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Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
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Jan 08, 12

bookshelves: 2012, teen-fiction, teen-boy, disabilities-being-different, lis-690b, washington
Read from January 04 to 08, 2012

This book covered a lot of ground.
- suicide
- abuse
- friendship
- abortion
- bullying
- family
- religion/beliefs

Almost all of the above issues were handled realistically and in a way that teens could relate to. Even though there were so many issues woven into the story, it never felt preachy or hokey.

The story itself is about Eric aka Moby and Sarah Byrnes. We get to see how their friendship got to where it is, and how Sarah ended up in the psych ward not saying a word to anyone. Watching Moby fight for Sarah, and grow as a person really made the story great for me. He is not a flawless character. I didn't love everything he did or said, but I don't always love everything I do or say either, and that was what made me like him so much.
Overall, I'm glad I had to read this book.
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