Author: Carolyn Mackler
Summary:Reminiscent of Speak, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things deals with an extremely difficult subject realistically but with a touch of humor and a positive, resilient outlook. Virginia Shreves is not only a bit larger than average, she is the black sheep of her family, who are all intelligent, slender, and stylish. While her older brother is wildly successful at college and her parents are prestigious and well-to-do,
Review:A definite girl-power book, Big Round Things deals honestly with the very real issues of disordered eating and the importance of appearance in our society. Powerful scenes of Virginia abusing her own body in tears and dealing with stress through food help send messages to teens about their bodies without being preachy, moralistic or overly factual – Mackler does a great job of showing the effects of obesity and disordered eating instead of just talking about it.