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Supplee, Suzanne.
New York : Dutton Books, 2008
ISBN 0525479023 
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To say that it was not the best time of Rosemary Goode’s life would be an understatement. At home, her mother and her aunt nagged her about losing weight. At school, she was the brunt of the thin, beautiful girls’ jokes. Even her Christmas presents, motivational books from her aunt and a treadmill from her mother, were disappointing. But Rosemary was resourceful, and she had a plan. The treadmill proved to be a great place to air dry clothes that she had washed in an effort to stretch them out. And each time she ate because she was hurt or angry or wanted to prove she was in control, she vowed that she would not eat all the waffles or attack her stash of chocolate again.

Life, though, does not always go according to plan. Rosemary had hoped to return to school after Christmas vacation a few pounds lighter, but when she stepped on the scales on the fateful January morning, she saw something she had never seen before. She had actually managed to gain ten pounds, and now she weighed in at 200 pounds! To make matters worse, she’s fighting with her aunt more than ever, and her mother has cancer. There are new worries at school, too. Why is Kay-Kay Reese, one of the prettiest, most popular girls in school, suddenly being nice to her? And could that handsome athlete that Rosemary has secretly been watching in study hall actually want to date her?

Join Rosemary as she embarks on a journey of life changing discoveries and nurturing relationships, both old and new. No one has a perfect life, and everyone has problems, but with the support of family and friends, anything is possible, even when the journey takes us to places we don’t expect to go. Share Rosemary’s trials and triumphs. Read Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee. 

Prepared by: Melissa Mixon, Media Specialist, Chesterfield High School for South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees, 2010-2011

SUBJECTS:     Overweight persons -- Fiction.
                        Weight control -- Fiction.
                        Self-esteem -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Tennessee -- Fiction.

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