The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round ThingseBook - 2003
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Does " doing exactly what you want " mean not thinking about other people's feelings? Because that's not the kind of person I am. Maybe it can mean whatever I want it to mean, like taking care of myself and not letting people walk all over me. Yes, that's much more like it.
7. And finally, let's face it. If you had a small, puny present and a big, round present, which one would you open first? The big, round one, right? Who ever said smaller is better? NO ONE, that's who!! - Virginia Shreves
"Why can't you say it out loud, Mom?" I shout. "I'm fat, Ok? F-A-T. But that doesn't mean I have to hide beneth layers of fabric. That doesn't mean I'm exactly like you used to be, ashamed of showing my body. That doesn't mean I have to get my dress from stupid old Salo--"
Mom cuts me off."I've had quite enough of you this afternoon," she says curtly.
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Virginia is fat. F-A-T. She's basically given up on ever becoming skinny, but her ultra-thin and healthy mother won't hear of it. Virginia battles tons of drama--from seeing a "fat" doctor, to long distance friends, a love interest with a boy named Froggy.... and, biggest of all, her law-breaking brother. Virginia must rely on hope to be happy.
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