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A scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and unwaveringly serious.Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old - sarcastic and vulnerable, talented and uncertain, full of big dreams for a big future. With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, she should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts highA scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and unwaveringly serious.Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old - sarcastic and vulnerable, talented and uncertain, full of big dreams for a big future. With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, she should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town? The fact that the national media is on her trail after a controversy that might bring down the whole school could have something to do with it. And that scandal has something - but not everything - to do with the fact that Judy is three feet nine inches tall. Rachel DeWoskin remembers everything about high school: the auditions (painful), the parents (hovering), the dissection projects (compelling), the friends (outcasts), the boys (crushable), and the girls (complicated), and she lays it all out with a wit and wistfulness that is half Holden Caulfield, half Lee Fiora, Prep's ironic heroine. Big Girl Small is a scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and unwaveringly serious....

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Number of Pages : 294 Pages
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Big Girl Small Reviews

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2019-04-19 22:33

    Onvan : Big Girl Small - Nevisande : Rachel DeWoskin - ISBN : 374112576 - ISBN13 : 9780374112578 - Dar 294 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2011

  • Katie
    2019-04-15 19:21

    Part PSA, part freak show*, this book is disgusting. Gang raping a Little Person? Really? But it's OK, because after the boys get expelled from school, our heroine is much more popular with other girls who've "been through stuff". BARF.Judy's mom doesn't press charges against the Neanderthals who GANG RAPED HER DAUGHTER (yes, I am shouting), because: Why ruin the futures of three young boys who made a mistake? A mistake? They didn't cheat on their finals; they gang raped someone! I get that she doesn't want Judy in the spotlight, but to NOT press charges against three 17 year old's who drugged a dwarf/little person, raped her, taped it, and showed everyone, is saying that what happened is OK. Oh, and p.s. Were these young men suffering from brain damage? They committed a heinous crime and showed it to everyone? How does shit like this get published?*I do not mean "freak show" to be indicative of the fact Judy has dwarfism, and belongs under the big top. I am implying that the character's make inane choices, and the novel is a disgrace to humankind.

  • Gina
    2019-04-02 00:32

    Nice idea but my motivation for reading was basically to see what the scandal was. After the big reveal, the novel devolved into a chronology of events - this happened, then this happened, then we did this and this and this - and it became so obvious that the author hadn't thought this through. Also I'm tired of these sarcastic teenage narrators. I feel like every time a first person narrator is slightly out of the ordinary, they have to make up for it with quips and sarcasm. It gets old, especially when the plot is kinda weak. Not all of us who were high school nerds had awesome humor to make up for it :/ Also, not that this matters as much as the weak plot, but I really didn't get a good handle on the narrator's friends. She spends a lot of time ignoring them, in fact, and she never really learns much else about her crush, even though his backstory/motivations might have been interesting to explore. Ultimately, the book plays it too safe by the end. Despite all the horrible stuff that has happened, things just get smoothed over, and the narrator takes on the attitude of one who lived through this scandal ten years ago, and not ten days ago.

