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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  347 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Henry "Biggie" Abbott is the son of one of Finch, Iowa ’s most famous athletes. His father was a baseball legend and his step-dad is a close second. At an obese 300+ pounds though, Biggie himself prefers classroom success to sports. As a perfectionist, he doesn’t understand why someone would be happy getting two hits in five trips to the plate. “Forty percent, that’s an F ...more
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Published March 1st 2015 by AW Teen
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A book about Biggie? I love Biggie . . .

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Wait, what?

Turns out this book was about a different big fella - a high schooler named Henry Abbott (or "Biggie" to everyone in his small Iowa town). Biggie wants what most other high school boys want - to make it through school without being ridiculed, to be valedictorian, to get into the college of his choice, and to get the girl. Getting the grades comes easy for Biggie. Getting through
Paula M
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I have always enjoyed books about outsiders or underdogs. I guess its because they're very relatable and most of them have the funniest voice/monologue. They also do a great job of voicing out the thoughts of readers who has been on the same situation. Biggie/Henry is not an exception. Its amazing that even though I'm not a 'fat' person like Henry is and even though I'm not a guy, I totally felt for Henry. He's totally relatable as a teen.

Henry or 'BIGGIE' to others is someone you would like a
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it

I didn't want this story to end, I could read about Biggie for days on end. I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book, but what I got was a funny, engaging and honest story about an outsider just trying to fit in. I loved Biggie's internal dialogue, and while I am not a huge baseball fan, I found myself cheering at the games and becoming absorbed by the world of baseball. I had a lot of fun reading this book and would recommend. 4/5

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy

Note: I received th
Ann M. Noser
Just to be clear, I received this book from the author during a junior high school presentation that I organized this spring. I'm not claiming I know the author well, but he has a fabulous rapport with kids in that age group. He worked the room like magic, making the students yell out guesses to his questions in order to win Kit Kat bars. So, besides being a great author he's a good enough guy to drive from MN to WI to help inspire the young.

Although I really appreciated his help that day, and a
Mar 24, 2015 added it
Shelves: young-adult
I don't care how often you have been bullied, there is nothing fun or charming about a guy who hacks into girls' email accounts and remakes himself to be her "ideal" guy. Or who shows up at a girl's door, after ignoring her for months, and gets mad that she has a date. Or who tells that girl that her date only wants her for sex (but he doesn't! He's a nice guy!).

Biggie is the ultimate Nice Guy (tm), where he will do or say anything to get into a girl's pants, but when the girls don't fall all ov
Veronica of V's Reads
Biggie is a book about loving one's self, even when it's far easier to hate one's self.

Henry "Biggie" Abbott is a high school junior in Finch, Iowa--a town of roughly 1000. He is the illegitimate son of baseball phenom Aaron Abbott, conceived while Aaron was still in high school. Aaron left behind his sweetheart and child, legally disavowing any claim to Biggie before he'd even turned 1. Biggie is, well, BIG. He's over 6 feet tall, and weighs more than 300 pounds.

Here's why:
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Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-reviewed
Thank you to Netgalley for a review copy in exchange for an honest review

The reason I don't read sports novels is because I don't like sports. They don't really interest me, but when I read the summery for Biggie Biggie's character seemed like someone I would enjoy and I requested it. When I finished, I realized I was wrong. I like sports novels, but I hated Biggie. Like...with a burning passion.

I guess the plot is about an overweight son of a famous high school baseball player and the stepson o
Erin Lynn
I read a galley edition of this book that was kindly provided from the publisher through NetGalley and Xpresso Book Tours. All opinions are my own.

This review was originally posted on The Hardcover Lover.

Biggie by Derek E. Sullivan is a very respectable debut novel about an overweight teenage boy name Henry. Unfortunately for Henry, his size has made his peers call him Biggie, so that's what everyone calls him. In my opinion Sullivan does a good job at capturing the emotional aspect of what it's
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry Abbott , or as everyone calls him , Biggie is the main character of this story , he weighs more than 300 pounds and is the son of one of the most famous athletes on Iowa , does he feel bad about it ? No. And he shouldn’t because his father left him when he was younger.

Biggie is one of the best characters I’ve read about ever because I strongly connected to him, he’s a super smart perfectionist boy that prefers getting good grades instead of doing a good game.

