This modernized version of The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things includes a new cover, bonus materials, and a teaser chapter of the long-awaited . The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things is an award-winning young adult novel by Carolyn Mackler. It follows the life of Virginia Shreves, who lives. Carolyn Mackler (born July 13, in Manhattan) is an American author of young adult literature. She has written nine novels including Infinite in Between; Love and Other Four-Letter Words; The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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. With irreverent humor and surprising gravity, Carolyn Mackler creat 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.
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. Paperbackpages.
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Will this be turned into a movie if it’s not already? Brigitte I have been hoping for oneI’d be really excited if they do. Lists with This Book. Apr 18, Suzanne rated it liked it Shelves: I am not sure how I feel about this one.
I even slept on it before reviewing it. On one hand, it is a good teen book Why, it’s a Printz Honor! On the other, why does every fat girl protagonist have to be so darn pathetic? There must be some sort of checklist authors use for an overweight novel: All the stereotypes are aligned Although it is adult chick lit and not the YA genre “The Earth However, Cannie Shapiro was still pathetic chasing that no-good-exboyfriend around like a fool.
So for once, I’d like to read a novel where the heavy weight heroine is just that–a heroine. Make her confident, make her well-dressed, make her family normal, make her popular, make her someone who doesn’t sleep on top of Frosted Flakes and cashews. Just stop making her a sassy loser. I was not heavy teen nor am I heavy adult, so maybe I am totally full of crap and have no idea what I am talking about. But I know Lorie will concur with my review.
View all 26 comments. Sep 28, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it really liked it Shelves: Find all of my reviews at: Do you actually think that by removing stories like these from school libraries that it will also magically eliminate any nastiness from ever occurring to your speshul snowflakes????
The good news is, I loved Virginia enough for at least 20 or 25 naysayers. And I loved the messages contained in this little slice of awesome even more.
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
So what kind of things are within the pages of this little gem? But first, to all the helicopter parents out there. And discovers that while she feels this way. Most importantly, Virginia eventually comes to terms with the fact that this line of mackller is disgusting. Because everyone deserves friendship and ths — no matter their size. I loved watching Virginia find her voice and realize that. And to any youngster who might be reading this review who can relate to Virginia.
View all 11 comments. I read this exclusively because I got an ARC of the sequel, which is inexplicably coming out this year. To this contemporary. For the most part, this is just a strange reading experience.
When I was in elementary school, I was obsessed with reading contemporaries well above the age I was supposed to be reading. It was really caropyn to access these books because I lived in a neighborhood with a library in it, and the library then had a very small, very limited young adult section.
It was pretty much all early-to-mid s contemporaries like this one. And since the whole thing was limited to a handful of shelves, I read almost all of them. I read them disinterestedly, with detachment, as if I were a researcher studying slugs who correctly views slugs as being mildly disgusting. Also like slugs, these books were largely interchangeable. Slugs all look the same, I think, and I will not confirm this because I refuse to look it up and therefore voluntarily regard a slug.
Reading this book was like being forced to reread a book nine- or ten-year-old me read with the clear, clear eyes that a decade of character development has brought me. It was not a fun experience. Outside of that, even, there was a wildly outdated depiction of being overweight. It is not impossible to be fat and healthy.
Any generalized stigmatization of fatness is an unfair one. But in this book, fat is equated to bad. She thinks her best friend is embarrassed of her and tired of her. She thinks her parents are ashamed of her.
She turns to crash tue and over-exercise and even self-harm.
By the end of the book, she appears to suddenly love herself on the basis of an eyebrow piercing and a bathroom dye job, but none of the really damaging things in this book are confronted. Including vitriolic, self-hating lists of what fat girls are thd to do in relationships and otherwise.
A lot has changed since then. The sequel has a hell of a lot of damage repair to do in order to macmler its existence. View all 6 comments. Jul 01, C. This one was a strange mix of empowering and kinda problematic for me?? I’m a bit at a loss of what to think tbh. The underline of the whole story is: Which is a good message!
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
And honestly I love how Virginia learned to accept and love herself for who sh This one was a strange mix of empowering and kinda problematic for me?? And honestly I love how Virginia learned to accept and love herself for who she is, to not be carilyn of being fat, and to stop being crushed by her family’s smothering expectations. AND okay yes “nobody is perfect” but that doesn’t mean you can be horrific and just be easily forgiven.
But Virginia is such a nice person!
She’s kind of funny and honest and she believes very deeply about things. I really enjoyed her narration! But alsoooo There were some things that seriously freaking disturbed me.
And I’m not totally keen on how they were handled. Her mum is a child psychologist, but legit praises her daughter for getting an eating disorder also her Darth has an eating disorder. Look, I think the book said some good things.
AND it was well written and captivating. I loved Virginia and I loved that she was 15!! It’s tough being It just had touch on a ton of dark topics which it brushed mzckler so lightly it kind of made me feel ill how they were handled in the end. View all 4 comments. Dec 03, Shelly rated it it was amazing. Virginia could be someone macker actually know. Virginia could even be you.
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things: Carolyn Mackler: Bloomsbury YA
Anyone who’s ever been given a variation darolyn the criticism, “You could be pretty if One thing that struck a note of reality with me was Virginia’s mother. I used to teach and had a student who transferred to my school a couple of months into the school year.
She was in Realistic eartj. She was in one of my classes. Her transfer grades were excellent, all As and Bs. Remarks and comments in her file from previous teachers indicated she was also well behaved and nice to be around.