Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763661199, 264pp.
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Her sister was captured in Iraq, she's the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat. Can a daring new girl in her life really change anything?
Angie is broken by her can t-be-bothered mother, by her high-school tormenters, and by being the only one who thinks her varsity-athlete-turned-war-hero sister is still alive. Hiding under a mountain of junk food hasn t kept the pain (or the shouts of "crazy mad cow ") away. Having failed to kill herself in front of a gym full of kids she's back at high school just trying to make it through each day. That is, until the arrival of KC Romance, the kind of girl who doesn t exist in Dryfalls, Ohio. A girl who is one hundred and ninety-nine percent wow A girl who never sees her as Fat Angie, and who knows too well that the package doesn t always match what's inside. With an offbeat sensibility, mean girls to rival a horror classic, and characters both outrageous and touching, this darkly comic anti-romantic romance will appeal to anyone who likes entertaining and meaningful fiction.
Charlton-Trujillo offers a hard-hitting third novel that swings between incredibly painful low moments and hard-won victories.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The voice of a dry and direct third-person narrator works in a story laden with heavy topics, including war, death, suicide, cutting, bullying, and homosexuality.
—School Library Journal (starred review)