Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

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Coming of age as a Fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard.
Harder when your whole life is on fire, though. Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat. People sometimes have a problem with that last one. Especially her mom. Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but it's hard, and her mom leaving a billion weight loss shakes on her dresser doesn't help. The world and everyone in it have ideas about what she should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter. But there's one person who's always in Charlie's corner: her best friend Amelia. Slim. Popular. Athletic. Totally dope. So when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with cute classmate Brian, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect until she learns one thing--he asked Amelia out first. So is she his second choice or what? Does he even really see her? Because it's time people did. A sensitive, funny, and painful coming-of-age story with a wry voice and tons of chisme, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega tackles our relationships to our parents, our bodies, our cultures, and ourselves.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 33.02mm | 567g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0823447170
  • 9780823447176
  • 177,504

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A Cosmopolitan Best New Book of Winter 2020 ★ Charlie's struggles are authentic and raw while Maldonado's bright prose makes for a page-turner. . . . An overdue and welcome ingénue.--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Charlie's emotional arc hits all the right notes, resulting in a warm and insightful coming-of-age tale.--Publishers Weekly Sweet and sincere, Charlie Vega's journey is a delight.--School Library Journal Fat Chance, Charlie Vega is an accomplished debut, and its nuanced depictions of first love, a complex mother-daughter relationship and fat acceptance make it stand out. --BookPage With a memorable cast that brings fresh faces and voices to a typically homogenous genre, this title focuses on the positives of the often difficult and confusing high-school experience: genuine friendships and allies, powerful first crushes, and discovering oneself. . . . Charlie's optimistic outlook, despite the challenges that come with her identity, will attract a widespread audience of romance lovers and expand their idea of what a romantic lead can look like. --Booklist We're so excited to get our hands on it.--Buzzfeed Readers will appreciate Charlie from the get-go and rejoice when she herself begins to see the Charlie-celebrating light.--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Fat Chance, Charlie Vega is an utterly heartwarming story of love--of friends, of family, of romance and, most importantly, of oneself.--Shelf Awareness
Issues of body positivity and racial and gender identity are dealt with in a light, positive, and totally engrossing manner. This novel is perfect for fans of Julie Murphy's Dumplin' (Balzer + Bray 2015) and for any reader who struggles with feeling like they are 'not enough.'--School Library Connection
This book feels like your best friend giving you a hug--it's warm and sweet and healing.--Mason Deaver, bestselling author of I Wish You All the Best

A sweet and cheerful debut, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega moves with rom-com energy and a whole lot of awkward, goofy, chubby-girl-with-a-crush-on-a-boy vibes.--Gabby Rivera, author of Juliet Takes a Breath and Marvel's America
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About Crystal Maldonado

Crystal Maldonado is a writer by night and a marketer and social media manager by day. She has been published in Latina magazine, The Hartford Courant, and Dogster, and is the co-founder of the online magazine Positively Smitten. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega is her debut novel, and was bought in a competitive pre-empt as part of a two-book deal. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, her dog, and her super-duper adorable baby daughter.
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2,760 ratings
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3 17% (463)
2 4% (102)
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