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By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Smart, funny, body-positive coming-of-age story.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Nice story about diversity, a fun read

This is a fun read for older teens. My issue for younger kids is there is much talk about sex and some pretty descriptive scenes surrounding sex and kissing. Language can be strong in spots, and it is completely unneeded. I feel the author missed the mark by adding in what she thinks kids want, which is sex and language, This book would have been absolutely perfect of a younger teen if she had just removed some of that which detracted from the story. Overall, for older teens it is a fun read and lighthearted!
age 10+

Touching Story

Touching story about girls feeling uncomfortable in her body. There is some mild language like "hell" but should be perfectly fine for ten and up. There is no sex, the main character does end up kissing but it is perfectly age appropriate.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Smart, funny, confident, beautiful, and -- oh, yeah -- fat Texas teen Willowdean is a breath of fresh air. Author Julie Murphy brings an authenticity and universality to her heroine’s voice as Willowdean searches to restore her self-confidence. Even teens who've never been overweight will relate to Willowdean's insecurities and learn how to get past their own. Issues about insecurity that anyone can understand, as well as many specific to body positivity, are honestly and forthrightly presented in many ways, from funny to poignant to infuriating and everything in between.

Colorful, believable characters round out small-town Clover City, Texas. Teens will enjoy rooting for Willowdean and her misfit friends as they claim their rightful places in society as people who deserve respect and happiness.

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