I laughed, a lot, at this book. Well not at the book but with the book.
As a middle-schooler I had been teeny-tiny in every way possible
(height, weight, voice) so while I never got the taunts of 'Mooooo'
from my classmates, I did get height jokes a plenty. And mouse jokes. I
felt as if Celeste and I had a lot in common (not just the love of
cookies) and that made me root for her the entire time.
her attempts to wreck her chances at Miss Husky Peach (husky, who in
their right mind would refer to a girl as 'husky'?) were fun and
creative. I was thrilled that she didn't angst about the fact she was
chubby neither before or after her Operation Skinny Celeste plan. She
might not have been thrilled with being chubby, but she didn't spend
most of the book whining about it and trying unhealthy methods to lose
And her positive message I think won me over. Just
because we're not all size zero doesn't mean we're any better or worse
for it. Its how you see yourself and how you feel about yourself. Sure
eating cookies instead of veggies isn't healthy, but why deny yourself
a treat every so often? Learn to balance out everything and in the end
you'll be a happier you.
(Reprinted here with the author's permission)