The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

  • by Carolyn Mackler
  • Narrated by Johanna Parker
  • 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This irreverent, but touching tale is a 2004 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book by acclaimed author Carolyn Mackler. 15 year old Virginia Shreves is overweight and doesn't have many friends, but wants to be like her family: picture perfect. What she knows about her family, however, slowly begins to change after one tragic phone call.


What the Critics Say

"The heroine's transformation into someone who finds her own style and speaks her own mind is believable and worthy of applause." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

All about taking charge!

As a bigger person in a skinny world, I was interested by the title and wanted to see if my view was the same as "Ginny's".

The story progresses through some troubles, some decisions, and some changes that make this a wonderful story. It allows the reader to see the world from a different point of view from, possibly, his/her own.

This is a great story for 14 yo and up. There are some sexual situations and an adult situation regarding the main character's brother. However, overall the story is very much worth the time and the theme comes through loud and clear. I loved it!

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- Karen

Boring Teen Angst

This story starts out funny and enjoyable. The preview makes it sound fun but don't be fooled. One third of the way through it the main character gets REALLY depressed and they talk about date rape and self mutilation lot.
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- Harold

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-21-2006
  • Publisher: Recorded Books