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.
"Starred Review. The abuses Angie suffers are hard to stomach - her mother can be truly cruel ("No one is ever going to love you if you stay fat," she tells Angie at one point) - making the happiness the teenager is able to find, both through KC's help and her own persistence, come as a relief. Ages 14up" - Publishers Weekly
"Creative prose and sharp interactions, marred only by some stereotyping; a fresh read nevertheless." - Kirkus
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E. E. Charlton-Trujillo is an award-winning filmmaker and YA novelist. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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