  • Jojo
    2019-03-27 00:18

    Really 1.5 stars.At times, the writing was so bad, I wondered how this could've gotten published without some serious revision. I get that the author was going for a conversational tone, as in Catcher, but close reading of Holden's angsty words reveal so much depth that I can teach that book over and over and learn something new every time.Judy is no Holden. Her voice is interesting at first but then becomes repetitive. How many times do we have to hear that she considers herself "hot" and "cute" and well-proportioned although she is a dwarf? Ok, we get it!! She's cute! And she can sing. And she has a hard time reaching things, and sometimes---but not always---people do a double-take when they see her, but it really isn't enough to keep the story going.Of course she likes a boy. Of course he is sweet to her but turns out to be a jerk and a user---or wait---does he? Or is he a nice guy at heart? Can he be excused because of his alleged tragic past? By the time we get to this point in the book, we don't care.Judy may dislike being underestimated because of her size, but she labels and dismisses everyone she meets, including her best friend, who is forever referred to as Goth Sarah instead of just Sarah. Maybe that's simply to remind the reader what "type" Sarah is supposed to be, instead of actually developing her character. The other new girl at school, Molly, seems to exist to show people that pretty, smart black girls can have lawyer/law professor parents and adorable little sisters (I'm guessing that the Obama family was the model here, you think? Molly and Susanna= Malia and Sasha?) Then there are the swimmer guy, the fat guy, the Amazonian music teacher, the nerdy, maybe-gay math teacher and the pretty, kind-hearted AP Lit teacher. So many characters, all of them cardboard cut-out stereotypes! I haven't even mentioned Judy's parents and brothers, or her best friend from California, or the pot-smoking beauty with the wannabe-MILFy mom....oy! Lots of descriptions of how these people look, but not much else. When the Big Thing happens (and if you can't see it coming from miles away, you are dense) it is rather anticlimactic and poorly resolved. And, again, there is no reason for Judy to be a dwarf, because the bad thing happens not due to size-related bullying, but because Judy makes terrible, terrible choices that any girl with as much confidence and intelligence as Judy supposedly has would never make.Still, I finished it. So 1.5 stars, rounded up to 2 because for the first few chapters, I was enjoying this.

  • Marie
    2019-03-31 21:14

    I pretty much hated this book. Judy is a 16-year-old little person transitioning to a private arts high school. She's smart and talented, and she says she confident, so why does she make such tragically awful choices? Aside from not liking Judy AT ALL, I really hate books that feel obligated to describe what someone is wearing when it really makes no difference whatsoever. "I was wearing red tights, a denim skirt and a soft sweater." Who cares? Is Judy really into what she wears because she's a teenager? Sure, I remember that from when I was 16. So tell me that she agonized for half an hour trying to figure out what to wear, but don't tell me that she wore red tights if it DOESN'T MATTER. And while I'm at it, I hate books that are hyper-focused on location, especially because 99% of the readers don't live there. "I walked down Orange street and took a left on Apple, then walked about two blocks and took a right on Banana." How does this help me? What does this add to the story? Nothing. And how about scenes like the one where Judy walks down those streets and ends up at a park where she buys popcorn and hot chocolate and then sees some kids she knows but doesn't want to be seen so she hides? It's as if the author was trying to find ways to add pages to the book - because this scene means NOTHING. And the ending? Oh, please. Did I like anything? Yes. I liked Billy's character. In fact, I think this book would have been so much better if it were simply Judy telling Billy her story, in the motel. More Billy - his guidance, his probably-on-the-spectrum thoughts and insights, would have been so much better.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-04 21:17

    As a mother of a 17 year old daughter, I thoroughly enjoyed the protagonist voice of 16 year old Judy Lohden. Rachel DeWoskin captures the crazy way the teen brain functions. Judy is a 16 year girl who just transferred to a performing arts private school. She wants to fit in desperately. She’s a good kid, well-meaning, and very talented….and happens to be a person of little stature aka a dwarf. DeWoskin uses the dwarf angel to make the story a bit edgey, and she doesn’t use it to make her main character a victim. In fact, the main character is self assured, talented and as well adjusted as any 16 year old could possibly be, given they are 16. It’s a story of a 16 year old girl, navigating her way through high school. The reader is treated to the complexities of fitting in and trying to do well. The novel begins with the reader discovering that Judy is on the lam. She’s hiding in some seedy motel room, confessing her story to Bill, a middle-aged man who is also staying at the hotel. The reader knows that somehow this story doesn’t end well since Judy is holed-up in a hideous motel. What makes this novel a delight is Judy’s thoughts and justifications for all her decisions. Judy’s story is sweet, ill-conceived, tragic, and funny. It’s a story that could happen to any 16 year-old girl, in any school. It’s a great read for an adult with teenage children, for we forget how those teen brains meander to what they think is fine judgment. It’s a great story.