I related so much with his ch
Sawyer Lovett
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Henry "Biggie" Abbot is the son of his hometown's baseball star. He's also a grossly overweight nerd who spends most of his time talking to strangers on the internet. All of that changes when he pitched a no-hitter in gym class and he falls in love. Going out for the baseball team means more than changin his diet and exersise routine. It means joining a team and giving up the pretense of not caring about the opinions of his peers. Will he pitch a no-hitter? Will his father acknowledge him? Will ...more
Stay Fetters
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it
"I learned that Friday that you didn't need to be touched to get tagged."
Received this at Bea Chicago 2016 and met the author. He signed my book and everything became alright with the world.
Reading the last couple pages of this book and the main character picks up a book. I had to re-read it a few times before I see what is actually staring up at me from the pages. My favorite author Palahniuk and my favorite book Fight Club. Mother of all fucks, I'm in heaven.
Henry is a high school junior, ov
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Source: I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review from the publisher via Netgalley, thanks to both!

Title: Biggie
Author: Derek E Sullivan
Genre: YA, contemporary
Overall Rating: 4.4 Stars

Henry 'Biggie' Abbott is the son of baseball legend, Aaron Abbott and his step father also happens to be a baseball legend too. His little brother lives and breathes the game but no one seems to understand what went wrong with him. At 6ft4, he sits at over 300 pounds, he's obese
Mike Kalmbach
A home run!

Every night I read this book, I hated putting it down. I'm a little sad that I hit the end, but I can't wait to see more from Mr. Sullivan. He's definitely an author to watch.

It's rare that a book grabs me so quickly: there are only a few that have some special quality that makes me sit up and say: "there's something important here."

Biggie is one of those books.

Even though I've never experienced the extreme weight that Biggie deals with, his character felt real and relatable. It's re
Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends
Last year I said I wanted to read something different from what I always read. Not because I am bored of the romance/erotica, but because it’s always good a change, and Biggie was definitely a big change for me. First, because this book has so much baseball - way too much for my taste, hence the 3,5 stars. - Second, Henry, or Biggie, was the kind of character I’ve never read before. He’s a young kid who doesn’t want to be noticed. His insecurities and all his teenager experiences makes him a ver ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Biggie" is a fantastic read! I can't say enough how much I loved the story. Author Derek Sullivan tells a story about a high school boy who's over 300 pounds. The words to describe the character's thoughts and feelings, just blew my mind. It was like I was back in high school again. His words could not be any truer.

The inner struggles of being a boy, in high school, born from an legendary baseball player, living in a small town in Iowa, and being socially awkward are all topics that are tackled
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put this down. I read it in four days, when it usually takes weeks for me to get through a book. This is a realistic glimpse into the mind of a smart yet obese teen. I was rooting for him right from the beginning, and felt like I was there when he pitched that perfect wiffle ball game on his first day of gym class in years (he got caught with a forged note from mom about not being physically able to participate. Biggie has learned to just shut his mouth in school because anyone who talk ...more
Madeline Marshall
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yal
It's hard to like the character Biggie but it's easy to love the book Biggie. One teens change over a few months and the reasons for it are what grip you in this book. It quite an inspiring look into the life of how a small town, heavy set young man deals with his problems. ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Henry --son of a baseball legend …not that he has ever met his father his dad never wanted him. Neither does his step-dad Laser. He is weird and prefers to stay in his 11 yr old stepbrothers shadow rather than being the center of attention... Annabelle his lifelong crush pays 0 attention to him, so he prefers to spend his time online with his multiple (online girlfriends)Oh ya he also weighs over 300 pounds earning the name Biggie teachers and his coach call him that only his mom calls him Henry ...more
Imagine trying to follow in your father's incredible footsteps, but you are the complete opposite from him. “Biggie is an overweight, non athletic, non sociable kid, who likes to stay home and not interact with others. On the other hand, his dad is one of Iowa’s most famous athletes and most respected players in the game of baseball. I was searching through the Wakefield library and came across this nonfiction book. Honestly, I read the back of the book and was instantly hooked. I liked how dif ...more
Palatine Library
Jun 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen-reviews
Derek Sullivan’s “Biggie” was a less-than enjoyable book for many reasons, most notably for its lack of likable characters and substance/message. In all great books, the protagonist goes through a change and learns something about themselves, allowing the reader to learn something new too. With this book, this is not the case. The main character doesn’t go through any great change that teaches him something. He has many flaws that are not addressed, acknowledged, or addressed. One of his biggest ...more
Lustful Literature
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing


I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book. The synopsis sounded good so I said to myself what the heck it sounds unique. Let me just say that I loved this book. I seriously had a book hangover for days and kept thinking about Henry a.k.a Biggie. I wanted to shout from the rooftops that everyone must read this book!!!!

