Parents' Guide to

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Funny overweight girl goes through some heavy stuff.

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age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 12+

Has such an important message

I think that every teenage girl should read this. Ive made all of my students read this, and the message is amazing. Virginia has convinced herself that she is unloveable because of her weight. Her mutter pushes her to change,and that the only reason that her mutter begins to like her. Her perfect older brother rapes a girl and Virginia's parents shrug it off. Virginia stops her diet because she is so torn apart by her brother's actions. Her parents shunn her, and Virginia realizes that she only changed her body image to make them happy; she should have done it to make herself happy is she wanted to. Virginia deals with so many resonable struggles, you cannot miss reading this book, it can be LIFE-CHANGING

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 13+

Highly Recommended

Once a fat girl, now a mom of an athletic but bigger tween girl, I found this book a breath of fresh air. The fat girl dating rules took me right back to high school (and college!), while remembering the shame of being fat, desperately trying to fit in, and constantly feeling like a failure in spite of admirable accomplishments. I look forward to my daughter reading this book in the future and discussing it with her.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (13):

Readers, especially teen girls, will likely relate to Virginia, and they will certainly respect her growing ability to stand up for herself. Though this book could use a bit more scathing humor -- and a deeper exploration of some of the more serious issues it raises -- Mackler is able to impart a message of self-acceptance through her self-deprecating narrator. Readers will appreciate the emails and journal entries that add realism to Virginia's coming-of-age story.


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