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

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

Book - 2003 | 1st U.S. ed.
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Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2003.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780763619589
Branch Call Number: TEEN MACKLER
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 22 cm.


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JCLBeckyC Mar 03, 2016

Good, but not great. Published thirteen years ago, it doesn't quite hold up today. Ginny is unbelievably pathetic throughout most of the story, and only toward the Hollywood-like ending does she-surprise-develop some confidence. Normally I love pathetic people because I can relate to their insecurity, but Ginny's character is a tad too two-dimensional, not a fully fleshed out character worthy of my concern. I also didn’t like how the author handled the date-rape subplot, as if she just needed a “juicy” reason for us to stop liking that character, rather than giving that heavy subject matter the serious treatment it deserves. If the book had been published today, as more and more real-life rape survivors are finding their voice, I suspect the author would have handled the subject more delicately. Still, the story is compelling enough that I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. I do want to give this book a shout out, though, for featuring a “Health at Every Size” promoting doctor character years before that body acceptance movement became a thing. Like I said, it’s good. Just not great. If you want great, try Dumplin' by Julie Murphy.

Jun 23, 2015

I thought that this book was going to be extremely boring, but it's actually really interesting :)

Black_Dog_300 Nov 04, 2013

I absolutely love this book. Nobody should feel left out just because o their body size. If you friends tell you your fat and bug you about it, Your kindness, not your jean size. The weight of love, not the weight on the scale. YOU not other people, not the scale, the mirror, the internet, the models, the magazines. They don't matter. YOU DO!

Aug 28, 2013

This my favourite book so far!!!!! It made me cry a bit because of her struggle through her weight problem. Plus it made me laugh at some parts!! I would give this book an A+++++!!!!! ;)

Aug 06, 2013

Really,really funny book!

Mar 10, 2013

I think this is an amazing book. I recommend this book parents to your daughters. I remember reading this book when it first came out. Growing up I was always the heaviest person on my family, and I even felt the same way Virginia did at times. Parents every girl goes through a point in their lives where they think they are the heaviest, and not the prettiest girl in school. If your daughter is feeling that way, and even if not this is still a book for you, her or anyone. The author Carolyn did a phenomenal job.

Nov 06, 2012

Such an absolutely fantastic book !

Aug 28, 2012

This was a well-written book and very effective in dealing with the topic of body image in teens

Mar 31, 2012

then i lent it to my brother.and he hated it so he gave it to his girlfriend. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Mar 16, 2012

I LOVED this book! Coming from a person who is slightly "larger-than-average" it really helped put everything into perspective :)

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Black_Dog_300 Nov 04, 2013

Does " doing exactly what you want " mean not thinking about other people's feelings? Because that's not the kind of person I am. Maybe it can mean whatever I want it to mean, like taking care of myself and not letting people walk all over me. Yes, that's much more like it.

Black_Dog_300 Nov 04, 2013

7. And finally, let's face it. If you had a small, puny present and a big, round present, which one would you open first? The big, round one, right? Who ever said smaller is better? NO ONE, that's who!! - Virginia Shreves

Jul 10, 2010

"Why can't you say it out loud, Mom?" I shout. "I'm fat, Ok? F-A-T. But that doesn't mean I have to hide beneth layers of fabric. That doesn't mean I'm exactly like you used to be, ashamed of showing my body. That doesn't mean I have to get my dress from stupid old Salo--"
Mom cuts me off."I've had quite enough of you this afternoon," she says curtly.


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Mar 16, 2012

Virginia is fat. F-A-T. She's basically given up on ever becoming skinny, but her ultra-thin and healthy mother won't hear of it. Virginia battles tons of drama--from seeing a "fat" doctor, to long distance friends, a love interest with a boy named Froggy.... and, biggest of all, her law-breaking brother. Virginia must rely on hope to be happy.


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