Book reviews of YA lit and more

As a middle school librarian and hopeful reader of Missouri's high school award books (Gateway nominees), I am reading and reviewing as many young adult and middle grade novels as I can while working on my own writing for this age group.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have- Allen Zadoff

Here is another book about a high school student with weight issues.  Do I detect a trend here?  Is childhood obesity becoming so rampant that there are this many book out about kids being overweight?  This was from a boy's point of view, which makes it a little different.  Andrew weighs in over 300 pounds and has never been one of the popular kids.  The only club he has ever participated in is the model UN, where this year he and his best friend are going to be Estonia.  All this changes as the result of a girl.  Andrew ends up going out for football, where his size is put to good use.  In the end he realizes being popular isn't exactly all it's cracked up to be.  This book isn't anything amazing, but it is fun.

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