Despite her massive size, Meghan Ball is the most invisible person at Valley Regional High. People say things in front of her as if she doesn't exist. And most of the time, she feels like she doesn?t? until Meghan sees Aimee Zorn. Aimee is as skinny as Meghan is large, and as outwardly angry as Meghan is inwardly sad. Meghan instantly recognizes a kindred spirit in Aimee, another person using her body to say what she cannot. Alone, they are powerless, but together, Meghan and Aimee join forces to get sweet revenge against the one girl in school who hurt them both.
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 140 x 208 x 16mm | 232g
- 28 May 2009
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- Penguin USA
- New York, NY, United States
Startling emotional and physical portraits leave readers captivated.ùKirkus Reviews, starred review A stand-out. ùBooklist, starred review Difficult to put down. ùSchool Library Journal
About Madeleine George
Madeleine George is an award-winning playwright and a founding member of the playwriting collective 13P. She is also the director of the Bard College satellite campus at Bayview Women's Correctional Facility in Manhattan. Ms. George lives in New York City.
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Meghan is obese. She is the largest person at Valley Regional High and her hulking size, oddly enough, allows her to blend into the background. Most people are too uncomfortable to make eye contact and most teachers are content to allow her to remain silent during class discussions. Meghan doesn\'t have any friends, but she knows a lot about everyone at school. Aimee is reed thin. Her list of foods that give her a \"bad reaction\" grows every day. About the only things she allows herself to eat are Jell-o and carrot sticks. Her big, floppy hats and black, long skirts make her all but invisible in the school\'s halls. Invisible to everyone except Meghan, that is... Meghan feels the need to connect with Aimee. She begins to follow Aimee in order to try and find an excuse to talk to her, but it isn\'t until Aimee is betrayed and she and Meghan share a common enemy that they team up for a little payback. LOOKS deals with many issues - eating disorders, friendship, bullying, and high school dynamics are the most evident. George\'s unique writing style in the first and last chapters give the reader a voyeuristic feeling and, at times, the lyrical and figurative language tricks the reader into thinking they are reading an extended poem rather than a work of prose. While the author doesn\'t wrap the story up in the traditional way of most young adult novels, it is definitely an accurate picture of the atmosphere in a typical high school.show moreby TeensReadToo