Fat Angie by e.e. Charlton-Trujillo

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Candlewick, 2013.

Lesbian – Highschool

Angie’s older sister has been captured by enemy forces in Iraq, and Angie is the only member of her seriously dysfunctional family to believe her sister is still alive. Her younger brother has been acting out, and is seeing a court-appointed therapist – and their mother has started dating said therapist, believing that no one knows. Angie reacts to all the stress by having a nervous breakdown at school, and by eating. Her mother constantly attacks her for both things, furious that Angie is showing their family as less than perfect. Along with the constant struggles at home, Angie faces constant bullying at school.

When new girl, K.C. Romance, refuses to side with the bullies, and befriends Angie, she hardly knows how to handle it. And when K.C. comes out to her (“You mean gay, like gay girl, gay?) and expresses an interest in Angie,  things slowly begin to turn around for her. While nothing goes smoothly, Angie finally begins to heal.

Have a box of tissues handy for this one.  Recommended

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