It’s the diary of Gabriela “Gabi” Hernandez: Californian high school senior, Mexican-American, aspiring poet and self-described “fat girl.” Her voice is outstanding: honest, original, believable and often hilarious—so much so that I read the majority of the book aloud to my husband, and he DIDN’T EVEN SEEM TO MIND. She’s brave, she’s thoughtful, she’s often cheerfully crass. She’s quick to laugh, self-deprecating; she’s capable and passionate. Everything about her and her journey made my heart pitter-pat with joy and contentment and affection and recognition—because while she is very definitely unique and distinctly always HERSELF, readers will see themselves and hear themselves in her story and in her voice.
DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK. IT IS OUTSTANDING AND SPECIAL AND IMPORTANT AND IF YOU ONLY READ ONE MORE BOOK THIS YEAR FOR THE LOVE OF GOD MAKE IT THIS ONE. AND THEN BUY IT FOR YOUR LIBRARY. DO IT NOW, NOW, NOW.