What’s this a double post in a week? Daaaaamnnn I must be getting the hang of blogging right?
Or is it just… A BLOG TOUR!!!
I must confess I do love being a part of blog tours and helping to promote and create hype around all the wonderful books that are being published.
Today’s blog tour is a review for Carolyn Mackler’s “The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things”.
Firstly I’m gonna give you a bit of a backstory about this book. Many eagle-eyed Goodread(ers?) will note that the book was originally published like over a decade ago?? This time, however, Bloomsbury republished it just over a week ago. Which ties in nicely with its’ 15th anniversary!
The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things
Fifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex, especially when she compares herself to her slim, brilliant, picture-perfect family. But that’s before a shocking phone call – and a horrifying allegation – about her rugby-star brother changes everything. With irreverent humor and surprising gravity, Carolyn Mackler creates an endearingly blunt heroine who speaks to every teen who struggles with family expectations, and proves that the most impressive achievement is to be true to yourself.
summary taken from Goodreads
!!DISCLAIMER, this book at times, is triggering. A few times I had to stop reading a take a deep breath. Triggers in the book include: Self-hate, self-harm, eating disorders, rape!!
Usually I steer clear of most contemporary books as I am more of a fantasy and non-fiction fan as of late, however, as I enjoy changing up my reading style each month, I was really excited to get stuck into reading The Earth- okay I’m gonna give it an acronym I can’t keep typing the full title out. Where was I? Ah yes, I was really excited to get stuck into reading TEMBAOBRT (even that’s long! Jeez, I’m gonna go with just saying Mackler’s book. That’s a little easier to read right?
So, as I am like 5 years older than the protagonist (that was so hard to write cause like I’m still 15 right? Right?? No? Fuck that means I have to be responsible). Okay, so with that in mind I knew I had to accept that I was
older and that sucks going to meet with and experience these characters decisions and behaviour as if I were still 15. Which I’ll admit was hard (cut me some slack I’m not used to contemporary I am terrible!) but I really enjoyed reading Mackler’s book (that wasn’t too hard to read was it?).
Whilst I did find Virginia a little like many of the same plots I’ve read before, but given this book was published before a great deal many of them maybe this was their inspo? I really did like this quote:
“I think people can choose to be victims or they can choose to be empowered and to carry on. That’s what I want. To be empowered.”
Because especially in today’s world, we so need to empower more people. I grew up in a smallish town going to school with more or less the same people from when I was 5 years old to when I was 18. There were nasty people, stereotypical assholes who liked nothing more than to laugh at something that made you…well, you. Mackler’s book reminded me so much of those painfully awkward and terrible years that made me want to go back and give myself a hug and whisper things get better.
We tend to treat the “anomolies” of our schools as though they are not there. We say bullying doesn’t happen when it does. Schools don’t stop it. The snide comments of “oh I like your…shoes” with that smirky grin, you know the one, it’s that shit eating grin that lets you know they think you’re ugly but the teacher think they’re being kind.
But what this book also shows and reminds us, we do not know the lives of others, only our own. How do we know how each person got to where they are today? Are they happy in their life? Are they sad? Are they hurting? This book reminds us that we are all responsible for ourselves and to stop being judgemental pricks- especially when we don’t listen to or know the full story *cough cough Virginia @ her brother*
All in all, as contemporary books aren’t my usual thing I did find this an interesting book that ultimately reminded me to not judge people before I fully know their story. I am looking forward to the sequel to see what is next in store for Virginia!
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This blog post was just one of the many involved with Bloomsbury’s Spring Titles Blog Tour, check out where to find the other blog posts below!