The Compulsive Reader: Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Ever since Angie's soldier sister was captured in Iraq, everyone believe she is dead. But Angie won't accept that—she needs to believe her sister is alive. Believing that she is alive gets Angie through the vicious bullying at school, the appointments with a shrink that dismisses her pain, and her mother's disdain about Angie's weight. But everything changes the day KC Romance transfers to Angie's school. KC is like no one that Angie has ever known; she actually sees more than just Angie’s weight and her pain. The two become friends, with surprising, wonderful, heartrending outcomes.

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.


Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

Oh, I'm intrigued. When I first read the blurb I thought this was going to be a bit on the depressing side but your review made it sound kind of hopeful, so I'll add it to my list :D

LinWash said...

Wow. Sounds powerful and sad. Will add it to my TBR list too.

The Compulsive Reader said...

It does seem dark at first but I think the author's style really makes it stand out and not seem quite so grim. Plus, the romance is sweet!

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