  • Jane
    2019-04-14 21:27

    At one point in Big Girl Small, protagonist Judy wonders whether it is worse to have someone love you because you are different or if it is worse to have someone love you in spite of that. I think that summarizes Judy's central struggle throughout the book. As a sixteen-year-old dwarf, Judy gets treated differently by others because of who she is. While she's generally a smart and well-adjusted young woman, Judy naturally at times longs for lanky limbs and a normal life. She wants to be seen as more than just her 3'9" height, yet she realizes that her dwarfism is irrevocably intertwined with who she is and that those who seek to understand her must ultimately acknowledge her height and how it has affected her life. A paradox! I like it. Kyle. There was so much more that could have been done with Kyle's character. There was so much more that I wanted to know about him. However, I respect DeWoskin's decision to leave us in the dark about him because in many ways, that's true to the novel and true to life. You don't always get to know everything. This book doesn't work unless the reader believes that Judy loved Kyle. I believed it. Like Judy, I believed at first that he was sweet and a good guy. I believed that she realized that it was just teenage love, but that it still felt more real than anything else. And so I believed that she was able to rationalize, deny, ignore the signs that perhaps Kyle wasn't quite so wonderful after all. Finally, Judy herself is a flawed protagonist. She can be whiny, judgmental, shallow, and inconsistent, as teenage girls are wont to do. I appreciated that Judy's family and friends were very much supportive, present, and developed. The novel does tend to meander and wander for the first half before the plot starts to snowball-- whether or not that's a real criticism depends on how you much you enjoy hanging out with Judy's narrative voice. Unfortunately, I also managed to guess what the terrible cause for Judy's hiding out was far before it was actually revealed. That got rid of a lot of the suspense.

  • Elaine Oliveira
    2019-03-27 00:15

    I didn't like it at all. The idea was great, the development not so much.In terms of narrative tone, it's like reading "Catcher in the Rye" all over again - which is a pain for anyone past their teenage-angst years. The main character, Judy, complains too much, believes in an nonexistant self-importance and hates the world for what she is.There's no plot, per se. It's like 'listening' to a teenanger talking 100mph non-stop about bits and pieces. When you think she's getting to the end of something, she's already in the middle of another. It's annoying how the so-called storyline is interrupted all the time by comparisons of Judy's life to well-known, classic films or musicals.I do agree that some issues raised are quite worth discussing, but the author doesn't do it any more than allow the reader to infer that Judy has had a spotless happily ever after or something.

  • T. Greenwood
    2019-03-30 23:21

    The premise of this novel is what most intrigued me: a sixteen year old dwarf involved in a high school scandal. But it was the voice of the narrator that captivated me. I really loved Judy; her self-awareness was both refreshing and heart-breaking. The plot was handled deftly, and the suspense of both what happened and what would happen as a result kept me turning the pages. My only complaint, and I'm not even sure it's a complaint at all, is that it felt geared toward a YA audience. I think I'm grappling lately with what makes something YA...is it simply the age of the main characters? It seems more nebulous than that. Regardless...a quick, suspenseful read with a truly unique and well-wrought narrator.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-29 21:16

    This book has been on my to read list since I heard the review on NPR last summer. When you begin Rachel DeWoskin’s “Big Girl Small”, know that the narrator, Judy Lohden, is hiding out in a rent-by-week motel, that she is a high school student, that some of her classmates have done something awful to her and that she is a dwarf. This smart, extremely well written story is not a freak show, but rather a story about real friends, loving families, messed up kids and tragedies that can and do happen to any girl. Read this when you have time to devote several long reading sessions as this is an absorbing novel you will not want to put down. (Note: read in March 2012, recently found the review I had posted elsewhere.)

  • Debbie
    2019-03-25 01:13

    If what you are looking for is a book that sets you right down in the midst of high school angst, this book is for you. DeWoskin does a good job of that. My negatives: that is the last place on earth I'd like to return to. Also 300 pages inside the head of a 16 year old girl is, like, tiresome. Also, I had a hard time believing her parent's response in the end.

