Book Review: "Fat Angie" by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Fat Angie is in her freshman year of high school (for the second time).  She couldn’t complete the year the first time around after her much-adored big sister was captured with her unit by the Taliban in the Middle East.  Now, Angie refuses to give up hope that her sister will come home while dealing with school bullies, her mother who can’t be bothered to even listen to her, and her weight.  When a new girl shows up a school and actually wants to be friends with her – Angie can’t even believe it.  And when their friendship shows signs of possible being more…  will Fat Angie finally find the inner strength and fortitude to stand up for herself?

This book has been on my radar for a while now.  I don’t even remember how long I’ve even had it in my possession!  But this is a character that will stick with you.  She’s far from perfect, and does not magically fix all her flaws by the end of the book, but you can feel for her.  She is tormented by all the people all around her – even her therapist doesn’t seem like much help or support for her.  So Angie needs to dig deep and figure out who she can rely on… who she can really trust.  There aren’t that many people on that list.

The book itself has some issues, especially at the beginning.  It starts out a bit shaky and confusing, but the writing gets figured out after a couple short chapters.  This kind of coincides with the introduction of KC Romance, the new girl at school.  She is not without her own personal baggage, but I really get into the developing relationship between her and Angie.  It is kind of like an emotional roller coaster, but you really feel the confusion Angie feels as she is contemplating her own sexuality for the first time.  She has zero experience in the love department, so everything is new to her.   I did find it a little irritating that she kept describing herself and KC as gay-girl gay though.  Very annoying.  However, discovering this truth about herself helps build her confidence that benefits her in other ways.

Fat Angie
by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
Candlewick Press, 2013
264 pages
Source:  Purchased New

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