By: Derek E. Sullivan
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: March 1, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Henry Abbott has the unfortunate nickname of “Biggie” and it’s not because of the size of his nose. Henry is fat. In fact, at the age of 17, he weighs just over 300 pounds.
Henry is happy. At least he thinks he is. He speaks to no one at school and he spends all of his time either studying, playing video games or “talking” online to his multitude of friends. Those friends all live in different states and Henry has never met any of them and he never wants to.
Henry is the son of a high school baseball star, but his biological father gave up all rights to him before he was even born. However, even though his father has never spoken to him, Biggie still lives in his shadow. Since they live in a small town everyone knows his father and everyone expected Biggie to follow in his footsteps and be a baseball prodigy.
Obviously at over 300 pounds, Biggie is not an athlete.
Biggie is in love. He has loved Annabelle since they were in elementary school, but he has barely ever spoken more than two words to her. That fact does not keep him from fantasizing about taking her on the perfect date.
Biggie may be super-smart when it comes to his high school academics, but he has no clue how to go about getting a girl.
His quest to make Annabelle his girlfriend leads him out of his comfort zone and forces him to actually socialize for the first time in years.
This story follows Biggie on his plan which takes many twists and turns and ultimately leads him to finding himself.
I love the fact that this book takes unexpected turns and does not take the path that I expected it to.
With bullying being such a hot topic in today’s society, this book is relevant and timely.
The story is well written and the characters are detailed and fully formed.
I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. It is a great debut novel. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
To learn more about the author visit http://www.dereksullivan.com