  • Jolieg G
    2019-04-09 18:11

    Wilde op een gegeven moment het boek wegleggen.. het boeide me totaal niet...Toch doorgelezen en ben daar blij om. Vind het trouwens geen kinderboek... meer een boek voor jonge meisjes.Blijkt ook wel uit de 4 sterren.

  • Hope Baugh
    2019-04-15 23:27

    2012 Alex winner. (The Alex award is given to up to 10 books annually that were published for adults but which also have potential teen appeal.)Judy is a dwarf (or little person or person of short stature, NOT a "midget.") She is a good writer and has a knock-out singing voice, so she was accepted to the elite performance arts high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her average-sized parents, who run a local restaurant, and her average-sized brothers love her very much. She also has several good friends. However, she is telling her story from a seedy motel room where she fled after "it happened." She takes her own time telling the story because the feelings associated with it are complicated and she is struggling to process all the layers of it, but you guess pretty early on that the beautiful, popular boy she thought she loved and maybe loved her back videorecorded her having sex with him and his friends one night when they were all drunk.I listened to 2/3 of this book on audiobook CDs, narrated by Tai Sammons. The audiobook narrator had good diction, good emotional expression, and the sound of her voice was in many ways a good match for the snarky-gifted-stunned teenaged main character, but often it seemed as if she hadn't read the book ahead of time and thought about which words needed more emphasis than others. I kept questioning her line readings, which kept knocking me out of the story, even when I ultimately decided they were okay for someone trying to portray a smart teenaged narrator that had had the ground pulled out from under her. The aural distraction was especially annoying because this isn't the kind of book where you're reading/listening to find out what happens - you know what happened on the surface - you want to know if this likable girl will make it through this horrible experience and come out whole on the other side. In the meantime you're engaged by the skilled use of language, the unusual-to-most-people world view, the vibrant setting, and the tension produced by Judy's struggle to actually say what happened and confirm what you've guessed. And the humor! While I think the audiobook narrator's pacing fit the writing, it made me antsy not to be able to move more quickly through the depressing parts and linger over the joyful and/or fascinating parts and re-read the confusing parts. I finally got the print version and finished the book that way, and now I wonder if maybe the literary voice of the main character is just so strong and lovely that no actor can do it justice? Or maybe I just wanted to make it come alive in my head myself? I do have control issues. (lol) Anyway, all that said, I loved this book and plan to re-read it from the beginning in print form after a while. I agree with the Library Journal reviewer that this offers "the old high school ache from a very different perspective and from a good writer, too." I also agree with the Kirkus reviewer that "DeWoskin creates a compelling voice for Judy and performs neat literary magic, confronting the stereotypes of teen fiction even as she uses them to pull the readers' heartstrings." More than one professional review used a different name for the boy than the one I remember from the published book and audiobook (the reviews say Jeff instead of Kyle) so I wonder if the name changed in between the ARC and the published book.

  • Kate Z
    2019-04-09 00:26

    (this book is really more like 3 1/2 stars for me)I selected this book for Challenge #1 in the group "You'll Love This One ... A Book Club and More ..." The challenge was to choose a book entirely by its cover. This book came across my NPR newsfeed and the cover immediately jumped out at me. It reminded me of the (original) Wally Lamb book "She's Come Undone". It also reminded me of the book . Apparently I have a "thing" for blue covers. I selected the book and committed to it for the challenged then read the write ups and was instantly sorry. I even considered bailing on the challenge. The book is the first person story of a dwarf high school girl who goes to a special performing arts high school. The premise is basically, "If you thought YOUR experience as a high schooler was bad trying being a dwarf ....". Ugh, right?But as soon as I got up the courage to open the book and start reading some of my fears were alleviated. The voice of Judy, the main character, is funny and sarcastic. It turns out that being a dwarf really is a metaphor for Judy's experience as a high school girl ... and I mean that in the good and subtle way. It's not an overdone device that is trotted out. I found this book both brutal but honest. Witty and tragic. To borrow a phrase from my friend Colleen, "there's a train wreck coming" and you know it from the first sentence but you're compelled to watch. No turning my head in this book.I actually don't know if this is technically a YA book but I found it funny that I was drawn to this book because of the similarity of its cover to two other books I had enjoyed and that both of those books were about a high school girl trying to make her way. Perhaps it's a publishing "thing" to use a bright blue cover with a simple image of a young girl in some form or other (in this case floating away with a bunch of brightly colored balloons) for a coming of age story. This would be a good book club book - lots to discuss and think about.

