e. E Charlton-Trujillo is an excellent writer; her diction and pacing are excellent and eccentric, and Fat Angie is a funny, dark, heartbreaking, and charming book. The odd combination of the humorous and tragic makes this book so compelling, and Angie is an easy character is like. Her sudden bursts of courage and her uncertainty will ring true for anyone who has tried to make sense of this confusing world, and her desperate hopes and fierce determination are completely relatable. The bullying in this book (both by Angie's classmates and her mother) is intense and heartbreaking, but KC appears like a ray sunshine in all of Angie's darkness. Their friendship and subsequent romance is beautifully rendered; fragile, magnetic, and completely undeniable. Charlton-Trujillo has a wonderful talent for making readers laugh, cry, cringe, and smile in the space of a single page and Fat Angie is an important, moving, and sweet book that you won't soon forget.
Cover Comments: I love the blue of the cover, and the purple heart! This is one of those detailed covers that you can stare at for a long time, and every time you look at it, you'll notice a new detail.
ARC provided by publisher.