Big Girl Small

Big Girl Small

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Book - 2011
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Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old--sarcastic and vulnerable, talented and uncertain, full of big dreams for a big future. With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, she should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town?

The fact that the national media is on her trail after a controversy that might bring down the whole school could have something to do with it. And that scandal has something--but not everything--to do with the fact that Judy is three feet nine inches tall.

Rachel DeWoskin remembers everything about high school: the auditions (painful), the parents (hovering), the dissection projects (compelling), the friends (outcasts), the boys (crushable), and the girls (complicated), and she lays it all out with a wit and wistfulness that is half Holden Caulfield, half Lee Fiora, Prep 's ironic heroine. Big Girl Small is a scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and unwaveringly serious.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011
ISBN: 9780374112578
Branch Call Number: DEWOS
Characteristics: 294 p

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OnidaGirl
Feb 12, 2015

I felt the book started off rather slowly, but by the end, I couldn't put it down. While my high school experience was very different than Judy's, there was enough of the usual teenage angst with which anyone can identify.

It's probably not a good option for people who are more, shall we say, puritanical. They will likely be offended by the language and behavior of these kids.

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nats310
Jul 11, 2012

Couldn't put it down once I started reading it. It's been compared to Stephen King's Carrie, but it reminds me more of Curtis Sittenfield's Prep. DeWoskin captures well the self-absorption and awkwardness of adolescence, which keeps Judy from being a victim of either her achrondroplasia or the events that transpire. Very compelling and relatable.

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Brown_Dog_70
Oct 13, 2011

There is alot of swearing a real bore

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beautifulroses18 Jul 10, 2012

Rachel DeWoskin's "Big Girl Small" is an amazing book. It is about a sixteen year old girl named Judy Lohden who is extremely smart and unique. She is very original for although she is a new girl in a new school, she is also a teenager who is three foot nine inches tall. This little characteristic takes over Judy's life and is tearing her apart. She herself said that there is no point of living when you can;t escape from the situation that you are in. Although she receives a good education and is able to have decent friends who don't judge her, she does get caught up with a situation where she is video taped and after everyone sees this video, her life is just not the same. She even runs away without telling anyone but her family and friend support keeps her alive. It is a nicely worded and brilliant story which should catch reader's eyes easily.

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