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Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies by Erin Dionne
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Jan 21, 2010

it was amazing

I just finished reading this and find the main character, Celeste, to be wonderfully real, poignant and funny. Her Aunt Doreen enters her in the Miss HuskyPeach pageant for plus-sized girls, and she really doesn't want to be any part of it. To her surprise she is chosen as one of the finalists and her parents are thrilled. Celeste figures that if she goes on a diet, she'll lose weight and the pageant officials won't want her as a model anymore. This book has mean girls, girl on girl bullying, and angst. But Celeste's own humor as well as her brother Ben's legendary klutziness bring laughter and comic relief to the story. As I continued with the book, Celeste becomes more and more confident of herself, and even though there is a major embarrassing moment at one of the semi-final pageants, she shines through at the end and comes to accept herself as she is, not as others want her to be. Recommended for girls who see themselves and their bodies as the enemy, but need the impetus to do battle and succeed, in their own eyes.

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