Title:Fat Boy VS The Cheerleaders
Author: Geoff Herbach
Release Date: 06/01/2014
Reviewed by: Hayden
Everyone has something, inside or outside, that they don’t like about themselves. Whether it’s weight, looks, lack of confidence, or intelligence, everyone has something. This is a story about accepting and trying to fix those traits in everyone. Gabe (aka Chunk) is fat. He’s fat. He’s fat, and he lets people laugh about it. Day in and day out people laugh, poke, prod, and mistreat him, and he does nothing about it. Chunk’s personal motto is even “don’t cry, laugh.” However, when the cheerleaders plunder the band program’s only source of revenue, Chunk has had enough. This means war. This chubby class clown becomes the leader the geek and the weirdos need to stand up for themselves. With the star football player, and a girl who takes pride in her terrifying nickname, Gore, at his side, the cheerleaders better watch out. All hell is about to break loose.
I thought this book was going to be short, quick,and funny. In a way, I was right. What I didn’t expect was a wonderful, thought-provoking story about standing up for yourself, never giving up, and fighting the power, man! Every bit of the story was interesting, engaging, and just downright real. Told from a jail cell after the events of the book transpired, this book personifies the need to not take attacks siting down, especially attacks from those who would take the things we love from us. I recommend this book to anyone who has no problems with laughter and tears, mostly at the same time.