Henley sits on the sideline of life. What else is a fat kid to do? He's determined to make a change as he enters high school and summons the courage to take a chance only to have super-jock Axel O'Connell go off on him for being a pathetic slug. Henley nearly calls it quits, but pushes forward, and then something amazing happens; Axel does an abrupt about-face and offers to help Henley lose weight and get in shape. Henley is suspicious of Axel's motives, but so desperately needs help he takes him up on his offer. He soon discovers Axel has a hidden agenda and it shocks Henley right down to his toes. It is the beginning of an unlikely friendship that forces both boys to see each other in a new light.
The Fat Kid is a story of friendship, compassion, and affairs of the heart.
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The Fat Kid
- April H.
A delightful surprise
I didn't know this was a listen involving a gay main character. I'm glad I didn't. It allowed me to approach this listen for what it was, a high school coming of age love story.
Everything I like about a summer read was part of this listen. Likeable main characters. Check. No long-drawn out angsty self-doubt. Check. Narration that fit the material. Check. A believable HEA. Check.
This story was vanilla ice cream with sprinkles. Nothing fancy but it hit the spot.
I really liked Henley, the main non-gay character. I wished we got to glimpse his family a bit more. (I mean, why would Henley's Mom and Dad not be at his surprise party?) I liked how he had realistic life goals and those motivations he used to push himself was in line with the character.
I liked the way the relationship developed between Axel and Phineas. It was actually quite sweet. In fact, I liked Axel, the openly gay football player. (I don't believe for one minute though, that there is a high school in middle America that would have several openly gay players and no one would have a problem with it.)
This was a nice story. It was a bit of a surprise for me but I did like it.