by Carolyn Mackler
June 14, 2005
Borrowed from Library
Synopsis (from Publisher): Fifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex, especially when she compares herself to her slim, brilliant, picture-perfect family. But that’s before a shocking phone call — and a horrifying allegation — about her rugby-star brother changes everything. With irreverent humor and surprising gravity, Carolyn Mackler creates an endearingly blunt heroine who speaks to every teen who struggles with family expectations, and proves that the most impressive achievement is to be true to yourself.
I loved this book SO MUCH. I’m pretty sure I can’t even write a coherent review here because all I am about this is starry eyes and flailing hands. So I heard about The Earth, My Butt... after listening to the author on NPR (yeah, you knew I was a dork) about the new anthology Dear Bully. I ran across a copy of The Earth, My Butt while putting together a display for Banned Books Week at the library. Which obviously meant I had to substitute another book (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret if you’re curious) and check out Mackler’s book myself.
Coherence is at a minimum so what I’m going to do here is just list the parts that made me so happy.
- Virginia’s funny, sarcastic, completely blunt voice
- Every character being realistically flawed
- Adult mentors. Adult mentors!
- Eyebrow piercings
- Characters named after authors
- Family that means well even as they hurt you
- Virginia not suddenly becoming thin
- Learning that even your heroes are real and very, very fallible
- Virginia learning how to find her own voice and use it at home and school
- Realistic teenage worries about boys
- Anais’ fantastic advice on making out and sex.