Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Life in the Fat Lane by Cherie Bennett
Finally her parents decide that in order to get their marriage working again, they must move away from the woman that was the issue. So they move, making Lara have to move. Now she is the fat girl at the school, where no one knows she was the homecoming queen just last year, and that she was a beauty pageant contestant. She gets called names, but is taken in by a couple of the other outcasts. Here we see just how shallow Lara really is, even when before she was trying to hard to be "nice" to everyone. Her new piano teacher is really fat. And Lara tries hard not to be disgusted by her. She soon finds out that the piano teacher has a hot boyfriend, and she just can't understand it. But being around these new musical people, she soon finds a new group of friends, and actually begins to feel happy. Even when her family gets disrupted again. Her father leaves, saying that he's going to stay married, but go to his mistress. Her mother doesn't quite know how to handle it, and this leads to the music teacher, Suzanne, helping Lara, and becoming a bit closer friend.
At the end Lara does finally figure out how the way she's been thinking all along isn't right, and begins to change her thinking. Her Axell-Crowne disease may be going into remission at the end of the book, as she begins losing weight, but we're never given that for sure diagnosis. I wanted to hate Lara's shallowness. But I have to admit that I too have had those kind of thoughts. Wondering how someone could let themselves get so far along with weight. Not that I am in any way close to being a beauty queen, or skinny. And I hate when I think that way. Want to slap myself. So it's easy to see how realistic this book sadly is. A good read I think for people with weight issues, or even for kids who don't understand what they're doing is bullying.