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  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780823447176
  • Imprint: Holiday House
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $32.99

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega




Coming of age as a Fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard.
Harder when your whole life is on fire, though.

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 Winner
A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year
An NPR 'Book We Love!'

  • Published: 4 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780823447176
  • Imprint: Holiday House
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $32.99

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