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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,362 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rachel DeWoskin Narrator: Tai Sammons Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 Arts 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “I loved reading Big Girl Small as much as I loved watching The Breakfast Club for the first time. Is Rachel DeWoskin our new John Hughes?”

    Isabel Gillies, New York Times bestselling author of Happens Every Day

  • “The voice of Judy Lohden will ring in my head for weeks to come. A first page so funny and fierce I read it aloud to my teenagers—in public…Judy Lohden speaks for all young people facing the unspeakable ignorance of others. Yet Rachel DeWoskin handles the story with the sensitivity of a scalpel and a humor that leaves the reader howling. I was delighted and moved.”

    Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

  • “Daring…It’s a rare author who is willing to subject her protagonist to the extreme ranges of degradation and redemption to which DeWoskin subjects Judy; thankfully, she manages it beautifully.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The layering in of what it feels like to be seen as disabled gives an old story line new depth. Sure to appeal to fans of coming-of-age fiction and readers who enjoyed DeWoskin’s acclaimed memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing, and her debut novel, Repeat after Me.”

    Library Journal

  • “DeWoskin deftly captures the often vicious dynamics of adolescents, which mask their fragility, and creates in Judy an unforgettable character, one who is, by turns, sardonic and heartbreakingly vulnerable.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “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.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Big Girl Small is the most engaging novel I’ve read in many years. DeWoskin has aimed the book at all the pleasure centers: it’s sad, funny, quirkily suspenseful, and—most of all—beautiful. I can’t imagine a more satisfying read. A book for anyone, anywhere, who’s ever felt alien or different. That is, a book for everyone.”

    Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng

  • “Witty, intuitive, and moving, Big Girl Small examines the crucial moment when we either listen to what the world says and stay small, or dare to sing out at the top of our lungs.”

    Nicola Keegan, author of Swimming

  • Winner of the 2012 YALSA Alex Award
  • One of Newsday’s Favorite Books of the Year in 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margi | 1/31/2014

    " An interesting book about the trials of high school, but with an added twist. Judy is a " little person" who has her own struggles in school and life. Then something goes terribly wrong and things go downhill for Judy very quickly. A great story about true friends and the length that some will go to for you. It is also a tale of things that can go so terribly wrong before we even know what is happening. It is nice to see that Judy stands tall through it all and the perpetrators are dealt with in a realistic way. The book deals with many high school issues in a realistic way. Would generate good discussions for book groups. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alexei | 1/25/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lani | 1/21/2014

    " Very well written. I really enjoyed Judy's voice. The story was difficult to take at times, but interesting real characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kristy | 1/12/2014

    " Well written, but not recommended. Questionable content... "

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About the Author
Author Rachel DeWoskin

Rachel DeWoskin is the author of the novel Repeat after Me and of Foreign Babes in Beijing, a memoir about her inadvertent notoriety as the star of a Chinese soap opera. She lives in New York City and Beijing and is at work on her fourth book, Statutory.