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Sugar
by Deirdre Riordan Hall


Overview -

I m the fat Puerto Rican Polish girl who doesn t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I ve always been too much and yet not enough.

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen.  Read more...


 
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Overview

I m the fat Puerto Rican Polish girl who doesn t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I ve always been too much and yet not enough.

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.

When Sugar meets Even (not Evan his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.

Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.

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Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781477829387
  • ISBN-10: 1477829385
  • Publisher: Skyscape
  • Publish Date: June 2015
  • Page Count: 276
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-17


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Health & Daily Living - Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hall, author of the self-published Follow Your Bliss series for adults, presents the story of 17-year-old Sugar Legowski-Garcia, whose abusive home life, compulsive eating, and lack of self-esteem threaten to bury her. Sugar and her family all suffer from obesity. They inhabit a dilapidated house in a “forgotten corner of New Hampshire” where Sugar’s bedridden mother, who weighs more than 500 pounds, treats Sugar like a servant, and Sugar’s brother, Skunk, is cruel and physically abusive. Taunted at school as much as she is at home, Sugar is consumed by shame and despair until a boy named Even, who has his own family problems, comes to town. Even provides needed distractions, adventures, and encouragement until tragedy strikes, pushing the story into melodrama. While the dialogue can be schmaltzy and the messaging heavy-handed (“We’re both stuck, with nowhere to go, and no way to get there”), Sugar’s character has depth, and her unhappiness and determination to conquer it are realistically portrayed. Readers will sympathize with Sugar and understand her struggle to reach her full potential. Ages 13–up. (June)

 
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