  • Kim
    2019-04-06 01:14

    This book tells the story of a girl named Judy who is a Little Person attending a performing arts high school. She does pretty well fitting in with everyone until a humiliating scandal leads her to run away to a hotel from where she is telling her story. I had high hopes for this book after hearing a good review on NPR, but a lot of things fell flat for me. First, the scandal was very predictable. I think I guessed on page one what was going to happen to Judy, so it didn't even feel shocking when it finally did. Also, Judy seemed to have no emotions at all. She kept saying that this humiliating thing had happened to her, but I didn't feel like she really felt humiliated, so it was hard to feel sympathy for her. I don't know, there was something in-authentic about her voice. I felt like the book was trying too hard to be Catcher in the Rye-ish - a teenage narrator who is much wiser than the adults around her, making insightful commentaries on the human condition. But it just didn't work. Some of the author's descriptions were painfully long - like what I swear was an entire paragraph detailing every single step in the process of Judy making tuna sandwiches. And there were times when a character would enter a room to make a dramatic statement or something and the author would break the action to tell us everything she was wearing. It was kind of frustrating. After all that I've said, I guess I should add that the book did hold my attention. I read it quickly and the story wasn't bad. I guess it just felt like a missed opportunity - a lot of potential that didn't really go anywhere fabulous.

  • Linda
    2019-04-16 01:23

    I am giving it 5 stars because it made me laugh out loud immediately and it made me think on every page. I don't know if everyone will like this book, though, so I have reservations about recommending it. It covers a very small window of time: the period of high school when you are completely wrapped up in your every emotion. I think she does an amazing, exacting job of describing the feelings that go along with being a 16 year old girl. And she does a perfect job of describing teen boys through a teen girl's eyes. I particularily loved this and was moved by this probably because of where I am in my life. I absolutely understood her description of them and felt recognition of those same impressions. But I also spend an awful lot of time with teenage boys and my adult self sees them differently now. So this book made me think very much about myself and how it could be possible that I could be 45 but also be the same person I was when I was 16? So just like the main character who made everything all about her, I am making this book all about me. My 5 stars are for the way it made me think and feel and I am just (barely) self-aware enough to realize that it might not strike everyone the same way. Here is a partial list of the ways I felt while reading this book: sad, disturbed, happy, empathetic, angry, joyful, generous, grateful, pleasantly surprised, unpleasantly surprised, selfish, troubled, worried, sad again, unworthy, worthy, happy, hopeful, delighted, affectionate, tender. I will never forget it.

  • Ariel
    2019-04-17 23:26

    I listened to this as an audiobook. I loved the first half - Judy had a unique voice, sarcastic yet thoughtful, that put a spin on the usual high school perspective. But in the second half the plot got in the way of the character development and writing style, which I think were the best parts of the book. I would have enjoyed this more if it was a less dramatic story with more exploration of Judy's normal life, rather than the scandal that engulfed her.SPOILER ALERTI also found it really frustrating that after Judy got black-out drunk and was videotaped having sex with three guys, everyone was only concerned with the social, moral, and legal consequences. Why didn't anyone (including her parents) take her to get tested for pregnancy and STDs? And why didn't Judy's parents or any of the adults in her life hold her responsible AT ALL? I understand that she was victimized, but she also didn't make a smart choice to put herself in that situation, and everyone just acted like she had no agency whatsoever. Maybe I'm taking this too seriously, but I felt like if there were high school girls reading this book, I'd want them to realize how to approach these kinds of situations differently than Judy did.

