Fat Angie CoverSynopsis

Angie is broken — by her can’t-be-bothered mother, by her high-school tormenters, and by being the only one who thinks her varsity-athlete-turned-war-hero sister is still alive. Hiding under a mountain of junk food hasn’t kept the pain (or the shouts of “crazy mad cow!”) away. Having failed to kill herself — in front of a gym full of kids — she’s back at high school just trying to make it through each day. That is, until the arrival of KC Romance, the kind of girl who doesn’t exist in Dryfalls, Ohio. A girl who is one hundred and ninety-nine percent wow! A girl who never sees her as Fat Angie, and who knows too well that the package doesn’t always match what’s inside. With an offbeat sensibility, mean girls to rival a horror classic, and characters both outrageous and touching, this darkly comic anti-romantic romance will appeal to anyone who likes entertaining and meaningful fiction.

Why This Book Rocks!

  • Will entice reluctant readers
  • Themes of sports, romance, coming of age, empowerment
  • Won an ALA Award
  • Issues of bullying, body image, family, loss, suicide, self-harm
  • Cinematic


Choose to Read Ohio 2017-2018
American Library Association’s Stonewall Award 2014
American Library Association’s Rainbow List 2014
Westchester Fiction Award 2014
EBSCO Core Collection List 2013 (1 of 8 books selected)
Lambda Literary Award Finalist 2014 (Adult Crossover Category)


American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults
American Library Association’s Teen Choice List
2014 Tayshas Consideration List
Cybils Award

Best Seller List …

Fat Angie garners a #5 in The Denver Post. It’s not the NY Times but hey, it’s pretty darn
awesome to know that the good people of Denver are that into this amazing

Teaching Tolerance Magazine,#54

Teaching Toolkit

Fat Angie PDF Teaching Toolkit (created by Choose to Read Ohio)

Reviews & Blogs

Publishers Weekly (Starred)
School Library Journal (Starred)
Philadelphia Enquirer (High Recommend)
Bustle “9 Books To Read While Waiting For Roxanne Gay’s ‘Hunger'”
“5 Fat-Positive Queer YA Books”
Diversity YA
Meg Medina Blog
Write All The Words
The League of Shadows
Teen Scene
Amber’s Teen Reads
Mug of Moxie
Blue Marble Books
Books For You

Short List of Books That Address LGBTQIA+ Narratives

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saez
Ask The Passengers – A.S. King
If You Could Be Mine – Sara Farizan
The Stars and The Blackness Between Them – Junauda Petrus
If I Was Your Girl – Meredith Russo
Lizard Radio – Pat Schmatz
Putting Makeup On The Fat Boy – Bill Wright
Cemetery Boys – Aidan Thomas
The Mariposa Club – Rigoberto González
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me – Mariko Tamaki; illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Two Boys Kissing – David Levithan

Quotes From The Trenches

I bought a copy for my great niece. She has read it three times and swears it has changed her life!!!
– J. Don Luna, Chair, Department of Theatre & Dance, Texas A&M University-C.C.

I’ve said it to anyone who will listen: Angie is my favorite YA character of all time.
– Jennifer Brown, Author, Hate List

Fat Angie is an incredibly sensitive book, yet entertaining at the same time. That’s a rare and
precious combination!
– Margarita Engle, Author, The Lightning Dreamer

As a mother, Angie made me want to hug her and do whatever I could to help, so she wouldn’t
be in so much pain.  As a teacher, I wanted to clear away the noise around her and support her,
so she could hear herself and do what she needed to do.  As a reader, I wanted to go everywhere,
see everything, and do everything with her so I could really know her.  As a human, I want to share
Fat Angie with all sorts of people so her story can be known by people who need to know it.
– Kirsten Cronn-Mills, Author Beautiful Music For Ugly Children

Fat Angie has led to many great discussions about bullying and why being a bystander is just as
bad as being a bully. This is dialogue we need to have with kids, but we often times have no idea
how to begin. Fat Angie has been a vehicle for change, and her story has allowed me to meet my
students in a real place where we can have real discussions about bullying. Teenage years are a
time of self-discovery, and e. E. Charlton-Trujillo has given readers a rare glimpse into the mind
of a teenager as she struggles to accept and love herself. I have recommended Fat Angie to many
of my students, and they have all had similar responses by saying, “I am Fat Angie.” This. Book. Is. Real.
– Kim Summers, Teacher, Urbana High School

