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Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
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May 02, 12

bookshelves: swimming, relationships, ya-lit, male-protagonist, lis-722, high-school, fiction, coming-of-age
Read in February, 2012

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes follows a character with the nickname "Moby" (as in the whale). Moby's best friend, Sarah Byrnes, is in a psych ward and he doesn't know why or how to help her. He does know that she's got horrible burned on her face from an accident as a child, that she's got a horribly mean father who scares the living daylights out of him, that Jody Mueller just might decide to date him if she would ever break up with his nemesis Mark Brittain, that Contemporary American Thought class is getting into more heated debates everyday, that swimming is slowly becoming the most important thing in Moby's life, and that he'd do almost anything to make Sarah Byrnes to talk again. Moby and Sarah's relationship is fantastically well-written, even when Sarah's not speaking. Chris Crutcher does a great job of exploring what really makes Moby and Sarah Byrnes work as friends. There are some intense situations with Sarah's father, leading to a slightly higher recommended reading age of 15 and up.
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