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.
©2015 Deirdre Riordan Hall (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"Teen anti-bullying book."
This book is geared toward teens. Fat girl with low self-esteem comes into her own. A little smaltzy, but performed well. I think there are some kids who this book could really help. Having said that, it seemed that the author had more of an agenda (bullying) than a desire to tell a really good story.
"Yes, Plenty of Eating, but Even More Heart!"
I wasn't sure that I was going to like "Sugar" as much as I did. After all, it's fraught with her self-loathing, with her eating to soothe just about any kind of jangled nerve. And there's plenty to jangle even the most steady of nerves. Kids hate her, her brother's sadistic, her mother is a self-absorbed and horribly abusive tyrant that she slaves for.
Enter Even. I kind of had problems with him at first because his halo's so huge, but he has his own secrets, his own problems, so it winds up working well.
Sugar, Mercy, starts finding nourishment of another kind. And when it all hits the fan and she has to decide who she wants to be, the story brings love, memories, hidden treasures. It was satisfying on the whole, and very, very believable.
Tara Sands narrates it so well, with the cynicism of youth, the wry sense of humor of a girl just trying to get along. Well done!
Please keep in mind that this book is NOT for 11-13 year olds, as Audible categorizes it. This is for young adults, or those who remember terrible times in their past. It's a very healing story that will bring satisfaction and peace.
Heart wrenching, hopeful, surreal.
I don't know of any I could compare it to.
When Sugar reads the letters from Even stating his love for her. My favorite and the scene that made me cry the most!
I laughed and I cried like a baby. Didn't want to finish it for fear of crying more, but I'm glad I did!
Such a wonderful story; Especially for young girls battling bullying or self image issues. I wish this book had been around when I was younger, It would've helped me through some of my own weight issues. Well written and spoken. Love this book!
this was a great listen. excellent story and narration. I couldn't put it down. causes me to do some serious soul searching!
Beautiful, touching story from a point of view that we don't often get. I loved every minute of it. 5 stars and highly recommend. Make sure you bring out the tissues...
"Like a fly on the wall"
The story line hit home. She was a survivor. She took control of her destiny. If you love to see the underdog win this is the book for you.
Precious. Same type of emotional abuse and neglect. Same heroin different story line. The underdog is a champ.
The reader was so well read. She was able to switch between characters with such ease. I felt like a fly on the wall in the lives of the characters. At times she had me in tears as if I were there being witness to the cruelty or triumphs.
A must listen/read!!
"Predictable story, great narration"
The narration along with the first person storytelling made this a very good listening experience.
this sections makes you use a specific amount of words before it let's u comment. I believe there are works that only need one word. loverly
"incredible performance be the reader."
loved it! didn't want it
to to end, but I couldn't put it down.
very enjoyable reader/performer and I will look for more books read by her. I feel I learned a great deal about Sugar ' s challenges.
"EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER!!!!!!! (In a good way)"
Yes. Yes. And YES!!!!!!!! This story takes you through the emotional journey of someone coming into their own. It forces you to look at yourself (flaws and all), and embrace them. I truly can not say enough about this book, but at the same time I am lost for words because it was so direct and raw.
Trying to say this w/o Spoilers: After Even went out on the snow mobile, and Sugar turned back to sweets. The fact that they did not have the same effect on her was a testament on how far she'd come with her eating addiction. But it also showed her she was using the food to fill a void.
No, I have not. But I truly enjoyed this one.
I did. Again, no Spoilers: There were many, MANY moments when tears streamed down my face. However, the most emotional moment was when Sugar "purchased" the motorcycle. The entire scene made me an emotional wreck.
One of the best books I ever read. So much of sugar's life reminded me of my own. The bullying and the weight issues that I've struggled through. This book explained so much about my eating issues, and I felt like I got a free therapy session.
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