Title: The Earth, My Butt, & Other Big Round Things
Author: Carolyn Mackler
Publication date: June, 14, 2005
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Publisher: Candlewick Press
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Fifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex, especially when she compares herself to her slim, brilliant, picture-perfect family. But that’s before a shocking phone call — and a horrifying allegation — about her rugby-star brother changes everything. With irreverent humor and surprising gravity, Carolyn Mackler creates an endearingly blunt heroine who speaks to every teen who struggles with family expectations, and proves that the most impressive achievement is to be true to yourself.
Many people i know have read this book, and all of them said great things about it. When i saw it in the library, i decided to borrow it and read it. It was a great book, and i honestly think every teenager out there should go ahead and read it. Since im also a teenager, i could relate to the character very much.
Lets talk about the main character here, who is Virginia. I honestly think the author captured her feelings perfectly. It felt like i was actually reading about a teenager who was talking about her story, and not a grown woman. I felt like it was very easy to understand Virginia, especially about trying to fit in and all that stuff. In this century, lots of girls are having problems about trying to fit in, and trying to have the perfect body and all that. Therefore, i think it was beautifully written.
The story was lovely. It was nice reading this book because it felt so realistic. It might actually be happening to many girls right now. The thing with her brother felt so REAL to me. I also have an older brother, and i look up to him very much. So i kind of understood how Virginia felt. If he ever did anything as horrible as that (God Forbid) i would feel the same feelings as she did. It was perfect how the author knew exactly how to make Virginia react towards these incidents.
It was also a very funny book. I enjoyed it overall, and i really do recommend it to every girl out there. Even though it isnt a new book, since it was published in 2005, put all your new books down, and start reading this. You wont regret it.