The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn MacklerWhile she's interested in the whole team, she'd settle for just getting to second base with Froggy Welsh the Fourth on a Monday after school. Now being overweight doesn't have to be an obstacle at all, and Froggy's actually all about getting up Virginia's shirt the verdict's still out on the Yankees , but Virginia's surrounded by skinny popular girls at school, and things aren't any better at home. Not only is the rest of her family thin and beautiful, her mother is constantly monitoring her food consumption and her dad has a knack for making terrible off-handed body comments. So in Virginia's world, being fat definitely constitutes a problem. Until a fateful phone call, that is, which knocks her brother off his pedestal, unravels everything Virginia's ever understood about her family and her self, and sets her up to head down the totally righteous path to unapologetic self-discovery. Carolyn Mackler's young-adult novel might be more than a decade old, but it's still totally relevant.
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The earth, my butt, and other big, round things
It was a very raw time in my life. I was less than a decade out of my teen years. I was trying to understand my relationship with my parents and my older brother. I was grappling with the fact that I often feel like an outsider in the world. I created Virginia Shreves because she appeared in my imagination, as characters tend to do, but also because I was trying to figure things out. Now ready for a crazy history lesson? The internet was new and enticing.