy, and running with her popular new friend. As the story goes on, Rosemary must deal with her mother's newly found cancer, trying to impress the boy if her dreams, and lose the wei ...more
May 04, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved many great, wholesome characters. There's nothing incredibly groundbreaking here--the story of an overweight teen struggling to find herself meets new friend and new boy, has breakthrough with parent--but it's so well-done. It has a clean, easy feeling to it...somewhere between the flamboyance of Julie Murphy's Dumplin' and the darker intensity of Donna Cooner's Skinny.

Some readers took issue with the way Rosemary lost weight--using weight loss shakes--because it wasn't health
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Suzanne Supplee is the author of When Irish Guys Are Smiling, a Students Across the Seven Seas series book, and Artichoke’s Heart. Currently, Suzanne is working on her third book, untitled as of yet, but due out in the spring of 2010.
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,
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