Monday, October 5, 2009

Review: Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff

Andy is a fat kid. But he's not the fattest kid in his school..he's the second fattest. He doesn't have a lot of self-confidence or friends and to make things more complicated, his parents have recently separated. But at one of his mom's catering events he meets a girl he really likes that sets things in motion for him.

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have is a story about Andy and how he tries to make new friends, get in with the popular crowd, play football, and get a girlfriend. So in many ways it feels like a bit of the typical high school story of a loser kid trying to get cool and then realizing the cool kids are not actually all that cool and that it's most important to just be yourself.

So even though the story was a bit predictable, I still really enjoyed reading it. It was interesting to read a story about weight from a male perspective and the writing while not spectacular was breezy and fun. I laughed out loud a few times while reading it and enjoyed rooting for Andy to come to his senses and get more self confidence.

Rating: 4/5
Source of Book: Review Copy



Sandy Nawrot said...

Yeah, even the title gives you a pretty good hint. Still, there are so many kids that have these issues, that even if it helps just one of them struggle through these difficult years, that's a good thing.

Margie Remmers said...

Right on! I agree that it would be interesting to read a book on weight from a male perspective--especially since more and more boys are struggling with weight (can you say obesity epidemic?) and self confidence.

Margie Remmers

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

Amy, is this Middle Grade or YA? I'm always looking for realistic boy-centered books for my 11 yr old

Anonymous said...

I love the title. It seems to just some up his feelings.

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