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Niven, Jennifer.
New York : Knopf, 2016
ISBN 0385755929

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Being a teenager is hard but being a teenager dubbed the “World’s Fattest Teen” is even harder.  Libby Strout has recovered from being cut out of her house to save her life, lost a ton of weight, been to thousands of hours of therapy, and now feels ready to face high school.

Jack Masslen has everyone fooled that he has life all figured out especially high school. In reality he has a secret that has him terrified and is barely managing to survive high school.

Sometimes when you meet someone it changes the world yours and theirs. This is what happens when Libby and Jack meet at MVB High through a cruel prank that lands them both in hot water with the principal, their parents, and each other.  They are forced to do community service and group counseling and they begin to learn about each other and themselves and find that if you look hard enough you really can see someone.  (Oklahoma High School Sequoyah Award, 2018)

Booktalk #2

Libby Strout lost her mother unexpectedly when she was ten years old. She ate her grief away, becoming morbidly obese and a social media spectacle. Jack Masselin is a popular guy, with lots of cool friends, but he’s working hard to hide a secret: he can’t recognize any of them from day to day as the result of a neurological condition that causes facial blindness. Jack and Libby’s worlds intersect after a bullying incident, and their resulting relationship ultimately enriches both their lives in surprising and wonderful ways. (Florida Teens Read (FTR) 2017-2018)

SUBJECTS:     Brain -- Wounds and injuries -- Fiction.
                        Obesity -- Fiction.
                        Prosopagnosia -- Fiction.
                        Romance fiction.

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