How I Heard About It:
*I've known Jarrett for several years now. He was kind enough to send me an ARC of his upcoming novel which will be released in May 2023. I was excited to read because everyone who has had the privilege of reading an advanced copy, has had nothing but stellar comments about the story. I sat down yesterday afternoon and didn't get back up until I finished the book.
What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:
*Will is fat. He knows it. He now knows his classmates know it.
*He has learned to protect himself from others by piling on the "layers".
*Will is retreating further and further away from everyone and taking refuge within his drawings.
*While escaping the toxic environment of the school cafeteria, Will meets a new student Marcus.
*Will takes on his own "demons" with both positive and negative outcomes.
What I Thought Of It - Five Observations/Reflections
*I have never read anything quite like this book. The story blew me away.
*The format was engrossing, engaging, and so entertaining.
*All the feels were displayed on each and every page: sympathy, compassion, sadness, outrage, and complete joy.
*Even though Will's story was about his weight, I found myself relating to many of the themes and aspects of his story. While reading, I was brought back to my elementary school days.
*Will's story will be an important one upon its release in May. I can't wait to share with my students.
Who Should Read It:
*Because of the format, the book would be ideal to put in the hands of individual readers so they are able to take it all the story has to offer; including both the text and illustrations. The story will be perfect for upper elementary and middle-school students. Happy Reading!
Rating: 5+ STARS out of 5 Stars
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