Geoff Herbach Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders

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Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders

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This is the account of 16-year-old Gabe Johnson, aka Chunk, as told to his lawyer. It all started when Gabe decided to investigate the sudden price increase of his favorite soda from the vending machine. Further digging reveals that the vending machine profits, originally used to subsidize the school band, were being funneled to the cheerleaders, leaving the entire band program in financial crisis. Outraged, Gabe convinces his fellow musical geeks to take on the jocks, cheerleaders, and the administration. The conflict eventually escalates, resulting in Gabe s arrest. Everything is wrapped up neatly in the end, with fair punishments meted out, including to the popular students and the school board. On the surface, this novel is your run-of-the-mill rise of the geeks story, complete with self-deprecating humor, over-the-top drama, and useless adults. However, the narrative evolves into a coming-of-age tale in which a teen from a broken home, who uses food as a coping mechanism, begins to take control of his life. As Gabe becomes further invested in his cause, harnessing his leadership skills and beginning a brutal exercise regimen with his grandfather a hilariously blunt former body builder his life slowly starts to click into place. The protagonist is funny, honest, and an utterly likable narrator; his character growth and the decisions he makes are believable and his refusal to be a victim is refreshing. Give to anyone who has felt like an outsider or just wants a fun, fast-paced book with depth. --Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ

Gabe, better known as Chunk, is angry angry at his mom for leaving, his dad for incessantly mourning her departure, and his grandfather for coming to live with them. Above all, he is angry at himself for being fat and the butt of all the jocks jokes. Yet he has always fit in with the band geeks, so it is especially painful to learn that the school has diverted the pop machine profits to the cheerleaders new dance squad, thus canceling summer band camp and possibly the entire band program. Could all this bad news be the catalyst for Chunk to save not only the band program but his self-respect and health as well? With a spot- on ear for teen-boy vernacular, Herbach sets up Chunk s confessional narrative by recounting his anger, frustration, criminal thoughts and tendencies, and arrest. It s a stream-of-consciousness conversation that is simultaneously humorous and poignant. What could have been didactic on many levels, instead comes across as validation of the power of friends, family, and a few understanding, caring adults. --Booklist Online Exclusive

Gabe, better known as Chunk, is angry angry at his mom for leaving, his dad for incessantly mourning her departure, and his grandfather for coming to live with them. Above all, he is angry at himself for being fat and the butt of all the jocks jokes. Yet he has always fit in with the band geeks, so it is especially painful to learn that the school has diverted the pop machine profits to the cheerleaders new dance squad, thus canceling summer band camp and possibly the entire band program. Could all this bad news be the catalyst for Chunk to save not only the band program but his self-respect and health as well? With a spot- on ear for teen-boy vernacular, Herbach sets up Chunk s confessional narrative by recounting his anger, frustration, criminal thoughts and tendencies, and arrest. It s a stream-of-consciousness conversation that is simultaneously humorous and poignant. What could have been didactic on many levels, instead comes across as validation of the power of friends, family, and a few understanding, caring adults. --Booklist Online Exclusive

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From One of the most real, honest, and still funny male voices to come around in a while, (YALSA) comes a brand-new cast of quirky characters, pitting fat boy Ted against the high school cheerleading team in a battle over control of the school s soda machine. The war is ON! Never have the stakes been so high. Never have the trenches been so deep. Never has one soda vending machine been so vital. When the high school cheerleading team takes over the machine s funds previously collected by the pep band, Ted will not stand for it. Something must be done.

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