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The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
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Virginia Shreves is certain that she was accidentally switched at birth. That’s the only way she can account for the differences between her and her parents and two older siblings. She’s sure that somewhere in the Tri-State area there’s an obese, blond-haired, pop-culture-loving family wondering why they have a slim, brown-haired, and culturally enlightened daughter. Because that’s what Virginia knows she is. Fat.

Being fat is a huge handicap for Virginia. She can’t make her weekly make-out trysts with Froggy Welsh the Fourth into a serious relationship. She is fearful of imposing herself upon unfriendly classmates, and so she’s all alone this year, her best friend Shannon having gone to Walla Walla for the year.

Then Virginia gets some news that shatters all of her beliefs. Her brother, Byron, whom she used to worship, was accused of date rape, and her family struggles to pretend everything is normal. But Virginia has had enough. She is tired of her parents making light of Byron’s criminal offense when they rag on her to lose weight all the time. It’s time for Virginia to begin to love herself.

It’s hard to summarize up this extremely good story in a few short sentences. Virginia’s tale is a hearty cry for self-acceptance. Thoroughly believable and utterly uplifting, don’t miss this great book.
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