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What's worse than being fat your freshman year? Being fat your sophomore year. Life used to be so simple for Andrew Zansky--hang with the Model UN guys, avoid gym class, and eat and eat and eat. He's...
What's worse than being fat your freshman year? Being fat your sophomore year. Life used to be so simple for Andrew Zansky--hang with the Model UN guys, avoid gym class, and eat and eat and eat. He's...
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  • What's worse than being fat your freshman year?
    Being fat your sophomore year.

    Life used to be so simple for Andrew Zansky--hang with the Model UN guys, avoid gym class, and eat and eat and eat. He's used to not fitting in: into his family, his sports-crazed school, or his size 48 pants.

    But not anymore. Andrew just met April, the new girl at school and the instant love of his life! He wants to find a way to win her over, but how? When O. Douglas, the heartthrob quarterback and high-school legend, saves him from getting beaten up by the school bully, Andrew sees his chance to get in with the football squad.

    Is it possible to reinvent yourself in the middle of high school? Andrew is willing to try. But he's going to have to make some changes. Fast.

    Can a funny fat kid be friends with a football superstar? Can he win over the Girl of his Dreams? Can he find a way to get his mom and dad back together?

    How far should you go to be the person you really want to be?

    Andrew is about to find out.

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  • Allen Zadoff was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and went on to live in upstate New York, Manhattan, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. A former stage director, he is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theater Training. His memoir for adults is called Hungry: Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin. He currently teaches writing in Los Angeles. Visit Allen at www.allenzadoff.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 14, 2009
    Readers who wade through a series of painful scenes early on in Zadoff's debut YA novel are in for a treat. Andy Zansky is the (second) fattest kid in school and pays dearly for it on a daily basis (on the first day of sophomore year, he discovers he may not fit into the new desks). Then, out of nowhere, popular football star O. Douglas takes a liking to Andy, who goes out for football and makes the varsity team. Out goes self-deprecating Andy (for the most part), making room for a more confident, funny and likable Andy. Becoming popular, albeit gradually, doesn't cure all of Andy's woes—both football and popularity come with quite a few complications—nor does it magically empower him to lose the weight. But watching Andy's transformation, his three steps forward and one step back rhythm, is both entertaining and moving (“That's the thing about being fat,” he reflects. “People can't see the real you, so you have to work really hard to show them”). Boy makeover books are rare, and this one is a gem. Ages 12–up.

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