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320 pages, Hardcover
First published May 26, 2015
"I hated it when others alluded to my size, despite the obviousness of it. It was as if they were confirming that there was something wrong with me when I’d hoped they hadn’t noticed it." – Plum
"I looked at my body, the body that had kept me alive for nearly thirty years, without any serious health problems, the body that had taken me where I needed to go and protected me. I had never appreciated or loved the body that had done so much for me. I had thought of it as my enemy, as nothing more than a shell that enclosed my real self, but it wasn’t a shell. The body was me. This is your real life. You’re already living it."
Alicia "Plum" Kettle lives a very small life in New York City, basically going in a circle from her apartment to a cafe, where she answers letters from troubled teenage girls sent to Kitty, the editor of a popular teen magazine, who is too busy to respond herself, and home again. Plum figures she'll make some friends and enjoy New York in another year or so, after her "real" life has finally started -- the one in which she's had gastric bypass surgery and lost 150 or so pounds. But a few months before that's scheduled, she notices a girl following her ... and then leading her into a completely different life than Plum has planned for.I mostly really enjoyed this book. It was a very quick read with some important messages which are expressed through an unusual, but generally not too preachy or heavy-handed, story.