Will Elsie be able to accept her (beautiful!) new self?
This is the first of two (sadly out-of-print) books following up on the life of Elsie Edwards from Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade, the school fatty with a horrifying mother who eventually loses weight and makes friends with Jenifer Sawyer and her group of friends, who are then maybe-kidnapped to add some excitement at the end.
The Plot: Starts up on the first day of high school, now from the point of view of a still-slender Elsie:
That wasn’t me any more, so I kept walkin’.
While now a beautiful young woman in the 1980s mold (Jenifer says that she looks like “a thin Dolly Parton”, although on this cover she reminds me more of Horse Lovin’ Barbie), Elsie is still emotionally scarred by her experience of being loathed and resented by her mother, absentee father and entire fifth grade class. While still a mathematical genius (she finished her algebra requirements in 8th grade) and talented singer (she gets First Soprano in the school choir without breaking a sweat), as well as a GENUINELY NICE PERSON, she is completely lacking in self- confidence. Continue reading