Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday/Teenage Waistland by Lynn Biedermen and Lisa Paze

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the SpineThis meme spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Author: Lynn Biederman and Lisa Paze
Publisher: Delacorte for Young Readers
Release Date: Nov. 9, 2010 

“You all believe that losing one-hundred-plus pounds will solve everything, but it won’t. Something far heavier is weighing on you, and until you deal with that, nothing in your lives will be right.”
 –Betsy Glass, PhD, at first weekly group counseling session for ten severely obese teens admitted into exclusive weight-loss surgery trial


Patient #1: Female, age 16, 5'4", 288 lbs.

Thrust into size-zero suburban hell by remarried liposuctioned mom. Hates new school and skinny boy-toy stepsister. Body size exceeded only by her big mouth.  

Patient #2: Male, age 16, 6'2", 335 lbs
All-star football player, but if he gets “girl surgery,” as his dad calls it, he’ll probably get benched. Has moobies—male boobies. Forget about losing his V-card—he’s never even been kissed.

Patient #3: Female, age 15, 5'6", 278 lbs.
Morbidly obese and morbid, living alone with severely depressed mother who won’t leave her bed. Best and only friend is another patient, whose dark secret threatens everything Patient #3 believes about life.

Told in the voices of patients Marcie Mandlebaum, Bobby Konopka, and Annie “East” Itou, Teenage Waistland is a story of betrayal, intervention, a life-altering operation, and how a long-buried truth can prove far more devastating than the layers of fat that protect it.
I am anxious to read this for several reasons. I love the title and the use of the homophone giving it a double meaning. I have read a few books that use counseling sessions to unfold the plot and found them very well done, and unfortunately, obesity is a major issue for today's youth.

20 comments:

Ayanami Faerudo said...

This must be an empowering book. Great pick!

Melissa said...

I definitely want to read this book - especially because I've been on the opposite end of the weight spectrum, having suffered from anorexia for many years. I know this is a huge issue for the youth of our country, and I think it could be really poignant. Excellent pick! :)

Jude said...

Great choice. I'm very interested in this book - hope you get to read it soon.

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. This is what I'm Waiting On this week. J x

Jill said...

I love the title, too...and what a timely premise. Nice pick!

Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) said...

Cute title! I like the sound of this one. Great pick!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this looks really intense, i'd love to see your review of it. i hadn't heard of it before.

Book Sake said...

This sounds like a good read. Has humor and it looks like there will be some life lessons hidden in there as well!

Straylights said...

I like the title as well. this sounds like it will be a very interesting read. Hope you enjoy it when it comes out!



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Kristina Barnes♥ said...

I heard about this one on Randombuzzers and was instantly curious. Obesity is a major, major issue that we deal with in the US, so I'm curious as to how this novel will turn out like.

Jenny N. said...

Nice pick! This one seems good and sounds like one I would like too.

Manga Maniac said...

I am very interested to see what you think of this one, so I hope you get it soon!

DJ's Life in Fiction said...

I hadn't heard of this book before, but it sounds like a very good read. I'll have to keep my eye on it. :-) Thanks!

Staci said...

We both get to see it first hand unfortunately. I've noticed that it's getting worse!

Ava said...

Wow, I haven't heard of this but I'll definitely have to look for it. Looks really good.

Lizzy said...

Ooh, I hadn't heard of this one but it sounds awesome. Now it's definitely going on my list

LMW said...

This is a very interesting pick! I'm anxious to see what you will think of it. We have had many in our family that have chosen to have bariatric surgery, some more successful than others. Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier!
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Lu said...

First time i'm hearing about this book! Great pick :)

Kim said...

This sounds like a really good book. I've been wanting to read Laurie Halse Anderson's book Wintergirls (which is the other side of eating disorders).

Enjoy:-)

Anne Royce said...

Ahahaha!! I love the character description! I'll probably enjoy is as well~ thanks for sharing <3

Darlyn said...

love the synopsis! I think i;ll check this one!

 
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