Laura finds out that, Ricky, the boy who created her horrible nickname, “Lard Butt,” has moved back into town—and immediately schemes to keep him quiet. After all, she can’t let her new swim teammates, especially drool-worthy Noah, hear the horrible name! No way!
She’s determined to put a million years between grade school and junior high—even in the face of a father who drives an éclair, a would-be-movie-star mother who suddenly moves back home, and a past that comes back to haunt her with the dreaded nickname.
Although Laura’s embarrassed about how she looks in a swimsuit, she tries to stay true to her vow to take risks. She even lets Maria talk her into going to the school dance, where she braves negotiating a truce for a quarreling couple.
New friendships form, Laura’s mother starts getting too domesticated for Laura’s comfort, and hints of romance start to develop—or do they?
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I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
Also Known as Lard Butt is a story for middle grade readers. It’s about Laura, who has a poor self image because of her large derriere. She feels like no guy could like her because of her butt. She tries to talk to herself positively but often fails. Her mother, a wannabe actress, doesn’t help. She’s always trying to get Laura to wear dark colors to “hide her problem.” Luckily, her mom isn’t around too often.
Laura’s best friend, Maria, seems to have a little more sense when it comes to body image and is supportive of Laura. As the school year progresses, Laura learns that there’s more to life than just having a perfect body. She learns not to worry so much about what other people think and to enjoy the family and friends she has.
I enjoyed the author’s writing style and especially her sense of humor. An example is when Laura unexpectedly sees a guy she has a crush on in a restaurant: “Startled, I whacked myself in the chin with chicken…” I think we’ve all been there. Also Known as Lard Butt is a coming of age story that I definitely recommend for tweens.
About the Author
Ann Herrick grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University. She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart. Their wonderful daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-rottweiller-beagle mix. While she misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Ann loves cats, walking and working in her back yard. In addition to stories and books for children and young adults, Ann also writes copy for humorous and conventional greeting cards.