Despite my earlier rant I do think this is a good young adult read. Again, like Luna… see my answer above. Or use the questions on the "Families Can Talk About" section for ideas. Virginia finally stands up to her mother and gains control of her life.
Okay, so the reasons for it being challenged originally is the offensive language, it being sexually explicit and unsuited to the age group.
Fortunately, that rant can be saved for another day because by the time I reached the obvious turning point in The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, I realised that it was nothing like Alice, I Think, that the author was not making an attempt at humour by creating a character who was so pathetic she was funny a la Napoleon Dynamite or transforming anorexia, dieting, sexuality, feminism and other important issues and the people involved in them into jokes, but rather creating a realistic first-person protagonist and narrator who, having not yet realised that it is alright to be different from her cloned colleagues at school, was simply exceedingly aggravating.
But should they in school. After all, teenagers may hear more foul things in the streets or on television or maybe in their own homes. As I paused between chapters, I was already composing reviews in my head that condemned it and chick-lit in general and even went to far as to indict Helen Fielding personally for having transformed a generation of young woman readers and perhaps young woman writers into a pack of bubble-headed idiots.
Would I read it with my class. Angus was fun, but I soon realised that the genre was rife with books that in my hypothetical publishing house would never have made it very far from the envelope they arrived in. Despite my earlier rant I do think this is a good young adult read.
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Educational Value The author's Web site provides a discussion guide that can help teen readers -- and their parents -- discuss some of the book's plot and messages. What we actually think of the book. Searching for streaming and purchasing options The sequel has a hell of a lot of damage repair to do in order to justify its existence.
Romeo and Juliet has teenage sex, plenty of violence and suicide. Stay up to date on new reviews. But should it be taught in schools. They understand me there.
Moving on… How about now. For the most part, this is just a strange reading experience. So, as long-time readers of this series might expect, another soul-affirming, positive, and honest novel about self-image, and what it means to be yourself once again quickly finds itself on the list of challenged and banned books.
Okay, so the reasons for it being challenged originally is the offensive language, it being sexually explicit and unsuited to the age group. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. So she hides her fat by wearing baggy clothing. Would I read it with my class. When the various young adult spin-offs came out, dressed in bright, shiny costumes with hip illustrations on the cover and hilarious eye-grabbing titles such as Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, I added them to my holiday reading and could hardly wait to get through the more serious titles that I had to finish before I could dig in.
Virginia is a likeable character that I think teenagers will love and I hope that they will take home all the positive messages in the novel, of which there were plenty. Virginia finally takes control of her life and stands up to her mother.
The ALA monitored challenges last year, up from in However, I think it has to be a very brave teacher that takes on this book. Sep 17, · Read Common Sense Media's The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things review, age rating, and parents guide.
Funny overweight girl goes through some heavy stuff. Read Common Sense Media's The Earth, My Butt, and Other 3/5.
Apr 29, · The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things is an incredibly funny, heartfelt, encouraging book about weight and diet culture and feminism, but most of all being yourself.
A wonderful and complex book that I would recommend to anyone!
The Earth, My Butt, And Other Big Round Things. Author: Mackler, Carolyn. Isbn: An overweight teen is sure that she's the weakest link in her high-powered family, until her handsome, athletic, star-student brother has a shocking fall from grace.
Hook Your Students. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things has 23, ratings and 1, reviews. Suzanne said: I am not sure how I feel about this one. I even slept /5.
Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.
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