More trouble at school and at home — and the discovery of a missive from her late soldier sister — send Angie and a long-ago friend on an RV road trip across Ohio.
Sophomore year has just begun, and Angie is miserable. Her girlfriend, KC, has moved away; her good friend, Jake, is keeping his distance; and the resident bully has ramped up an increasingly vicious and targeted campaign to humiliate her. An over-the-top statue dedication planned for her sister, who died in Iraq, is almost too much to bear, and it doesn't help that her mother has placed a symbolic empty urn on their mantel. At the ceremony, a soldier hands Angie a final letter from her sister, including a list of places she wanted the two of them to visit when she got home from the war. With her mother threatening to send Angie to a “treatment center” and the situation at school becoming violent, Angie enlists the help of her estranged childhood friend, Jamboree. Along with a few other outsiders, they pack into an RV and head across the state on the road trip Angie's sister did not live to take. It might be just what Angie needs to find a way to let her sister go, and find herself in the process.
About the Author
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo is the author of Fat Angie, which received a Stonewall Book Award. A filmmaker and YA novelist, she lives in California.
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Title: Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution Author: E.E. Charlton-Trujillo Pages: 352 Release: March 5, 2019 Genre: Contemporary Fiction Series or Stand-Alone: Book 2 (but can still follow along even if you start here) Character: 4.5/5 Story: 4/5 Writing: 4/5 Total Stars: 4/5 Persons of Color?:Yes LGBTQ?:Yes Pass the Bechdel Test? (Depiction of Women): Yes Triggers: This book deals with some really heavy topics! Homophobia and bullying are really prevalent, also a sibling death. I received a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Story: Angie is trying to make it through sophomore year of high school. Her girlfriend has moved away, she’s dealing with getting bullied, homophobia at school and home, and her sister passed away in Iraq while deployed. Angie tries to pick herself up and move through her grief with the help of her sister’s final unsent letter to her. Likes: The characters were strong and interesting; the story was heavy but also had some hope. The self-discovery was wonderful to watch. Recommendations: I would recommend this for high school and up.
Definitely a book to read. This copy is the 2nd of a series. The first I did not read, but i did not feel at a loss for what was going on. A lot goes on, and Charlton-Trujillo fit it all in very well. Angie, a sophomore in high school is dealing with bullying, death of a sister, and the feeling that her friends have left her stranded. One step at asking for help, Angie goes on an adventure with several people she's not so sure are friends anymore. The characters that Charlton-Trujillo include are teens dealing with health issues, sexual identity, body shaming, and acceptance. All the while trying to figure out how to remain, become, or return as a friend. I am excited to check out the first in the series and to see what's coming up in future books. ****This book was received from Candlewick Press through a giveaway for Multichildren's Book Day****
Life is not easy. Angie learned that when her sister died in Iraq. She learned it when she became the center of attention after her suicide attempt became part of a school athletic event. All that is over according to her doesn't-understand-mother. It's time to continue focusing on her dead sister as the town dedicates a statue in her honor. It's time to concentrate on the urn-it's a symbol perched on the fireplace mantel. But, as far as Angie is concerned, all her support systems are gone. Her sister, KC-her true love, Jake-her best friend -- all are gone. Angie is still grieving. Unfortunately, she is learning that not everyone grieves in the same way. Upon hearing her mother state that she "lost the good one," Angie realizes she will have to make her own way through the sorrow that haunts her every moment. She's ready to do it alone, until an unexpected trio offers their help. Her old friend Jamboree, a strange girl named Zeke, and the accidentally present Darius invite her to climb aboard a ratty, old RV to embark on an adventure found on a postcard from her sister. The road trip that follows helps Angie recognize that she has value and can accomplish whatever she sets out to do. In this sequel to FAT ANGIE, author e. E. Charlton-Trujillo proves that with the encouragement of the right people and a no-matter-what attitude can take a person out of her comfort zone and into an accepting, brave new world. Dialogue that rings true, pain that feels real, and quirky places like the shortest street in the country combined to make this reader fall in love with Fat Angie once again.