  • Liz
    2019-03-27 19:09

    I love that the idea for this book is first appears as the insane ramblings of an unstable character in another of DeWoskin's books. The concept is entirely absurd, but rendered with such sensitivity, humor and believably that I just wanted to step into the novel and give the main character a hug.I also really appreciated that, while there was an over-arching mystery (what's the scandal?!) to the story, it wasn't so oppressive that everything leading up to its reveal is an annoyance that you just wanted to be done with to find out what happened. The things that happen along the way are meaningful and engaging and flesh out who the character is, rather than serving as filler to draw out the mystery.Part of my love of this story might have been that, having gone to an arts high school where I stood out for a physical difference (not height), I could completely relate to the main character. Even if you didn't attend a school full of talented kids who didn't look like you, the main character's voice is so real, her world so tangible, I think you'll find something to relate to and hold on to in this charming, sometimes heart-wrenching, story with a twist.

  • Alicia
    2019-04-18 22:16

    This multi-faceted book is hard to sum up in a few sentences. At its core, it is a book about an extremely talented teen, different from her peers in that she is a dwarf, who makes a few critical bad choices and ends up at the top of the news. But the book is so much more. The author completely captures Judy's teenage voice. Although I haven't been a teen in many years, and my inner voice has changed from teen to mom, as I read Judy's inner dialogue, I was surprised at how true it rang. DeWoskin also captures Judy's struggles and acceptance of her dwarfism in such a clear manner that I had to read the back cover to see if she herself is a dwarf. Although I am not sure that I like the way Judy's parents handled her very complicated and destructive situation (read the other reviews if you want to know what happens), as a parent, I could understand why this scenario could ring true. I think that when we are used to the role of protectors for our children, we sometimes will choose to protect even if it means it may not mean that someone else pays.

  • Tina
    2019-04-20 19:20

    I just wrote a long review and lost it so I will only say that I really enjoyed this book but I think it will be a love it or hate it book for many. It reads something like Cather in the Rye with the self absorbed 16 year old girl perspective, but I really enjoyed the character and her views on her world. "True love is not a one time event" I would have hated hearing that as a teenager, but I think Judy learns that the feelings you have and the actions you take for "love" don't have to be diminished by what happens to the relationship. Obviously her case is extreme, but I think her perspective of teen love was good.

  • Nora Elkady
    2019-03-27 19:31

    I'm tired of reading books of sassy, sarcastic (almost rude), teen age girls as the protagonist. There was nothing special or new about this book along with most other books about high school. The main character herself was uninteresting and unlikable throughout the whole book, she always spoke so highly of herself about how "hot" or "cute" she was even though she was short, or how she had the greatest voice ever, or how she got the best grades and all the teachers loved her. Quite honestly if I hadn't done my summer reading on this book I would have skipped 200 pages to the end just to get the book over with.

  • P1/2 Lauren
    2019-03-23 19:37

    Big Girl Small is a novel that is both touching and a bit repetitive. But overll the book is a really good and quick read to enjoy.In most partss of the novel I felt as if the main character didnt feel sympathetic towards herself more than scared, lonely, or shy towards others. I liked this book because even when you are different aside from everyone else you can still be yourself. Rachel is a small girl that was born with dworfism. She doesnt have many friends except for the ones that everyone thinks look alike. BUt after reading to the end of the story I figured that not matter whats wrong, you will always be loved by someone. And Rachel has found love even being the way she is.

  • Mrs. Nelson's
    2019-03-25 02:34

    Judy has always stood out: she's got a gorgeous voice, serious acting chops, and a less-than-average height; Judy is a little person. She's always been reasonably comfortable with herself - her parents raised her to be confident. So Judy doesn't think high school - at a prestigious performing arts school - will be too difficult. But things go horribly - and publicly - wrong in a way she could never have imagined when some students take advantage of her naiveté and vulnerability. Judy is defeated completely - will she ever be able to lift herself up? High schoolers of all sizes (and adults as well) will be able to relate to this story of angst, tragedy, and forgiveness.--Review by Lauren

  • Kirsten
    2019-04-03 01:32

    This has a great narrative voice, and some really witty clever passages. That said, the flashback-y frame narrative did not work all that well for me. Also, at the point where the book should be building to a climax, we basically retreat.... into Judy's head. For pages and pages. That really broke the momentum for me, and I just didn't want to bother sitting through what amounted to a lot of obsessive self-pity. The ending felt strained as well. Too bad the way it began wasn't sustainable.

