THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER BIG ROUND THINGS, by Carolyn Mackler
AR Level: Yes
Interest Level: Upper Grades
Virginia Shreves has never felt like she fit in with the other members of her family. Her mother, a successful teen psychologist, her father, a prominent businessman, and her gorgeous and popular brother and sister all lead lives that Virginia finds herself unable to live up to. They are all thin, successful members of society, while Virginia has always been on the chubby side, and she always seems to fall just short of “average” on the “cool to dorky” scale she has come up with on which to categorize people. From her picture perfect family, to the skinny, backstabbing popular group of girls at school, it amazes her that people can be morally defunct, yet still be esteemed as “model” members of society. When her god-like perfect brother is suspended from Columbia University on charges of date rape, Virgina's view of her "perfect" family begins to shift. She realizes that everyone has character flaws. This is an inspiring book that combines sharp wit with a poignant view of life as seen through the eyes of a fifteen year old girl who is coming of age and figuring out her place in the world.