Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders (Hardcover)
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From Geoff Herbach, the award-winning author of the hit young adult novels Stupid Fast and Nothing Special, comes a tale that will resonate with fat kids, nerds, dorks, gamers, geeks and teen outcasts of all kinds—an authentically funny story for anyone who has suffered from teasing and bullying at the hands of the high school social hierarchy. And decided to do something about it.
Join a cast of quirky misfits as fat boy Gabe, aka Chunk, goes up against the high school cheerleading team in a battle over control of the school's soda machine. A marching band geek who drowns his dysfunctional family woes in a voracious soda habit, Gabe relishes his role as class clown, fending off harassment from students and teachers with his own brand of irreverent, self-deprecating humor. But when the cheerleading team takes over the funds previously collected by the band, Gabe will not stand for it. Something must be done.
It's geeks versus jocks in an epic battle of the beverages!
Hilarious and poignant, Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleaders will have teen boys and girls alike cheering on this underdog turned unlikely hero. Reluctant readers and fans of Chris Crutcher, K.L. Going, and Andrew Smith's Winger will love Herbach's straightforward writing style and realism. "One of the most real, honest, and still funny male voices to come around in a while" (YALSA).
About the Author
Wee Wisconsin boy, Geoff Herbach wanted to play for the Green Bay Packers or join The Three Stooges. His tight hamstrings left him only writing. Now he writes YA novels, including the award-winning Stupid Fast series, and teaches at Minnesota State, Mankato where he blows his students' minds with tales of football and comedy glory, none of which are true. Visit www.geoffherbach.com for more information about the author, his books, and much more.
"Framed as a transcript of events recounted by Gabe to his lawyer, Herbach's (Stupid Fast) novel realistically addresses the difficulty of making major life changes and the empowerment of not feeling the need to blend in." — Publishers Weekly
"A funny popcorn read
The funny, profane text embraces the idea that nobody is perfect…Gabe’s character growth will satisfy any appetite. " — Kirkus Reviews
"[A] funny, honest, and an utterly likable narrator; his character growth and the decisions he makes are believable and his refusal to be a victim is refreshing. Give to anyone who has felt like an outsider or just wants a fun, fast-paced book with depth." — School Library Journal
" This is a must-read for all band geeks and a fun summer ride for anyone who remembers the factions of high school and the challenges of trying to fit in" — The Plain Dealer
"The multiple facets of this story blend together beautifully, creating a hilarious story told with a fresh and realistic voice that teenagers will easily relate to. Highly Recommended" — Library Media Connection
"Gabe encapsulates the perfect outsider teenage boy voice with just the right amount of vulgarity and sarcasm... a great addition to a library serving teen guys." — VOYA