by Lisa Fipps
Author: Lisa Fipps
Page Count: 256
Publication: March 2021
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Reviewed by Natalie
Though geared for the middle grade set, this novel in verse is in no way an easy read. Ellie has been bullied for her size ever since she was five years old. It's hard dealing with her classmates who mock her for her size; it's even harder when it comes from her own mother.
Even though I have not experienced exactly what Ellie has, I have been bullied and I know the toll it can take. I was blessed with a support system of family & friends. At the beginning, Ellie only has her dad as her best friend is moving away. She meets her new neighbor and they form a fast friendship. There, Ellie learns what family support truly is.
Forced into therapy, Ellie fights it at first, but begins to open up about what she's feeling and how other people make her feel. She also learns how to stand up for herself against her bullies and her mother. There is no pat ending where everything is wonderful and I really liked that. It's more realistic.
Certain things won't change for Ellie, but she changed enough to be able to be more proactive about it. Seeing her growth makes up for the heartbreak I endured reading her story. A worthy read for all ages.