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Big Girl Small

by Rachel DeWoskin

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I found this an interesting read, although not really a 'good book'. Certainly a different topic - a little person at a performing arts school has something happen to her that drives her to run away from home. It wasn't all that difficult to figure out what the horrible thing was going to be by the time it happened (or at least guess the gist of it), but the character was interesting. However, I'm not sure it's very realistic. Judy has pretty high self-esteem - she knows she's a talented singer, deserves the accolades she gets at school and that she's quite pretty. On the other hand, when it comes to parties and boys, she just can't believe that any of them would be interested, especially the one she likes.

But let's be honest, this book is primarily about parties, drinking, and sex. Secondarily, it's about how boys see things (like sex) vs. how girls do and also friendship and families.

I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but thinking back, it wasn't really a book I would recommend readily to others. Teens might find it more interesting than most adults. ( )
  horomnizon | Apr 10, 2014 |
Told in the first person, the protagonist, a 17 year old little person, weaves a stream of consciousness story that is entertaining, funny, heartbreaking, and honest about a personally traumatic event. ( )
  mawls | Apr 4, 2013 |
Crossover title, teen/adult. Very angry-sounding narrator (a dwarf in her junior year of high school), whose life is ruined by a sex scandal. A little predictable in places, but engaging, with a main character you really root for even when she's making bad decisions. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 31, 2013 |
First of all, it looks like the cover has been revised since the first printing, which is great because the cover is totally misleading. Big Girl Small has as its main character a little person, a dwarf, and the cover shows a full-size person holding on to a bunch of balloons.

What is unique about the character of Judy Lohden is that she is portrayed as a typical teenager with artistic gifts who just happens to also be a dwarf. Reading the book, you forget she is a dwarf, because the trials and traumas of her life seem really pretty typical. I like that Judy is portrayed as a strong young girl, capable of making her way in the world of full-size teenagers, who views herself without self-pity. Her misunderstanding of what constitutes a romantic relationship is probably pretty typical of teens. Even when she is betrayed and victimized by a boy she is "in-love" with, she doesn't see herself as someone without any culpability.

I think this is a great book for teen girls. It's honest and realistic and the dialogue is true. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Aug 17, 2012 |
ALEX award winner. Judy is a well-adjusted and confident little person. She's in high school, has good friends, and has a beautiful singing voice. When one of the cutest guys in school begins paying attention to her, Judy falls head over heels and engaging in behavior that is typical for a "star-struck" girl her age. When things go awry and her "boyfriend' does something unspeakable Judy takes off and tries to sort through her thoughts and feelings. This is a well-written and engaging read. Judy does not allow herself to be victimized by her "handicap" and is a powerful character. Some of the circumstances seem contrived (would she really fall that easily for her boyfriend's questionable behavior?) and the ending seems a little unrealistic, but overall it's a great read. ( )
  BrittDonohueWhite | Jul 25, 2012 |
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When people make you feel small, it means they shrink you down close to nothing, diminish you, make you feel like shit.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374112576, Hardcover)

Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old—sarcastic and vulnerable, talented and uncertain, full of big dreams for a big future. With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, she should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town?

The fact that the national media is on her trail after a controversy that might bring down the whole school could have something to do with it. And that scandal has something—but not everything—to do with the fact that Judy is three feet nine inches tall.

Rachel DeWoskin remembers everything about high school: the auditions (painful), the parents (hovering), the dissection projects (compelling), the friends (outcasts), the boys (crushable), and the girls (complicated), and she lays it all out with a wit and wistfulness that is half Holden Caulfield, half Lee Fiora, Prep’s ironic heroine. Big Girl Small is a scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and unwaveringly serious.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:48:49 -0400)

With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, Judy should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town? A scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and profound.… (more)

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