Monday, June 4, 2012

I recently read Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee,
another nominee for the Iowa Teen Award 2012-2013.

Book Description from                             
It's not so easy being Rosemary Goode and tipping the scales at almost two hundred pounds- especially when your mother runs the most successful (and gossipiest!) beauty shop in town. After a spectacularly disastrous Christmas break when the scale reaches an all-time high?Rosemary realizes that things need to change. (A certain basketball player, Kyle Cox, might have something to do with it.) So begins a powerful year of transformation and a journey toward self-discovery that surprisingly has little to do with the physical, and more to do with an honest look at how Rosemary feels about herself.

My 25 cents:
I was a little weary to pick this up, but I am glad that I did and that I read it.  When the reader meets the main character, Rosemary-she is at her all time heaviest weight and decides to take some drastic (not smart!) measures to lose weight.  Luckily she realizes that she is making dangerous choices and decides to go about it in a better way.  The story is more than about her physical change though, it shows the reader how Rosemary learns she can cope with her life by leaning on those that love her and things will be okay.  There is plenty of humor in this story to keep it fun to read, despite the serious topics it covers.  

1 comment:

  1. I was leary about this one too, but it did have a lot of humor that will keep a young person reading and a great message that you need to love yourself and others for who you/they are.