Monday, October 4, 2010

Review of "The Earth, My Butt, and other BIG Round Things" by Carolyn Mackler

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things Any book with a title like this will grab my attention. I wish I would have read this book as a teen.

Disclaimer: This book has been borrowed. It was not given to me, the reviewer, in exchange for a review, nor was I given any monetary incentive for a positive review. However, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you use my links to buy this product or anything else from, I may profit. A teeny, tiny, barely there bit.

Type: YA Fiction, Highschool Sucks, Parents don't understand, Family Drama, Boy problems, Coming of Age

From the back of the book: "  Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex. She lives on the Web, snarfs junk food, and obeys the "Fat Girl Code of Conduct." Then there are other Shreveses: Mom is an exercise fiend and a successful adolescent psychogist; Dad, when not jet-setting, or golfing in Connecticut, ogles skinny women on TV; and older siblings Byron and Anais are slim, brilliant, and impossible to live up to. Delete Virginia and the Shreveses are a picture-perfect family.. until a phone call changes everything.  "

I think if a parent or authority figure read the first two or three pages of this book, and those pages only, they would see a good reason to ban/challenge this book. And after reading those first few pages, I understand why this book has been challenged. But if an adult actually takes the time to read this book, the whole way through, they would see how truly wonderful it is. This book left me with a wonderful feeling at the end, and I honestly wish I had known about it when I was younger. Virginia really triumphs in the end, and leaves even the reader feeling empowered.

This author deserves any and every award she got for this book. First off, there is no skirting on the emotional drama (the big brother Virginia always looked up to did WHAT?!). And secondly, I want to applaud the fact that the doctor Virginia's mother drags her to speaks to Virginia like she is an adult, and tells her she doesn't need to lose weight, she just needs to get healthy. And after seeing how Virginia deals with emotional stress, he finds a perfect solution for her - kickboxing. Virginia slowly learns to love herself, and she starts feeling again - instead of just numbly going through her life like she had been.

I would go into absolutely everything I loved about this book, but then this post would be as long as the book.. probably because I loved it all. I'm a teen no longer, but even so, this book left me with a wonderful feeling, so much so that I giddily hopped out of bed when I finished it and pranced around my room. That's right, I PRANCED. GIDDILY! If I have a daughter, when she reaches fifteen or so, I will definitely give her this book. If I had enough money, I'd buy a bunch of copies and give one to every teenaged girl I saw on the street. But probably people would be a little creeped out by me.

In short, I am giving "The Earth, My Butt, and Other BIG Round Things" by Carolyn Mackler a FIVE out of FIVE (5/5). I loved this book. I'd make everyone read it if I could. I sincerely hope other girls, whether they're teenaged or older, read this book and feel the same sense of Girl Power I did.

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Have a wonderful Monday! Or at least as good as Monday can get. ^_~
~!~ Morning Glow

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