Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Fat Boy vs The Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach

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It's geeks versus jocks in an epic battle of the beverages!

From "one of the most real, honest, and still funny male voices to come around in a while" (YALSA) comes a brand-new cast of quirky characters, pitting fat boy Gabe against the high school cheerleading team in a battle over control of the school's soda machine.
The war is ON! Never have the stakes been so high. Never have the trenches been so deep. Never has one soda vending machine been so vital. When the high school cheerleading team takes over the machine's funds previously collected by the pep band, Gabe will not stand for it. Something must be done.

This is the perfect book for you if you:

    1) are a keen observer of the high school hierarchy. You either ride the social waves live vicariously through someone who does.
    2 a) root for the underdog because this is a story about sticking it to the man, or gals as the case may be here. 
3     b) despise cheerleaders and all they stand for. 
    3) are a fan of self-deprecating humor because really, is there any better way to be in high school?
    4) notice how your friends seem to be wigging out on you. Changes happen but when a major impending catastrophe is about to wreak havoc on your beloved program, why are your friends worried about who’s liking who? Do they not realize that there’s a war to fight?

Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders starts off with Gabe being questioned by the authorities about a theft. We’re seeing the aftermath and Gabe slowly recounts the events that lead up to the big one. He’s a funny guy. Practical and completely lacking in discipline. The only thing that matters to him is the pep band. When he finds out that the funds raised by soda machine sales has been hijacked by the cheerleading squad without so much as a post-it announcing it, he becomes livid and is determined to take action. Getting his friends to come on board is not so easy and is tricky at best.

As he’s dealing with this, he’s also working on making some physical changes. He’s tired of being the “funny guy” or the “fat kid” that everyone remarks about.  So he solicits his grandfather’s help. Boy is he out of shape.

Fat Boys vs the Cheerleaders is fun and I’m sure there’s plenty that readers will recognize that will make them laugh or cringe. And Gabe is funny. He’s essentially a know-it-all but you do see glimpses of his sensitive side.  Just because he has endured fat jokes and comments so far doesn’t mean he’s immune to how hurtful they can be sometimes. Gabe is an unlikely hero.

~ Bel

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