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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin

OverDrive book from a public library
What the book is all about from GoodReads:
Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old—sarcastic and vulnerable, talented and uncertain, full of big dreams for a big future. With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, she should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town?

The fact that the national media is on her trail after a controversy that might bring down the whole school could have something to do with it. And that scandal has something—but not everything—to do with the fact that Judy is three feet nine inches tall.

Rachel DeWoskin remembers everything about high school: the auditions (painful), the parents (hovering), the dissection projects (compelling), the friends (outcasts), the boys (crushable), and the girls (complicated), and she lays it all out with a wit and wistfulness that is half Holden Caulfield, half Lee Fiora, Prep’s ironic heroine. Big Girl Small is a scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and unwaveringly serious
My Take:

This book is highly acclaimed. It has an award: ALA Alex Award (2012). I was intrigued and excited to listen to it. I downloaded it from my local e-library. Tuck it safely in my iPod nano ready to keep me company when I jog. However, about a third of the way through, I couldn't care less about the story. What happened to my anticipation and excitement, I do not know.

I think it's because I cannot relate to the protagonist. I tried. Just in case it was me not wanting to, I restarted the audio book three times. I like the first hour or so, and then my interest would fetter out. I cannot take another moment of the book. The book, however,  is structurally sound. The word flows. Is it the reader? I don't know for sure.

The feeling is akin to trying on a most expensive and beautiful designer clothing and finding out that it doesn't fit me. Like clothing analogy, some books is just not a fit. Doesn't make it less of a book. I rated this book low, just because I cannot finish it. If I ever get to the finish line and end up having different feeling, then I will write another review renouncing this one.

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