Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Source: Net Galley
Goodreads Rating: 4.25
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It’s her life: Dad’s a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative’s trailer, where her mom’s contempt swells right along with Colby’s supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby’s role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she’s only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.
I admit, I saw the cover and skimmed the summary before requesting this book from NetGalley. From the cover alone, the white color, the image, the cutesy font that says Heartbreak Comes in All Sizes, I was expecting a dark humor kind of romance. That was definitely not what I got. The book was much deeper and hit quite a few very serious topics. There was a bit of that dark humor but it was nothing like I expected. It got increasingly sad as the story continued, leading you to really feel for Colby and what she’s going through. All in all, it is well written, a good read and something a little different than what you might be expecting.
Also, know that there could be some triggers, including rape, suicide and eat disorders and while other reviews say they’re not handled well, I feel as if they are handled honestly. We don’t live in a happy go lucky world where kids are always nice and compassionate towards each other. Sad, but true. It’s definitely the kind of book you’ll want to talk with your teen about after the finish reading it because of all the heavy hitting topics it covers and the fact that they may be able to relate to some of the thoughts reflected in the story.