Thursday, September 3, 2009

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff

C'mon, we've all done it. Lied to someone just to impress them. Andrew, overweight and self-conscious, meets a girl at one of his mom's catering gigs and tells her he's an athlete and while he may be overweight he's actually fit, like a sumo wrestler. How is he supposed to know that the girl (April) is transferring to his high school and will soon discover the truth?

The truth is, of course, that Andrew is overweight but not-so-fit, and tired of not fitting in...to high school, to the desk/chair combo in his homeroom, to life. When April arrives at his school and becomes instantly popular, Andrew ditches his best friend and the mock-UN team for football tryouts. Miraculously he makes the team, which buys him instant access to the cool kids. But no success comes without a price, and Andrew must decide what this newfound popularity is worth to him.

It's a story about football, friendship and romance--but it's also about discovering who it is you really are--not what your family or friends expect you to be. And it also has one of the most hilarious and mortifying scenes I've read in a long time. Really.

I recommend this to anyone who has ever felt self-conscious at one time or another (so…everyone).

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