Thursday, March 25, 2010

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have - Allen Zadoff

Andrew Zansky is a sophomore in high school, involved in Model U.N., studies hard, gets good grades, and he's overweight. He gets picked on at school because of his weight, especially from a bully named Ugo. His parents have split up and he lives with his sister and mother, who's a caterer. He meets April over the summer at one of his mom's catering jobs, and then when school starts up she's going to the same school as Andy. One day Ugo is picking on him when O. Douglas, the quarterback of the football team, saves him from getting beat up. Andy then decides to try out for the football team. He makes it as the new center on the offensive line. He hangs out with O. Douglas who agrees to help him get April interested in him, and in return Andy helps him out with his homework. As it turns out April is more interested in O. Douglas than Andy. As the game against Brookline approaches Andy finds out that the center on last years team got his leg shattered by the Brookline center. Andy begins to question himself about why he went out for football, and is being popular all its cracked up to be.

I loved this book. It was funny and enjoyable. I liked that after Andy got onto the football team he remembered who he was. Yes, he was popular and hanging out with the jocks and cheerleaders. Everyone at school saw him a different way, and not just as an overweight loser. He began to see that being popular and playing football wasn't really who he was, even though he enjoyed it while it lasted.

T.B. 3/25/10

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