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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  228 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Secrets. Their weight can be crushing, but their release can change everything—and not necessarily for the better. Ian is no stranger to secrets. Being a gay teen in a backwater southern town, Ian must keep his orientation under wraps, especially since he spends a lot of time with his hands all over members of the same sex, pinning their sweaty, hard bodies to the wrestlin ...more
ebook, 230 pages
Published January 23rd 2014 by Harmony Ink Press
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Jan 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-na, biob, cover-love
For me, the most intriguing thing about Heavyweight was Ian: a young guy who's struggling with both his sexuality and an eating disorder. And the wrestling part wasn't half bad, either.

I liked Ian a lot. He's a respectable, socially aware 17-year-old, and I thought his bravado and youth were pretty authentic. Ian is biding his time until he can head off to college—both to escape his alcoholic father and the confines of his small-minded hometown. Though he's not out, Ian knows he's gay, so things
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

TW for homophobia and eating disorders

REALLY enjoyed this one and the rep for queer boys with bulimia, but knocking half of a star because I felt like his sexuality took a little too much of the story and wanted it to talk more about his mental health.
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t had a lot of good experiences with YA titles recently. That Heavyweight wasn’t about an abusive situation made it stand out for me as something different. Plus a friend has been posting some very sexy photos of wrestlers on Facebook! I have a close friend whose son wrestled for seven years in school. I really tried to not notice his body, I really did, until he was 18. But man, I can’t imagine what it would have been like for a gay teenage boy to be rolling around with him all sweaty. ...more
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! I absolutely loved this book. There were moments were I wanted to scream: STOP! Can't you see what you're doing to this wonderful human being? I almost cried at parts and I loved Jules and Mei Li! Great read!!! ...more
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, m-m, sports
This book was ok, but there were too many irritating things that kept me from really enjoying it. The first person present tense with the narrator directly addressing the reader just didn't work for me. That's a matter of personal preference though. The other problems were things I just couldn't reconcile in my mind.

The result of Ian's eating disorder didn't make sense to me. With his physical stats and level of exercise, he'd require well over 3000 calories per day just to maintain his weight.
Joyfully Jay
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

The strength of this young adult novel is that it deals with heavy themes that are often ignored, and does it well. Eating disorders are often explored in novels, but very seldom with males, even though it is not that uncommon in young adult males, especially amongst wrestlers who are trying to maintain a certain weight class. Mulhall does a wonderful job of exploring the psyche of this underrepresented group of people and showing how emotionally damaging it can b
Not quite 4 stars, but more than 3.

As far as YA novels go, this was pretty good, heart wrenchingly good at times.
Ian's desperation to escape his drunk, abusive father and the small, narrow minded town he grew up in, and the measures he's willing to take in order to leave as soon as possible are utterly well portrayed, narrated.

The tentative, developing, blossoming love between Ian and Jules is sweet and lovely.

But I gotta say that the high school's, the teacher's and the town's reaction in gen
Andrea M
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So, I read the sample of this book and thought it was good but hadn't intended to buy it because of the price...however I accidentally clicked the wrong button and bought it and I am quite glad I did. This was a surprisingly good I read it in one's now nearly 3:15am but it was quite worth it. :)

I actually like all of the characters (well aside from the villains of the story) which is quite rare for me. So kudos to M.B. Mulhall!!

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Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars.

Pros: Unusual subject matter for this genre and it was well handled, if pushed to the background more than I liked. It was refreshing to see that there were few 'magic' solutions: the eating disorder wasn't cured by the shock of hospitalisation, the mother didn't suddenly stand up to the father after years of abuse. Likable characters and nicely paced.

Cons: The reaction of the principal didn't ring true and it was quite jarring. It was overdramatic and disappointing. Yes, there are as
Fani *loves angst*
Really enjoyed the high school romance about a student who's in constant watch of his weight because it could mean a -unfavorable- change in his wrestling category, and the new kid in town. ...more
Rebecca A
This is a hard review for me to write. The thing is? It should be hard. Eating disorders, racism, and homophobia should never be a light topic in any situation. This is a heavy book and, for a lot of people, it isn't going to be a their cup of tea. Perhaps the most distressing thing is that, for all that we talk about anti bullying? Hate is still alive and well in far too many lunch rooms. This is one of the better books I've read in the recent years that truly tackles these subjects. Immense in ...more
Patricia Lynne
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a PDF of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, but also own the paperback.

