Faith was a fat girl, but after a suicide attempt keeps her hospitalized for seven months, she returns to school thinner, more attractive, and optimistic that things will get better. Not only do they stay the same, but the “fat girl” inside her is still serving as a gluttonous, pessimistic shadow and vocal instigator, trying to persuade her to skip town and to take revenge on her enemies. The fat girl finally gets her way, and Faith joins the circus.
Fairly quick paced as you are pulled from one emotional crisis to the next with great skill. The setting of a small southern town and teenage life can be found anywhere. The second setting of the circus is integral to the growth of the story and the character. Incredibly well researched. Truly an in-depth character study of Faith/Annabelle. Well developed and intensly personal. Side characters are quirky.
Alex Award Winner 2004. Booklist Editor’s Choice Adult fiction for Young Adults, 2003. YALSA best books for young adults, 2003. 2003, 259 pages.