Title: Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: March 18, 2003
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Action
Medium: Paperback, Bought
Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes was a compelling read. Somehow, I forgot to write a review of this novel on my blog, so I will have to make this review shorter than usual.
The plot was strong and interesting, full of mystery and heartbreak. It tells the story of a girl who mysteriously had her entire face burned when she was young. Her father tells everyone she dumped a pot of spaghetti on herself, but this turns out to be a lie. Her only friend is known as a fat kid, but after he gets on the swim team and loses tons of weight, he is scared she will think he's leaving her behind. And when Sarah is suddenly admitted into a hospital because she won't speak or move, her friend makes it his job to find out what really happened. This plot was gripping, intense, exciting. It was emotional and hit very close to home. Full if mystery, action, romance, all within a contemporary setting, makes for an eventful novel.
The writing was great. It was very realistic and creative, staying very believable throughout the entire novel. It weaves a story of a girl's seventeen year fight to tell what really happened to her, all while knowing she would never be pretty and that more serious things would happen if she did tell. With underlying themes of consequences, sticking up for your friends, being truthful, friendship, and more, this novel makes you question all that you know and makes you think for yourself. A wonderful read for anyone of any age, Staying Fat Sarah Byrnes is a great contemporary read. Magnificent.