I finished reading Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee today.
Blubber meets Steel Magnolias in this funny and honest story about body image and family.
Rosemary Goode is smart and funny and loyal and the best eyebrow waxer in Spring Hill, Tennessee. But only one thing seems to matter to anyone, including Rosemary: her weight. And when your mom runs the most successful (and gossipy) beauty shop in town, it can be hard to keep a low profile. Rosemary resolves to lose the weight, but her journey turns out to be about everything but the scale. Her life-changing, waist-shrinking year is captured with brutal honesty and humor, topped with an extralarge helping of Southern charm. A truly uncommon novel about an increasingly common problem.
I think this book deals with an important topic--obesity--in a such great ways. It shows that 1) You can be loved for yourself no matter what your body looks like and 2) You can lose weight in the correct way, to be healthy.
Rosie was such a great character. She seemed so real. Not wanting to exercise at first and being embarrassed. But soon coming to love who she was and taking her health more seriously. And she showed that she struggled, not that it was just suddenly easy to lose weight. She stayed true to herself the whole book.
But the book wasn't all serious. It had a gossipy southern charm to it. I think this would be a great book for any teenage girl to read!
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2013 150+ Reading Challenge: 38
2013 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 31
2013 Embarrassment of Riches TBR Reading Challenge: 4
2013 Quick Fix Challenge: 16
*FTC Disclosure: I won this book in a contest.