Friday, May 9, 2014

Book Review: Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach

You can blame the vending machine. You see, the vending machine that sold soda (or pop) funded the band's summer camp. Gabe, Chunk, Johnson bought a lot of Code Red Mountain Dew, partially because he loved it, and partially because he was in the band, and he loved supporting the only class he enjoyed. First the cost of soda went up. Next, the band lost their funding and finally there was a sign saying that the soda machine was now supporting the new dance team.

This is when Gabe decided to take action. Maybe not right away, but when no one else stood up for the band, or even pointed out how horrible this was, he realized he had to do something. He was angry and didn't want to lose the one thing he liked about school. So he decided to take up the fight no one else would: to save the band, and defeat the evil cheerleaders.

Gabe tells his story to a lawyer, from the beginning. He leaves out no detail, from stealing money from his grandpa, to his past relationship to current cheerleader Kailey, to his fair weather friends Justin and Camille. Everyone is connected to the story, and the story is quite involved.

Fat Boy Versus the Cheerleaders is a hysterical look at high school and the different people who roam the halls, and what happens when something important to them is at risk. Gabe may not be the most popular guy, but he knows what he likes, admits when he's wrong, and fights for the things that really matter to him. Fans of books like Carter Finally Gets It and Swim the Fly will want to check this one out this summer.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Just finished Dreams of Gods and Monsters!)

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