A review I read of this book called it Blubber meets Steel Magnolias. Hmmmm. I agree and yet, disagree. Rosemary is an overweight teenager that is consumed by food. When she isn’t eating she is plotting to eat and that includes the variety of love interests that are hiding under her bed-Mr. Hershey, Mr. Goodbar and Mr. M&M. Her mom and aunt don’t help the situation by constantly nagging Rosemary about her weight and having to suffer the popular Bluebirds in her mom’s beauty shop is just about all she can take. But, is Kyle, the new dreamy football star really smiling at her? Can Rosemary find the strength within to have the life she isn’t sure she deserves?
The first thing that comes to my mind in describing this book is sweet. But, it is so much more and there are so many layers here that it’s appeal definitely goes beyond that of teen girls. I was heart wrenchingly sad reading her inner turmoil about being fat. I laughed at the odd and bizarre behavior of the residents of this small southern town. I cried when Rosemary’s mom got sick. I cheered when…oh wait, I can’t give you that much information! 😉 The characters are so well drawn they will stick with you for a long time. The Southern setting is essential to the frame of the novel and really makes everything click together. The pacing is moderate despite the inner dialogue and character development. 2008, 276 pages.