I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!
On a somewhat personal level, I can relate to the way the main character, Colby, feels about her weight. I've never known what it's like to be skinny, or not wondering if other people are thinking about your weight when you're with them. However, for a book that I thought was about a girl's struggle with her weight and loving who she is, it actually has very little to do with self-image so far.
The book so far is mostly about Colby's family and her dad doing stupid stuff, like having an affair and being a felon for stealing massive amounts of campaign funds. And somehow Colby's family blames her for this because she's the one who found out about the affair--as if that really has anything to do with big-picture. Meanwhile, I'm fed up with just about everyone, especially the conservative characters who completely misrepresent an entire political side by making comments like, "History shows us that powerful men often stray. That doesn't mean they're pad people." Actually, I think anyone with half a brain can see that a man who cheats on his wife and only thinks about himself when he has three daughters, one of whom is still a little girl, is in fact a scumbag. I know we're not supposed to like any of these characters, but it doesn't make it any easier to read.
I still hate present tense.