Twelve-year-old Katie is thin, popular, and beautiful. When twelve-year-old, not-so-thin Brenda joins Katie s school, Katie immediately nicknames Brenda Rear-ender. Katie and her friends are very cruel to Katie, but within six short months, Brenda mysteriously grows thin and Katie mysteriously puts on the pounds. Brenda still eats sweets and chocolates, yet she never gains any weight. As soon as Katie puts on the weight, she becomes unpopular and her friends turn on her. Everyone makes fun of her, and Katie discovers it s no fun getting the short end of the stick. Will Katie lose the weight, or will she be known as Weighty Katie forever?
I thought this book was pretty good. Sometimes, though, it was a bit hard to understand, because the book is from the U.K., and I am from the U.S. I liked it, though. Jane Cuff did a good job showing just how cruel bullying can be and what happens when the tables are turned and the roles are reversed. I think Ms. Cuff did achieve her purpose, which I believe is that bullying can be cruel and harmful, especially when you are the one getting bullied.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Hopkins, Michigan USA