Reader's annotation: Lara Ardeche is perfect; thin, beautiful and popular she is a lifelong pageant winner and recently elected homecoming queen. Lara's life changes forever, however, as she rapidly and inexplicably gains weight
About the author: Cherie Bennett is a novelist, actress, playwright, and has a syndicated advice column for teens called "Hey Cherie!" Bennett's father, a writer for such television shows as The Twilight Zone and Your Show of Shows was an inspiration for his daughter to begin writing. Before becoming a novelist, Bennett penned many successful plays including Honky Tonk Angels which was sold to TriStar pictures in 1992. Her first novel, Life in the Fat Lane (1998) brought her even greater notoriety after it won ALA's Best Book for Young Adults award in 1999. Bennett has also written other critically acclaimed books for young adults, including A Heart Divided (2004), Anne Frank and Me (2001), and Searching for David's Heart (1998). Many of Bennett's plays have been adapted to novels, and vice versa. Cherie and her husband Jeff, also an author, live in Salt Lake City, Utah. (from www.cheriebennett.com/about.asp)
Popularity and image
Weight gain and loss
Reading level/Interest Age:
Father having an affair
Unhealthy eating habits (binge and purge, anorexia, laxatives)
Recommended for grades 8-12.
Recommend parent read book before child.
Recommend parent discuss book with child.
Recommend parent or doctor discuss healthy eating habits with child.
Reasons for inclusion:
Positive reviews from Publisher's Weekly and School Library Journal.
Winner of ALA's Best Book for Young Adults award 1999.