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Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Charming novel promotes body positivity and self-acceptance.

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age 13+

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age 13+

Amazing!

This book was fantastic. It highlighted body image and helped bring awareness and that is something children need to understand and be educated on and this really hit the mark. Also the diversity within the characters was OUTSTANDING. I finished this book in two hours and I will definitely be recommending to anyone I meet.

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This charming and heartfelt coming-of-age novel thoughtfully explores body image and complicated family relationships while promoting self-acceptance, making it a must-read for teens. Readers will swoon over Charlie's sweet romance with Brian and appreciate the supportive friendship she shares with Amelia. Her conversational first-person narration also makes her loveable and extremely relatable. Thankfully, she's one of many characters that readers will enjoy because of how the diverse representations -- body type, race, sexual orientation, and family structure -- are included in the story without feeling forced. Some of Fat Chance, Charlie Vega's most emotional scenes occur during Charlie's fights with her mom about her weight. As Charlie opens up about her insecurities and realizes she's beautiful as she is, teens will see how crucial communication and honesty are in healthy relationships with family, friends, romantic partners, and yourself.

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