Published by Aw Teen on March 1st 2015
Henry "Biggie" Abbott is the son of one of Finch, Iowa 's most famous athletes. His father was a baseball legend and his step-dad is a close second. At an obese 300+ pounds though, Biggie himself prefers classroom success to sports. As a perfectionist, he doesn't understand why someone would be happy getting two hits in five trips to the plate. "Forty percent, that's an F in any class," he would say. As Biggie's junior year begins, the girl of his dreams, Annabelle Rivers, starts to flirt with him. Hundreds of people have told him to follow in his dad's footsteps and play ball, but Annabelle might be the one to actually convince him to try. What happens when a boy who has spent his life since fourth grade trying to remain invisible is suddenly thrust into the harsh glare of the high school spotlight?
‘Biggie’ is one of the first books this year that I can relate to. Because, I myself, am a bigger lady. Fluffy as I put it. I know the pain of being teased and made fun of in school. The author grabs your feels right in the beginning and takes you along right until the very end.
Biggie AKA Henry has quite the history and deals with so much in the present as well. He is a smart kid, with good grades. Henry chose to gain more weight as he grew up, because it kept people from him. He wanted to be less of a target and not noticed by his peers. It made him less of a target in school, after being pointed out that day in Elementary and receiving his nickname. Biggie.
His parents were young when he was born, and his father gave up his rights. His mom is at the end of her ropes with his weight, and has stopped caring. Both his dad and his stepdad are involved in baseball. I did not like his parents or his stepfather, they all frustrated me SO much! You can’t force a child into a sport, or anything for that matter, that they do not like. Ugh.
This book is an amazing coming of age book, from a character who deals with different things than the normal character you would read about. It deals with a real issue some kids deal with daily. I felt so much reading this, and my heart hurt for him. It’s not easy being the big kid, and fellow teenagers can be so cruel and heartless.
About The Author:
Derek E. Sullivan is an award-winning reporter and columnist at the Rochester Post-Bulletin in Minnesota. As a reporter, he has written more than 1,000 stories about the lives of teenagers, which he attributes to helping him find his YA voice. He has an MFA from Hamline University and lives in Minnesota with his wife and three sons.