Fat Chance, Charlie Vega
A NEW ENGLAND BOOK AWARD WINNER!
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 painfully honest 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.
An NPR Best Book of the Year!
A POPSUGAR Best New YA Novel!
A Cosmopolitan Best New Book!
A Bustle Most Anticipated Debut!
- Hardback | 352 pages
- 145 x 216 x 29mm | 420g
- 02 Feb 2021
- Holiday House Inc
- New York, United States
An NPR Best Book of the Year
An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year
A POPSUGAR Best New Young Adult Novel
A Cosmopolitan Best New Book
A Bustle Most Anticipated Debut
A Forbes Most Notable Young Adult Book
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee
A Latinxs in Publishing Best Books of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year
A Business Insider Best Young Adult Romance Book
★ "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
"Perfection. . . . A romance that warms your entire body like a cup of hot chocolate."--The Nerd Daily
"Sweet and sincere, Charlie Vega's journey is a delight."--School Library Journal
"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' and for any reader who struggles with feeling like they are 'not enough.'"--School Library Connection
"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
"Fun and refreshing. . . . A heartfelt debut."--Barnes and Noble
"A must-read for teens."--Common Sense Media
"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
About Crystal Maldonado