The Vine: July 31, 2009
I'm looking for a book I read about twelve years ago; I'm not even sure it was a good book, but it's bugging me. It was in the section of my school library as the Judy Blumes, but definitely wasn't her.
It was an American book, and the plot centred around two sisters going on holiday with their father, and their new stepmother and her son. The older girl was a cheerleader hoping to gain weight; in fact the part that stuck in my mind was a conversation in which she thought it would be great if you could just grab fat off other people and slap it onto yourself, even if the result would be "that people would be scared to get in an elevator with fat people."
The younger girl resented her stepbrother, who was sarcastic, and I think nerdy. The only other standout scene featured the youngest daughter going on a rollercoaster several times and making herself sick. I'm afraid I don't really remember much else, so I'm not giving you much to go on.
I'm not sure why this book stuck in my mind so much, though it's possible that it's because I was mostly reading books set in Victorian boarding schools up until then. If any of your readers can help, I'd be very grateful!
I don't know, maybe I just want my niece to read something that doesn't praise skinny!
Please help. I'm making myself crazy trying to remember the title of a book I started but didn't finish a few years back.
Here's what I remember: It starts with two friends, one of them overweight and insecure, and one of them pretty and shallow. They have decided that they're going to lose their virginity to this shady guy that they've met, and they're having a race to see who gets to sleep with him first. The overweight friend sets up to race so they each start at one end of Manhattan and meet in the middle. She wins the race because she starts from the southern tip and her shallow friend, who starts at the northern tip, is distracted by all the stores on Fifth.
So, the night that she sleeps with the guy, he invites some other woman over (I think she might have been a prostitute) and this other woman ends up getting killed. It was through the fault of the shady guy, but he tries to pin it on the overweight friend. And that's where I had to stop because I was really busy and reading three other books at the time.
Now I can't remember the name of the book, the author (I'm pretty sure it was a woman), or any of the characters' names. And my searches with the criteria I do have (chubby friend, New York race, virginity, death) have turned up some pretty appalling things, but no book title. This is nagging at me and it's totally crazy-making. Can your readers help?
The girl who Googled "chubby Manhattan death race" in desperation
I hope the readers can help me out with this one. Back in middle school, a friend of mine had this beautiful children's book. It was about an explorer who discovered a colony of strange creatures, shaped something like pears but covered with fine green fur. They also looked like they were smiling, although they didn't seem to have any kind of mouth.
If I'm remembering right, the creatures' life cycle had three stages: the regular fur-covered stage, the wrinkled "elderly" stage, and the baby-stage where they looked like little green tear-shaped blobs of gel. The main story is about how popular the creatures become as pets, until a toddler accidentally ingests a baby-creature, and starts turning into one of them.
Wow, with all that information you'd think I could at least remember the NAME. The friend (who I've since lost touch with) who owned this was the same person who introduced me to "D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths" and the "Asterix" comics, so there's a good chance that the book is as cool as I remember.
Like I really needed another children's book obsession after finally getting a copy of "The Jeremy Mouse Book"
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