Wow, this was a short, but wonderful read. Of course there were some things that I didn’t like, but in the end I didn’t mind them that much, due to them getting less, or due to other things happening.
Laura, ah, Laura, she is just a nice girl, a little bit oblivious of the world around her and due to something happening in the past she is very insecure about her body. It also doesn’t help that her “dear” mom always is commenting on her weight, her body shape or her clothes. But, I see a girl who is trying hard to be happy for herself, trying to figure out ways to just hide things (not always good, but I can imagine why she would do it). I also see a girl who, even if she is afraid, she still tries to continue. The swimming stuff? Even if she was terrible at it, she still kept going on and on, trying to improve, trying to get better. And you can see the results, out of her team she might be the slowest, but she is the one who works the hardest out of all of them. Staying in the pool even when everyone is done, doing extra things to get better. It was really amazing, I was kind of worried that she would just give up, or would just cry, but instead she continues.
I loved her and Maria together, they make a great team and it was fun to see Maria supporting Laura no matter what. Though she did get a bit annoyed with Laura’s obsession with Halley or Noah (which is logical).
Laura and Ricky, it was interesting and I loved seeing how their relationship changed. From worrying about things, to getting stuck with him, to finally realizing something special.
All in all, Laura is a very strong character and she only gets stronger with each page and each passing chapter. You will cheer with her, try to motivate her, try to tell her she isn’t that fat, and that she doesn’t need to worry about it!
Maria, the best friend a girl can ask for. She is always there, supporting and helping Maria and in return Laura helps Maria with everything. Their friendship was so sweet and cute. I was worried they might break up, since you often see that happening when characters go to Junior High/High School. Luckily, these girls won’t split up any time soon, they are way to great together. Protecting and helping each other.
Ricky, I didn’t like him at first. Not only for what he did to Laura and the nickname that ruined quite a part of her school life, but also his attitude and how he demanded things. But as the book continues I have to say I started to like him. And then when we find out why he called her Lard Butt, I just went awwwwwwwww. It was just so sweet, and he was so cute confessing why he started the name.
Laura’s mother. Bleh, bleh and bleh. I dislike parents who act like this. I can imagine you want to help your daughter be more healthy, or maybe more happy, but this isn’t the way to do it. Everything Laura ate, everything she wore was being criticized by her mom. I just wanted to shake the mom, or will her away from the book. I was also delighted by the last part, phew! Thank Lord that happened.
The story was really cute and I enjoyed reading about Laura, her life, her family, friends and school life. Even though the book was short, it was an adorable read with a great cast of characters. It is also a topic that will hit home with quite a few girls (and maybe boys), since teenagers often worry about their weight. Add to that the bullying that happened to Laura, and the snickers/remarks that to this day she gets, and I am sure lots of girls will be interested in this story and seeing how Laura works through her life.
All in all, I would recommend this short book.