Author Deirdre Riordan Hall
Release Date June 1, 2015
I’m the fat Puerto Rican–Polish girl who doesn’t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve always been too much and yet not enough.
Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.
When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.
Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.
Sugar was my May selection for Kindle First.
I loved this book. It was just so good. It was realistic and honest. It was inspiring without being too rainbows and sunshine (because, truly, life is ever really rainbows and sunshine even in the end).
Mercy deals with a lot of stuff in this book. Her weight, bullying (both from her classmates and, even worse, her own family), taking care of her bedridden mother, and more. All of those incredible challenging things never defeat her, though. With the help of a wonderful new friend, Even, Mercy realizes that she can be more than her circumstances. However, even with a bright ending, things don't end perfectly. Mercy doesn't magically become skinny, her family still sucks, and people are still cruel. Despite that, though, the message is positive and inspiring.
Sugar is one of my favorite reads of the year so far. I definitely recommend it.
5 out of 5 stars