  • Alexei
    2019-03-31 00:26

    I found that the whole book was just one long prologue. It talked too much about Judy's past and not enough about what was currently going on. I felt it was a book on just teenage drama, and I get enough of that! The only thing that makes this book unique, is that the protagonist was a "Little Person". Otherwise, It was just a book on re-living the shitty parts of High School. I gave it 2 stars because it was a little interesting, until it just dragged on. I also found that her being a "Little Person" didn't add much to the story but a few more pages.

  • Becky
    2019-04-04 18:15

    I truly cannot resist books about high school. Even if their writing is nothing special (as here) I get so sucked into teenage girls' high school drama. Nostalgia perhaps? This one has the added interest of a protagonist who's a dwarf/little person. It's a good metaphor for the alienation/out-of-place-ness that so many high schoolers feel. Good, juicy coming of age stuff.

  • Meghan
    2019-04-20 01:18

    Currently blowing me away.

  • BookLover
    2019-03-31 19:35

    Very disappointing but not bad if people want a perspective touchy feely book

  • Paris
    2019-03-23 01:27

    I read this book a few summers ago and I loved it. It received a 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. I read some other reviews of this book and I saw some pretty low ratings. This shocked me because I loved this book and I gave it 5 stars. The book was about a girl named Judy, who was a dwarf and was attending a specials arts high school. Judy, had a talent of singing, she was pretty much a prodigy at it. She is going to this new school and did I mention that she is a dwarf, so eyes were definitely on her. She instantly meets a new friends and the two of them go to a party on Friday. While there, Judy spots a guy with dreamy eyes, the type of guy that you only see at in the vampire movies. Judy wants to meet him so bad, but since shes the new girl, she does not know a lot of people. While going to the bathroom, she walks in on her dream guy, peeing!! Talk about first impressions!! Since the ice is already broken between the two, they begin talking and they actually hit it off with one another. Later romance plays a key role between the two. You´d think that the two of them would live happily ever after but NOPE, try again. Judy ends up getting gang rapped by her dream guy and his friends. BOOM! Another teenage rape case happening. This is a very good book and I would totally recommend it to someone who like teenage drama books. Rachel Dewoskin, the author did a good job with the imagery and character choice!

  • Rose Henke
    2019-04-10 20:09

    The book Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin, is an interesting, must-read realistic fiction story about a teenage girl who is trying to fit in with society. However, it’s not too easy for her because she is only about 4 feet tall. Judy Lohden is a sixteen year old girl who lives with her dad, mom, and younger brother Sam. They live in Ann Arbor Michigan, where her parents own a restaurant called The Grill. Judy is a smart and interesting girl who has a great voice for singing. This is one of the reasons she ended up at Darcy Academy for Performing Arts.The book starts off where Judy is in an old and rundown motel, and continues through first-person storytelling of why she ended up there. She is alone at the motel and nobody (including her family) knows that she is there. Judy explains that there was a tragic event that happened at school and the media won’t leave her alone. She can’t come to face her family and friends after what happened, and she tells the reader her story with a shocking conclusion. Judy tells the story of the transition from her old school to this Darcy Academy. Her life is going good: she has landed into senior voice (which is very hard to get into at her age), has made new friends (Goth Sarah and Molly), and even talks to Kyle Malanack, Darcy’s most popular junior. This all leads to the horrific event near the end of the story. Judy doesn’t know how she will ever come to face the world again.Any young adults looking for an interesting, modern-day, relatable novel will enjoy Big Girl Small. It’s a medium-length read that will fly by. This novel demonstrates the struggles teens face everyday to fit in with their peers, and leaves you with the question of when something knocks you off your feet: Will you give up or will you get back up and keep fighting?