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Sarah Byrnes and Eric have been friends for years. When they were children, his fat and her terrible scars made them both outcasts. Later, although swimming slimmed Eric, she stayed his closest friend.

Now Sarah Byrnes -- the smartest, toughest person Eric has ever known -- sits silent in a hospital. Eric must uncover the terrible secret she's hiding, before its dark currents pull them both under.

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061968501
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Due to copy and paste, formatting has been lost.I guess I don't really care for the way that Crutcher writes. This is the second book I've read by him, and neither of the books I've read by him have really spoken to me. I just don't really like them at all. They're alright, but they always seem to just drag for me, and I really dislike that in a book. I want some action! You know what I mean?I'd say that Eric himself was a good character, but he had some flaws. For one, he was forever trying to get Mark's beef, and generally driving everyone in the vicinity insane. Not that Mark wasn't a total ass, but he made up for it, just a little, in the end. Now Eric though, he drove me insane the entire time. I could not get him to shut up. Really. It was that bad. His character's voice is literally in my head now. He won't shut up. But I guess some people look for that in a character. Not me. Never.I really would have liked to have read some of the story through Dale Thorton's point of view, because it seemed like he could have been an amazing character. He was just so.....interesting. And that's what I look for in a character. One's that'll keep me interested. He did. I wish that this book had been as fast in the beginning as it was in the end, because I think that would've improved the book somewhat. Not that we'd ever get over Eric's voice in my head! But it might have helped a bit. Also, for being called 'Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes', Sarah Byrnes was not in the book near as much as I thought she would be. All in all, I'd say I was entertained, but not really fulfilled.more
At the opening of this novel, Sarah Byrnes is in a mental hospital and suddenly mute, and her best friend, Eric "Moby" Compton is trying to figure out why his best friend all of a sudden refuses to talk. While this book is not really about staying fat, but more about the things that draw friend together, what brings about trust, and what secrets should stay secrets, it is nonetheless an excellent read. There is a subplot about abortion and religion, which is a bit 1990s but probably still appealing to kids today. Overall a good read.more
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Due to copy and paste, formatting has been lost.I guess I don't really care for the way that Crutcher writes. This is the second book I've read by him, and neither of the books I've read by him have really spoken to me. I just don't really like them at all. They're alright, but they always seem to just drag for me, and I really dislike that in a book. I want some action! You know what I mean?I'd say that Eric himself was a good character, but he had some flaws. For one, he was forever trying to get Mark's beef, and generally driving everyone in the vicinity insane. Not that Mark wasn't a total ass, but he made up for it, just a little, in the end. Now Eric though, he drove me insane the entire time. I could not get him to shut up. Really. It was that bad. His character's voice is literally in my head now. He won't shut up. But I guess some people look for that in a character. Not me. Never.I really would have liked to have read some of the story through Dale Thorton's point of view, because it seemed like he could have been an amazing character. He was just so.....interesting. And that's what I look for in a character. One's that'll keep me interested. He did. I wish that this book had been as fast in the beginning as it was in the end, because I think that would've improved the book somewhat. Not that we'd ever get over Eric's voice in my head! But it might have helped a bit. Also, for being called 'Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes', Sarah Byrnes was not in the book near as much as I thought she would be. All in all, I'd say I was entertained, but not really fulfilled.more
At the opening of this novel, Sarah Byrnes is in a mental hospital and suddenly mute, and her best friend, Eric "Moby" Compton is trying to figure out why his best friend all of a sudden refuses to talk. While this book is not really about staying fat, but more about the things that draw friend together, what brings about trust, and what secrets should stay secrets, it is nonetheless an excellent read. There is a subplot about abortion and religion, which is a bit 1990s but probably still appealing to kids today. Overall a good read.more
This was my second Crutcher book and I was a little disappointed to notice a similar formula as Deadline: discussions in class address major cultural issues, main character is sports star, an adult teacher serves as confidant, secondary antagonist is a fellow student that either dies or commits suicide. Still, Deadline was such a great book because the main character was so intriguing. The formula worked because of the language and the relationships among the characters. I just couldn’t quite bond with this main character, Eric. His friendship with Sarah Byrnes was not believable enough for me and its setting lacked depth. I’m not going to let this book change my mind on Chris Crutcher, I think he is a great writer. I just hope this suspiciously similar formula is not his signature.more
A great look at the unlikely friendship between two students with "terminal uglies": HS senior Eric Calhoune, so fat they call him 'Moby' and Sarah Byrnes with a scar-torn face, the victim of a fire. As the book opens, Sarah is in the local mental hospital as a sudden mute. Eric must figure out why his best friend has stopped talking... and why some secrets should remain silent.The book is a little dated: the abortion subtheme, and stereotypical characters (Sarah's psychotic Dad, the religious principal and conservative do-gooder student) seem heavy-handed to this reader. Still, no one captures high school sports, male bonding and guy dialogue like Crutcher.more
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