I first learned of this story when the author posted an excerpt on her blog. The plot intrigued me and I was eager to get my hands on it and read the whole story. I was not disappointed. Ian's struggle had me turning the pages quickly, scared things would fall apart and he wouldn't get a happy ending. Things did fall apart - real life isn't all rainbows and sunshine and the author did not s
Rynn Yumako
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this book.

I liked the voice the author decided to give Ian. He felt very real, both in the way he approached Julian, his own family, and his (mostly unrealized) eating disorder. The chemistry between Ian and Julian was one of the best part of this, but I also liked how easily Ian connected with Julian's sister, and how he found a new family by the end. I liked to hate Ian's father, and the physical confrontation between them and the consequent stay at the Yang's made for a nicely done hurt
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Ian was likable, troubled, but likable. Which was fortunate since this was told in first person. The supporting characters were great. For once, here is a YA with decent women in it. What ruins it are the men. Almost ever very single grown man, is a bigoted jerk. The exception was the coach. The entire town was a bigoted mess. I don't think the town was set in the 60's; it seemed contemporary so I find it hard to believe that a school could ban students for being gay. It just doesn't compute. ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In a perfect storm of circumstance, Ian’s secrets escape. His family, best friend, teammates, classmates, even strangers all hate him now. He sees no way out of the hell that is his life. Jules, instead of being someone to fear, becomes a solace to Ian. His one and only soft place to fall.

See the entire review at The Novel Approach:
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this because it touches ED in males, in athletes.

I enjoyed this because I'm from a small town. Because I can poignantly imagine the fear and hurt caused by being in a place like this and not being their normal.
It hurts because I can imagine this happening to people I know, to students I may teach.
I didn't want to give up the characters at the end.
This was...a YA book. Written like a YA book. Read like a YA book. It's been so long since I've read young adult, I think I forgot. So if I review it as a YA book, I'd give it 4 stars.
Regardless, It was good. I loved the story line.
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. Review to Come.
Michael Portrie
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Many people simply don't believe that boys can suffer from eating disorders. This book is the first YA I have read that actually deals with this, I was impressed by the subject matter. ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a really great read. The characters are well-written and the story is solid. The main character is someone you can sympathize with, but also see his flaws.
Elisa Rolle
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
adik miftakhur
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so deeply in love with this book, still is though. It makes me cannot move to read another book. I don't know what to read next though. I have been trying to read Finding Audrey and Noah Can't Even, also a book on my kindle, yet I still cannot move on from this book. :( So tragic, I know. All I can say right now is the book brought so many feels to me, from happy to sad feelings. It taught me a lot of thing too. Something like 'people have to act like others if you want to fit in their soc ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok

Meh. This book didn’t really give me anything. It was cliché as heck and didn’t really portray the eating disorder aspect in a believable way. It was there and then it wasn’t and that’s that. No mental struggle at all really, just a word to give the story a plot if you catch my meaning. Also the medical side to the disorder was really exaggerated and just not correct at all.

It’s sad because the story could’ve been really good if the author had done her research properly, added some depth to
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First things first, just like Ian, with Julian it was love on first sight.
I honestly enjoyed this book. It wasn't like those heartbreaking books that will make you weep for weeks. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't boring at all. It had some shocking parts, and for me it isn't common to have a book in my hands and be unable to put it down. Sure, the writing was a bit too simple, but the book as a book was delightful, and every two to three pages there was some kind of twist, and then whoops, it has s
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am surprisingly impressed with this book. I thought the author conveyed the several issues in this teen drama without falling into over-angst. Interested characters and good plot progression. There was still some editing issues that could have been worked out. But worth reading! 4 stars
Maggie McKinney
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i loved this book so much, I finished it in a day! Ian's voice was fresh and real. The love that grew between Julian and him was beautiful and the relationships between the secondary characters were fun and interesting. ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Nothing worked for me here. I am simply saturated with cheese YA romance and this one was going no different.

You know that typical high school story where a new student arrives and the MC develops a crush, etc. etc.? Well, the same simple plot here but with a homosexual aspect.

Take any YA about and make the two MCs males instead of heterosexuals.

I guess the big secret here is that Iqn hasn't come out of the closet? Will he come out for the new Asian guy who came to school and who takes Ian's br
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MB Mulhall is a published author who typically has way too much on her plate. In between making vlogs and writing books, she tests her patience and pays the bills by helping to manage a home for developmentally disabled adults. She has a BA in Comparative Literature and Languages from Hofstra University as well as an Elementary Education degree from Georgian Court University.

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