Angie is dealing with intense bullying, a detached mother, and a captured war-hero sister, and
recently attempted suicide. New girl KC Romance comes to town and helps her see herself more
clearly. But KC’s friendship doesn’t bring about perfection: Angie needs to decide if she wants the
same type of relationship that KC is looking for, and KC has her own ghosts to confront. A solid
friendship story, but not the light-hearted variety.
– Kim Johnson Dare, Librarian, Fairfax County Public Schools

More than “an issues book about a very important topic that needs to be told” Fat Angie is also just
an actual good book, regardless of topics or issues dealt with – however harsh (extreme bullying,
bad home situation) these may be. Whether you’re a struggling teen, a caring teacher, a dedicated
librarian or an avid reader, Fat Angie will give you comfort, joy and hope.
– Els De Clercq, English Teacher, Belgium

Everyone on the planet should have to read this book, or one like it, to gain a better understanding
of the lives of others and how different they can be. And with knowledge comes, hopefully, more
understanding and tolerance… and maybe even some new friendships and help between those that
are so apparently different on the surface. We are all human. We are all hurt, although by different
means. I wish this book existed 25 years ago when I was a teen.
– Thomas J. Avery, Professional Photographer

You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, you’ll cheer. Angie proves that we have the strength inside us to overcome
great adversity. This is a book to read over and over, and then to pass on to a troubled young person
in your life.
– Connie Goldsmith, Author, Bombs Over Bikini

This book should be required reading for students and teachers both. It’s excellent. I have given it
as a gift numerous times, bought copies for our school libraries, and have recommended it for my
book group. Read it more than once. This book is amazing.
– Marcia Wickes, Educator, Urbana School District

What an awesome book for young women to read. It is sincere, honest, and true to girl’s feelings.
I wish I would have had a book like, “Fat Angie,” to read in my youth.
– Audrey Patrick, Retired Educator, Cleveland, OH

The characters’ voices so raw, sharp, and realistic as they face the various traumas in their lives
that so many of our students face. The spectrum of conflict, tension, emotion so reflective of our 21st
century realities is deeply touching, and handled with an insider’s perspective—one who has been
through the fire again and again, and with the outsider’s (the marginalized person’s) experience,
and handled with honesty, tenderness, tremendous empathy, wit, and humor.
– Dr. Robin Carstensen, Assistant Professor of English, Texas A&M-CC

I knew a Fat Angie in high school. Peripherally. And until I read this book I didn’t really know it. I wish I could go back and be a better friend to what turned out to be a very good person. This was a moving, engaging, compelling read; Fat Angie made me think deeply about my youth. and things I might have done differently. Things I could have done better. This book can be an awakening for those in the now and revelatory for those whose opportunities have passed. Either way, it will touch you deeply.
– Kevan Atteberry, Illustrator & Author, Bunnies

Addressed with candor, kindness and honesty. Issues that many kids face everyday on the bus, in the school and at home. Angie found strength and courage in unlikely friendships and, most poignantly, within herself. Her journey made me cry, applaud, and think. Pick up this book and read it today.
– Elly Swartz, Author, Finding Perfect (2016)

A perfect example of what makes books magical: they allow us to see the world through another’s person eyes, growing empathy and understanding in their wake. Angie crawled into my heart and opened my eyes. Her story may be different from mine, but her hurts are the same: loss, rejection, grief. Her courage inspired me, as I’m sure it will inspire many readers.
– Amy K. Nichols, Author, Now That You’re Here

Angie is believable, tragic, triumphant … human. It is a kind of love story that readers aren’t accustomed to reading, and that’s why it is such an important novel. No matter who you are, and who you love, there is a little bit of Fat Angie in all of us.
– Cindy Vela, High School Librarian,  South Texas

Fat Angie tackles heavy topics — war, death, bullying, alienation, and family dysfunction — yet, the story is life affirming and a must read for people of all ages. Find yourself through Fat Angie’s memorable story.
– Kate Horan, Library Director, McAllen Public Library

Fat Angie, made me cry. Please keep on writing! Your just what the new generation needs.
Nowadays people(teens my age) might not even open up books from the library, but reading
a book as fantastic as yours gives me reasons to want to enjoy life more and keep on reading.
My heart feels pain for Angie as if she was a real person!
– Teen Ruthy, Facebook post