The author sucks you in right away and this book took me on one hell of a
Lindsey Gilbert
Apr 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
I hardly ever quit a book but I couldn't make myself read anymore of this awful story.

I was hoping this would be something different. A book with a fat protagonist who discovers his own-self worth and learns to love himself as he is. Instead, it's the same old tropes. Fat characters get written into the same stereotypes constantly. They are usually either evil, stupid, or funny. "Biggie" or Henry, our main character, is the villain in his own story.

First of all, lets talk about Biggie's online
Chris N
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"I have noticed one undeniable fact: high school kids are cruel, mean sons-of-bitches, and not just toward fat people. Nobody is immued to the constant ripping"

Henry "Biggie" Abbot is 17 and on the plus side of 300 pounds. He has gotten so big that no one makes fun of him any more. He maintains high grades, keeps to himself and has so far avoided taking PE. His mother has tried and failed to get him to eat healthy and exercise. He has a vast amount of on line girlfriends but can't string two sen
Sarah Miller
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh man, I loved this book!

Okay, so I GENERALLY love books, but this was one of those books I read in two sittings. And the only reason I read it in two sittings (rather than one) is because I started it before bed... then went to bed way too late... then was really looking forward to my son's nap time so I could pick it back up again (sorry, kiddo!).

What made Biggie so remarkable to me was the genuineness of Biggie's voice. He was a compelling character for lots of reasons - a complicated relat
Mrs. Shaffer
I can’t believe this is a debut novel! It has almost edged out SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIEN AGENDA as my Morris pick for the year. (Almost! But I’m hopeful the committee is considering BIGGIE…)

Henry, aka “Biggie” Abbot, prides himself as much on his perfect GPA as he does on flying under the radar at school, no easy feat for a guy well over six feet and three-hundred pounds and growing, thanks to easy access to greasy treats at his convenience store job. The illegitimate son of his Iowa hometown’s
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I’m not sure what originally drew me to this book. I can’t really relate to Henry (aka Biggie) at all. I’ve been tiny for as long as I can remember, and I’m certainly not coordinated enough for any sports. But it’s refreshing to read a book so completely out of my comfort zone, and that’s exactly what this was.

There were parts of it that made me so extremely uncomfortable, but not for the reason you would think. Henry is so emotionally enclosed within himself, and sometimes his behavior left me
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Henry Abbot, Biggie, is happy with his rather solitary life until he pitches a perfect game of wiffle ball. That experience opens up possibilities in his mind, namely the possibility of getting his longtime crush, Annabelle, to go on a date with him. He hates sports, he is at least a hundred pounds overweight, and he cannot seem to speak coherently to anyone without the aid of a keyboard, but he thinks he might just be able to pitch a perfect game in baseball and win the respect of his home tow ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya
I signed up to be a part of this book tour because I was an obese teen in high school. While nowhere near as tall as Biggie, and therefore not weighing as much, I remember how terrible gym class was. I can still clearly feel the terror that was having to play volleyball and having everybody laugh at you. Sullivan did an excellent job of capturing this emotion, even though Biggie tried his best to hide how he felt.

I also enjoyed reading about how Biggie had his big plan to win the game, get the g
Sarah LeBlanc
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
‘Biggie’ is one of the first books this year that I can relate to. Because, I myself, am a bigger lady. Fluffy as I put it. I know the pain of being teased and made fun of in school. The author grabs your feels right in the beginning and takes you along right until the very end.

Biggie AKA Henry has quite the history and deals with so much in the present as well. He is a smart kid, with good grades. Henry chose to gain more weight as he grew up, because it kept people from him. He wanted to be le
Ms. C Rivas
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was surprised at how I was sucked into this book. Not to say that the prose isn't good but at first read it sounded like every other typical YA book. But something about Biggie's voice and his perception of things and his obsession with having a perfect game became infectious and next thing I knew I was through the whole thing.

Biggie is big, as in overweight, as in obese, but for some reason I had a hard time imagining him as such. And that only made me realize how much we perceive of others w
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Derek E. Sullivan is an award-winning reporter and columnist. As a reporter, he has written more than 1,000 stories about the lives of teenagers, which he attributes to helping him find his YA voice. He has an MFA from Hamline University and lives in Nebraska with his wife and three sons.

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