I'm the fat Puerto Rican - Polish girl who doesn't feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I've always been too much and yet not enough.
Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn't always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn't gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she's large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar's life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home - cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.
When Sugar meets Even (not Evan - his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.
Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.
©2015 Deirdre Riordan Hall (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Xannasguy on 30-07-15

Teen anti-bullying book.

This book is geared toward teens. Fat girl with low self-esteem comes into her own. A little smaltzy, but performed well. I think there are some kids who this book could really help. Having said that, it seemed that the author had more of an agenda (bullying) than a desire to tell a really good story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 30-01-17

Yes, Plenty of Eating, but Even More Heart!

I wasn't sure that I was going to like "Sugar" as much as I did. After all, it's fraught with her self-loathing, with her eating to soothe just about any kind of jangled nerve. And there's plenty to jangle even the most steady of nerves. Kids hate her, her brother's sadistic, her mother is a self-absorbed and horribly abusive tyrant that she slaves for.
Enter Even. I kind of had problems with him at first because his halo's so huge, but he has his own secrets, his own problems, so it winds up working well.
Sugar, Mercy, starts finding nourishment of another kind. And when it all hits the fan and she has to decide who she wants to be, the story brings love, memories, hidden treasures. It was satisfying on the whole, and very, very believable.
Tara Sands narrates it so well, with the cynicism of youth, the wry sense of humor of a girl just trying to get along. Well done!
Please keep in mind that this book is NOT for 11-13 year olds, as Audible categorizes it. This is for young adults, or those who remember terrible times in their past. It's a very healing story that will bring satisfaction and peace.

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