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Author: Deirdre Riordan Hall Narrator: Tara Sands Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781501247729
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I’m the fat Puerto Rican–Polish girl who doesn’t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve always been too much and yet not enough.

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves.

When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother.

Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A unique perspective on familial abuse/bullying.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Sugar’s character has depth, and her unhappiness and determination to conquer it are realistically portrayed. Readers will sympathize with Sugar and understand her struggle to reach her full potential.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Tara Sands deftly presents the sad and challenging life of seventeen-year-old Mercy Legowski-Gracia…Skillfully displaying a wide emotional range, Sands portrays many personality types and delivers diverse accents…Listeners will be moved by an unexpected tragedy that Sugar endures while still celebrating her triumph over many obstacles.”


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About the Author

Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of young adult and new adult fiction. She spends her days writing—imagining and creating worlds—being a complete and utter Harry Potter nerd with her family, or seaside, pretending she’s a mermaid.

About the Narrator

Tara Sands is an American actress, television host, and voice talent who has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. She is former cohost of Fridays on the Cartoon Network. In addition to performing in plays and musicals, her voice can be heard on numerous commercials, audiobooks, cartoons, and video games.