Editor’s note: Librarian Maria has brought us a new book in her series on bullying. Thanks, Maria, for bringing these reviews to us!
Title: Fat Boy Chronicles
Authors: Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan
Being the new kid in a new high school is tough, but it’s a little harder for Jimmy than for most. At 5’5”, Jimmy weighs 187 pounds. He is continuously tormented and ridiculed about his weight. His one friend at school is bigger than he is. Needless to say, both get their fair share of being humiliated on a daily basis. Luckily, Jimmy has a super supportive family to help buffer the abuse he gets at school.
“I’m getting used to all the picking stuff, but that’s not what’s getting me – it’s feeling invisible. I go hours at a time without anyone noticing I exist.”
Inspired by a true story, this book is written in a diary format. It is a quick read, but still thoughtful and rich in description of what it’s like to be Jimmy. There are many things I liked about this book, but I thought one diary entry in particular was really interesting. In it, Jimmy states, “I’m getting used to all the picking stuff, but that’s not what’s getting me – it’s feeling invisible. I go hours at a time without anyone noticing I exist.”
I had never thought about how feeling invisible could hurt as much as being teased. It’s a different perspective for me. Sadly, both sound like painful experiences. Jimmy is a fighter, though, and he is a lot stronger than he realizes. I liked Jimmy, and if you read this book, I think you’ll also be rooting for him.