The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (Paperback)
A Michael L. Printz Honor Book * An ALA Best Book for Young Adults * A YALSA Teens' Top Ten Book * An NYPL Book for the Teen Age
Carolyn Mackler's Printz Honor book--starring the unforgettably funny, body-conscious Virginia Shreves--returns in this 15th anniversary edition featuring text updates and never-before-seen material from the author.
Fifteen-year-old Virginia feels like a plus-sized black sheep in her family, especially next to her perfect big brother Byron. Not to mention her best friend has moved, leaving Virginia to navigate an awkward relationship with a boy alone. He might like her now . . . but she has her doubts about how he'll react if he ever looks under all her layers of clothes.
In order to survive, Virginia decides to follow a “Fat Girl Code of Conduct,” which works, until the unthinkable causes her family's façade to crumble. As her world spins out of orbit, she realizes that being true to herself might be the only way back.
Told in a perfect blend of humor and heart, this acclaimed Printz Honor winner resonates as much today as it did when it first published, and now features a new author foreword, text updates, and other bonus content.
About the Author
Carolyn Mackler is the acclaimed author of the YA novels The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (a Michael L. Printz Honor Book), Infinite in Between, Tangled, Guyaholic, Vegan Virgin Valentine, and Love and Other Four-Letter Words, as well as the co-author of The Future of Us. She also wrote the middle grade novel Best Friend Next Door. Carolyn lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
"I loved this book. It’s funny, sweet, and most of all, hopeful. It should be required reading for all girls, everywhere." - Sarah Dessen, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
"Mackler writes with such insight and humor . . . that many readers will immediately identify." - Booklist
"The heroine’s transformation into someone who finds her own style and speaks her own mind is believable--and worthy of applause." - Publishers Weekly
"Readers will be rooting for Virginia all the way as she moves from isolated TV-watcher to website-creator with purple hair and an eyebrow-ring." - Kirkus Reviews
"Virginia’s story will interest readers who are looking for…teen angst, a bit of romance, and a kid who is a bit like them or their friends." - School Library Journal
"Mackler keeps all five story lines clear, absorbing, and integral to the larger story of friendship, perseverance, and hope." - starred review, Publishers Weekly on INFINITE IN BETWEEN
"Characters live, grow, and ultimately come of age in a beautifully constructed world." - starred review, Kirkus Reviews on INFINITE IN BETWEEN
"A wonderfully written peek into adolescence gushing with relatability." - starred review, School Library Journal on INFINITE IN BETWEEN
"The characters’ insight, humor, and idiosyncrasies ring true." - VOYA on INFINITE IN BETWEEN
"Subtle then intense, hilarious then heartbreaking, Tangled grabs you and doesn't let go." - Jay Asher, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, on TANGLED
"A clever, timely story." - starred review, Booklist on THE FUTURE OF US