For some unknown reason, Lara, a beauty pageant winner and homecoming queen, suddenly begins gaining weight–and lots of it. She is no longer able wear her old clothes, and she loses friends as rapidly as she gains weight. And, still, all she is told is she has a rare disorder that she has no control over.
I honestly do not know how many times I have read this. I checked it out at least two times from the library and wrote a review extolling its virtues for the library reading program. I was trying to keep it from being discarded like other ones from the 90s. Despite my campaign, they decided to sell it. I readily grabbed it up and bought it. I figured, if no one else wanted it, I most certainly did.
There is a lot of emotion in this story. This author is good at making you feel those emotions. I could feel Lara’s pain as she dealt with her perfect life fading away, her family falling apart, and her parents separating.
In the end, she learns who her friends are. I have friends, like Lara’s, that have been there through the hard time when others have left.
I love her boyfriend, Jett. He thinks she is beautiful no matter what and stays with her the whole time.
Also, I am a music lover so I enjoyed all the references to music in this book, from Vivaldi to Nine-Inch Nails.