Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Review: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

Title: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
Author: Carolyn Mackler
Publication Date: June 14th, 2005


Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex. She lives on the Web, snarfs junk food, and obeys the "Fat Girl Code of Conduct." Then there are the other Shreveses: Mom is an exercise fiend and a successful adolescent psychologist; Dad, when not jet-setting, or golfing in Connecticut, ogles skinny women on TV; and older siblings Byron and Anais are slim, brilliant, and impossible to live up to. Delete Virginia, and the Shreveses are a picture-perfect family . . . until a phone call changes everything.

This book has been sitting on my shelf for a few YEARS, and I wish that I had picked it up sooner. I really enjoyed reading about Virginia's struggle with her weight, from the beginning where she kept putting herself down all the time and following the "Fat Girl Code of Conduct", to when she finally started trying to get healthier and be more optimistic. I thought her parents were a bit unrealistic at times, I mean, her mother is an adolescent psychologist, but seems to only be able to talk to Virginia about her weight? Or her father, who constantly makes remarks about how beautiful skinny girls are, and, if only Virginia would lose 20 or 30 pounds..

I like how it was written, because the whole time I was reading this book I felt like Virginia was becoming my new best friend. I wanted to cheer her on and I could definitely sympathize with her. I love how she started to become more self-confident and started to stand up for herself more. This book was a great story of how standing up for yourself and not letting others get the best of you can really improve your outlook on everything, even if it's something as simple as coloring your hair, or talking to someone new.

I'm honestly not sure what else to say about it, other than I really enjoyed reading it. I'm sure most of you have already read it, but if you haven't, I think you should give it a try. :)

Characters: 9/10
Plot: 8/10
Originality: 9/10
Writing: 9/10
Overall grade: B


Lianne said...

I loved this book too! I agree the more I read the more I felt like I was actually talking to her!

Laura Howard said...

Loved this book, she's a great narrator!

wdebo said...

Cool, I've been wondering for a while whether I should read this book or not.. :D

Wdebo :)

Susan said...

i thought this book was great -- so much so that i read two other books by the author, which were also very good!

susan fine

robin_titan said...

Great review. Now I know what to expect hehe I got this book a last month or so, it's good to know more about it.