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The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez
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Feb 09, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary
Read in February, 2012

Wow!! There aren't a lot of books that make me cry, but THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING CHARLIE by Jenny Torres Sanchez did just that. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this raw and powerful book about a teenage boy who has just lost weight at summer "fat camp" and is trying to navigate through dire family issues, messy school politics and the flirty new girl who doesn't know why the kids at school call him "Chunks". Jenny Torres Sanchez absolutely nails the teenage voice, and her characters are funny, quirky, tragic and very relatable. This is one of those stories that just grabbed me and shook me and made me wish Goodreads had more stars to give it.
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