Saturday, January 29, 2011

Food, Girls, And Other Things I Can't Have - Allen Zadoff

Food, Girls, And Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff
15 yr old Andy Zansky weighed 307, when the new school year begins, he's down to 306.4 pounds. He's in model UN with his best friend Eytan. Andy doesn't like model UN, but figures its an after school activity someone like him should do. His parents are separated. Andy and Jessica his younger sister live with their mother.

I've heard a lot about this book, and I am so glad I finally read it. I loved Andy's voice.

"God went on vacation my first week of school. There's no other explanation. Here's the bright side. April looks good in gym clothes. Really good. When she turns, I see the outline of her bra through her T-shirt. It takes my breath away, and I didn't have much breath to start with. April glances in my direction, without thinking, I speed up. It makes no sense for a guy who can barely run to run even faster, but my body does it automatically. It's like it doesn't give a crap what it can and can't do. When it sees April, it tosses out the rules and starts hauling ass."

To impress, April a new girl, Andy decides to make some changes. He uses his weight to his advantages and goes out for football. After making the team Andy believes everything will turn around for him. Soon Andy is hanging out with O, the quarterback and the most popular kid in school.

I really enjoyed reading a YA novel that isn't set in an all White H.S. Food, Girls and Other Things I Can't Have is a great story with a wonderful twist


MissA said...

This book sounds really funny, although the title makes me sort of sad =/

But hey I'm glad Andy uses his weight to his advantage!

evelyn.n.alfred said...

Sounds interesting.

Liana said...

I'll put it on my list

Katie said...

Andy's voice does sound great. I like him already. Definitely adding this to my mental to read list.