Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have
Andy meets April at a wedding that his mother is catering and falls for her. He lies and tells her hes a jock and she believes him. Hes shocked to find out that April goes to his school and is in some of his classes. When she learns he lied, shes extremely disappointed. There are two kinds of heavy, according to Andy. The first is the physical weight. The second is when you lie to someone and disappoint them.
When O., the football star quarterback, saves him from bully Ugo, they begin to talk. Its football tryouts and Andy decides to try out. Surprisingly, he makes the varsity team as its center. Hes got to lie to his best friend and fellow geek Eytan, who would not understand his decision. Hes got to lie to his mother who wouldnt let him play because (a) shes overprotective and (b) hes got asthma.
As you can imagine, Andys naÃ¯ve. He thinks that all is his problems are solved now that hes a jock. But he soon learns otherwise. He learns people are not always honest. He learns a lot over the few months that he plays.
Food, Girls and Other Things I Cant Have by Allen Zadoff is a fun read. Yeah, parts are sad, but parts are also funny. The chapter titles are great. You cant help but love Andy. You cant help but feel sorry for him as he ponders the high school hierarchy. You cant help feel sorry for the superficial kids he encounters. But one thing you do know&Andys smart and hes going to figure it out. (By the way, Allen Zadoff/Andrew Zansky. Hmmmm!!!)
Food, Girls, and Other Things I Cant Have is a fun and hilarious romp through high school told though the eyes of a sensitive and overweight fifteen-year-old teen named Andrew Zansky. Not only can't Andy fit in his size 48 pants but he feels out of place in his family too. It doesn't help either that his mother is a caterer. Then a new girl catches his attention. He tries hard to catch her eye which leads him to trying out for the football team. What happens next is sure to make readers laugh and cheer Andy on.
I loved this story! Andys trials and struggles to find himself in high school are totally believable. I laughed throughout this tale. Andy is funny, down to earth, and likeable. I couldnt put this book down! Andy is sure to be a favorite hero.