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This book is geared toward teens. Fat girl with low self-esteem comes into her own. A little smaltzy, but performed well. I think there are some kids who this book could really help. Having said that, it seemed that the author had more of an agenda (bullying) than a desire to tell a really good story.
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I wasn't sure that I was going to like "Sugar" as much as I did. After all, it's fraught with her self-loathing, with her eating to soothe just about any kind of jangled nerve. And there's plenty to jangle even the most steady of nerves. Kids hate her, her brother's sadistic, her mother is a self-absorbed and horribly abusive tyrant that she slaves for.
Enter Even. I kind of had problems with him at first because his halo's so huge, but he has his own secrets, his own problems, so it winds up working well.
Sugar, Mercy, starts finding nourishment of another kind. And when it all hits the fan and she has to decide who she wants to be, the story brings love, memories, hidden treasures. It was satisfying on the whole, and very, very believable.
Tara Sands narrates it so well, with the cynicism of youth, the wry sense of humor of a girl just trying to get along. Well done!
Please keep in mind that this book is NOT for 11-13 year olds, as Audible categorizes it. This is for young adults, or those who remember terrible times in their past. It's a very healing story that will bring satisfaction and peace.
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