The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things Book Report

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The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

Carolyn Mackler

Brittany Kazmierski
English 1st Hour
March 25, 2012

The author of my book is Carolyn Mackler. She was born in Manhattan on July 13, 1973. When she was one, her parents moved from Greenwich Village to Syracuse and then to Brockport, which is a small village in Western New York (and the setting for many of her novels and stories). Carolyn graduated from Vassar College in 1991. In 2003, Carolyn's second book came out. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things went on to win the Printz Honor. Carolyn writes about literature-fiction, romance, and young adult. Carolyn stated, "People always ask me, 'Why do you write books for teenagers?' Lots of reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that I honestly believe that, along with certain friendships, I was saved by the books I read during those years as a teenager. They spoke to me in a way that nothing else did. They helped me feel less alone. They made me laugh. They made me feel like there was a world bigger than my high school." Now Carolyn lives with her husband and son in New York City.

The main character of the story is Virginia Shreves. She is an average teenager. She has blonde hair, and a little overweight. Everyone in her family has dark hair and darker complexion than her, so she insists she is adopted. Her family is supposed to be the "picture perfect" family and it looks as if Virginia is the ugly duckling of the bunch. But her family is not what it seems. Her mother is a psychiatrist for teens. She is a tall, slender woman. She goes to the gym constantly to try to keep her figure because she was overweight as a child and she refuses to go back to that life. She helps people with their problems but fails to face her own. Her father is a blunt person. He says what he thinks without thinking. He is always emphasizing about how woman are supposed to look and how looks are everything. Byron is her older brother. He is handsome,...
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