Sometimes I Want to Scream

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things – Carol Mackerly.

I admit – I adore trashy, teen novels. In my defence I have read Lord of the Flies so many times that my teacher asks me to find the quotes. I am reading Emma. I have read a number of classics -old and modern. But I still adore trashy. So when my friend recommended this book I was perfectly happy to reserve it at the library.

When I read the blurb and the first few chapters I was almost ready to quit because it looked like the oh-so-common “fat girl hates self, makes a change, gets boyfriend, is happy”. But I continued because I figured it was unlikely my feminist friend would offer me this. And I am so glad I did.

As well as being a great feel good book, TEMBAOBRT deals with a lot of serious issues: family communication, feeling overshadowed, taking control, self-esteem, date rape, friendships and so much more. It’s a brilliant book that really warms your heart and you should give it to any teenage girl you know.



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