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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great YA story
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The Fat Kid is an enjoyable read. I relate to it very much. I was much like Henley in that most of my friends were and remain LGBTQ+. This is your regular, run of the mill 80's cliche, high school, boy wants girl story. Only Henley is a straight, overweight, sweet boy who beats the top jock for the lead part in the school play. The lead jock has an interest in Henley's new friend, Phineous. Axle (the lead jock) makes a deal with him. He will help Henley lose weight and get into shape to look his best for the play in exchange for a good word in with his friend. And maybe get a girls attention. What happens is Axle learns how to understand and care for others on a deeper level, and Henley gains confidence and becomes healthier overall. *Whew*
It's sweet, cute, and socially relevant in today's society.
An easy read/listen. A sit-back and enjoy kind of story. It's also an educational look into how much our society has changed over the years.
I enjoyed growing with Axle as he became less shallow. My favorite part was when Henley stood up Axle and Phineous at the cinema.
The anger Axle directed toward Henley after losing the part in the play to him made me really mad. It was important to his character to show just how cruel and self centered he really was.
None. It was perfect for what was being conveyed.