Sunday, December 20, 2009

Book Review: Food, Girls and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff


It's tough being the fat kid, just ask Andrew Zansky. It doesn't help that his pants size is printed on the back of his pants, and he knows this year that number is 48, and 48 is the biggest number available. With a new school year coming up there isn't much he is looking forward to. That is until he meets April, a cute girl at an event his mom is catering.

What once was a comfortable life of eating, participating in Model United Nations, and hanging out has now been turned upside down thanks to a few lies, an amazing soccer play, and an accidental football tryout. Now the center for the varsity football team, Andy finds himself popular and well-liked, in spite of his weight.

Andy's new life revolves around keeping football a secret from him mom (you'll get hurt!), impressing his lawyer dad (billing by the hour, even his own son) and not alienating his (former?) best friend. What Andy needs to do is figure out why he is playing football.

Food, Girls and Other Things I Cannot Have is a laugh out loud funny book about a high school aged boy trying to find where he fits in, and figure out what he wants. Author Allen Zadoff gets voices Andy just perfectly, that you can't help laughing with him and cheering him on in the end . Similar to Carter Finally Gets It, and Sleeping Freshman Never Lie, this another hysterical look at the inner workings of a normal high school boy.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Finally reading Lauren Myracle's Peace Love and Baby Ducks, one of the MCTBA Nominees!)