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 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.

A New England Book Award Finalist

Author: Crystal Maldonado
Publisher: Holiday House
Published: 02/02/2021
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.92lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.60w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9780823447176
Age Range: 14-UP

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 12/14/2020
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 02/01/2021
Booklist 01/01/2021 pg. 68
Kirkus Reviews 01/15/2021
School Library Journal 02/01/2021 pg. 77
Shelf Awareness 02/12/2021

About the Author
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.