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Big Guy

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Derek thinks he might be falling in love. The problem is, he hasn't been entirely honest with his online boyfriend. Derek sent Ethan a photo taken before he got depressed and gained eighty pounds. Derek hasn't been honest with his employer either. When he lied about his age and experience to get a job with disabled adults, the last thing he expected was to meet a woman lik ...more
Paperback, 106 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Rebecca McNutt
Everybody tells harmless little white lies, but what about when your whole life revolves around bigger and badder lies? For Derek, his depression, his weight and his insecurities about being gay are all traits he tries to bury under stories, photos and fibs. This ambivalent teen starts to wonder if he's gone too far, but at the same time, how do you come clean when it's too late? Is there ever a way to take back a lie without ruining your reputation?

Big Guy was a book that initially I didn't thi
Jennifer Wardrip
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Derek is seventeen. He has dropped out of school and is working in a nursing home. He lives alone with his less-than-supportive father who looks down on everything in Derek's life. Derek can't even imagine what his father would do if he knew the truth - Derek is gay.

Recently, Derek has been exchanging emails with Ethan. They have established a real friendship over the Internet. In fact, the friendship has blossomed into much more, a
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Robin Stevenson – Big Guy (Review)

Finished: 09/04/2014

4 Twinkling Stars.

Apart from the problems I had with my copy, the book was alright.

Even though in some places it seemed as if either the writing or the characters were stilted, there was just something about it that clicked with me. I had a couple of teary eyed moments, a couple of pissed moments at Derek A.K.A Big Guy for his constant put-downs about himself but thinking back on my teenage years, I spent time doing the same, much like
Oct 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Derek is a 17 year old boy. He is different than the others though because he's... he's gay. He drops out of school and, lied about his age to get into a job. Which actually worked wonders, but not only that he met a guy named Ethan online which pretty much made his day. Every day he would talk to him and went to work to meet a woman. Her name was Aaliyah, and she tells him the truth about anything because they actually have a lot in common. When Derek sends a picture of himself he realizes that ...more
Shawn Bird
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, ya
Orca Soundings are high interest, low vocab, and so sometimes the story feels a little bare. This one, while without extraneous fluff, had clear voice, an engaging story, and felt like a satisfying read. I liked the matter-of-fact tone, the nicely crafted characters , and the authentic portrayal of the youth. Recommended!

BTW I am baffled by some of the reviews, which almost sound like they read a different book. Yes, Derek is gay, but that is not particularly relevant to the story. The conflict
This book Big Guy is about a boy who is confused about which gender he should date. He is confused because he is having many conversations with a boy online and he is dating that boy from online. And theirs this girl who he dated before and he cant stopm thinking about her. And he thinks that he should date her because it feels right.
This boy's internal conflict is, should he date the boy online because it make Derek(the boy) feel special, or date the girl because it feels right. He didnt deci
Dec 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Big Guy is about a boy who's mother left and has to live with his dad. The guy is a high school dropout because his mom left and he was sad. The guy happens to be gay but his father wouldn't allow that so he never told his father that he was gay. The guy had been in an online relationship but the guy didn't want to meet with him for personal reasons.

I can make a text to self connection. My text to self connection is that a family member of mine left. Instead of my mother leaving it was my father
Apr 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Big guy is about a boy who is having trouble with life when his mother left a year ago, and he is hiding a secret from his dad he is gay, and he is dating a man over the internet and the guys name is ethan.

I can connect this book to world war 2 because the jews were trying to keep a big secret from the nazis and if the nazis found out what they were doing then the jews would be kill on the spot.

