Thursday, December 09, 2010

Food, Girls, & Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff

Life used to be so simple for Andrew Zansky–hang with the Model UN guys, avoid gym class, and eat and eat and eat. He’s used to not fitting in: into his family, his sports-crazed school, or his size 48 pants.
But not anymore. Andrew just met April, the new girl at school and the instant love of his life! He wants to find a way to win her over, but how? When O. Douglas, the heartthrob quarterback and high-school legend, saves him from getting beaten up by the school bully, Andrew sees his chance to get in with the football squad.
Is it possible to reinvent yourself in the middle of high school? Andrew is willing to try. But he’s going to have to make some changes. Fast.
Can a funny fat kid be friends with a football superstar? Can he win over the Girl of his Dreams? Can he find a way to get his mom and dad back together?
How far should you go to be the person you really want to be?
Andrew is about to find out.

It’s not easy to make me laugh. I’m not sure why, really. It’s not that I don’t find things funny. I do. But something has to be truly hysterical for me to laugh out loud—and even that doesn’t last longer than a few seconds. *shrug* I have no clue why.

Anyway, this book made me laugh out loud. Many times. And there were a few scenes that had me positively howling with laughter, clutching the ache in my side and tears streaming down my face. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard for so long!! I’ve certainly NEVER laughed like that for a book before. So, if you like funny, this book is definitely for you.

But it doesn’t stop there. Huh, that just made me feel like an infomercial—“But wait! There’s more!” Except there really is more with this book. It’s got a solid plot, quick pacing, and fabulous characters. Andrew is awesome, and the way he reinvents himself is both believable and unpredictable, which is the best kind of combination.

Plus, Zadoff does an amazing job illustrating the mental anguish that teens have with being overweight, but he does it through humor. This allows him to show more of what it's really like to be an overweight teen than he could probably get away with in a more dramatic story. Genius. There is so much in this story, and Zadoff pulls it off well.

I’m buying a copy of this book to add to my ‘favorites’ shelf. Go get yourself one. You’ll be glad you did.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I haven't read much YA geared toward boys, but I'm starting to get into it.

Thanks for the post!

Tabitha said...

There are some great YA books for boys, and this is definitely one of them!! :)

Anonymous said...

Bring on the funny! I can't wait to read this now. Terrific review!

cleemckenzie said...

I'd love to read a book that made me laugh. Thanks for the heads up on this one, Tabitha.

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

I keep hearing good things about this book. It's on my TBR list.

Tabitha said...

Logan - if you like funny, this is definitely for you!

Lee - hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Jenn - it deservingly won the Sid Fleishman humor award this year, so I'm not surprised you keep hearing good stuff about it. I loved it!