I give this book 5 stars because it was dramatic and it was like a real live story, if you want to
Xiao Wen
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 10th-grade
There are two main themes in this book. The most obvious one is about the discrimination of homosexuals. This theme relates to the traditional stereotypes, because most of the traditional people can not accept homosexuals. In the book, even though the father does not know his son is homosexual exactly, but he clearly told his son that he can not accept it. Another theme in the book is people usually do not want realism in their lives when they already get used to the unrealistic one, or maybe th ...more
Jaime Arredondo
I honestly think this book was pretty good. Considering it was kinda like a love story book. It had a great plot. Derek spends a lot of time on the internet, he meets a special guy and he ask derek to send a picture of himself to see what he looks like. Derek sent him a picture of him when he was a lot skinner. Now they're wanting to meet and derek is afraid on how to explain his lie. He's been living more lies as well, he lies about his experience to get the job working with the elderly, He mee ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend the book "Big Guy". This book talks about Derek and how he dropped out of high school and he got a new job working with elders. He feels like his life is becoming a complete disaster after he sends Ethan a picture of himself from one year ago when he was skinny. Then later on Ethan tells him his sister is getting married and he wants to stop by and visit him. At this point Derek feels like he has done the biggest mistake of his life sending Ethan a picture of what he looked lik ...more
Nov 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Derek is not like the other boys in school. He is gay. Derek is dating Ethan online. Derek sent Ethan a picture of him a few years ago, but he has gained a little weight. Derek's father is homophobic (he doesn't accept or like homosexuals)
I can make a text to movie connection, in Prayers for Bobby, Bobby is also about 17+ boy. He is gay. His mother was raised up in a household where being a homosexual or gay is a sin. If you watch the movie, you will see what happens to Bobby, it is life chang
Ryan Byfield
This book is about a young girl and her dad he did not like the way she behave like wearing her shoes in the house and comming in the late Houres she got in a argument with her dad and chose to go live with her best friend.the main character is Ethan,Francine and Gabi the Story is all about a young girl keeping secrets from her dad. MY opinion of the book is that is that the book is a Very interested book to read because it tells me how kids are are very disobedient to their parents. yes i like ...more
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I even recommended it to my friend who hardly ever reads, and he loved it as well. Practically an orphan, as his father takes no care of him and his mother is gone, Derek gets in several emotion-provoking situations that change his self-esteem/confidence through out this book. I say it's worth reading because it's a very quick read and if you like it great, if you don't that's not much time wasted.
I personally wouldn't recommend this book because even tho it does try to show some of the issues and problems certain people face today. In reality it touched more of emotional issues and was vary passive as it went on even when the climax of the problem came on. with this said if you like to read about relationship problems and them people helping each other with there issues i think this would be the book for you.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Derek is in an online relationship with Ethan, but when Ethan wants a picture Derek sends an old one - - when he was 80 pounds lighter. Now, with the possibility of meeting Ethan in person, Derek wants to break up instead of admitting he’s gained weight. This short novel is part of the Orca Soundings series, low level, high interest titles for High School students. A few crude sexual references but nothing explicit. Appropriate for the right high school student.
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of the Orca Soundings (i.e. a short book for reluctant readers). It's about an overweight gay youth and his struggle with accepting his issues. I thought it was really sweet and cute. Though it's very short, it's plenty to really love him. Highly recommended for a nice quick read.
Sue Nash
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A compact story for the more reluctant reader. A solid story about social issues many teens face, dysfunctional family, self esteem and sexuality. The format is suited to dyslexic reader with mat off white paper and well spaced text.
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Seems a little like a shell of a very good idea for a book but way too short for any meaningful character or plot developments.
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nsikan Akpan
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I just might read this again
Ya Pre-ged
Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The book talks about a girl name Danni witch in the main character of this story. A she is living with her mothers
Mina Burnett
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: hi
its a really good book!!
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
in my opinion this is the most boring book ive read this month because i didnt feel the conection between the characters
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Good hi-lo YA novel with a current theme. Stevenson does the story justice without being overly wordy, and treats the boy-boy love interest with a deft hand.
Mar 04, 2010 added it
Dakota Vaughn
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought the book was very interesting on how a young man can have so many feelings for his friend. I would recommend to a limited crowd.
Nov 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
I think this was the worst book ive ever read it was pointless and it has the worst ending i just didnt like it that much but you might.
Kenneth taylor
Oct 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
this book is terrible i mean just awful
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Robin Stevenson is an award winning Canadian author of more than 20 books for teens and children. Her book PRIDE: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY was a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book, and she has won or been a finalist for numerous other awards. She is a 2019 YA mentor for We Need Diverse Books.

She has four new books coming out in 2019- a board book called PRIDE COLORS (Orca, March 2019), a nonfic
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