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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 Sep 22, 2009
ISBN: 9780061968501
List price: $9.99
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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.read more
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Great book. Wonderful 'real' character and lots of controversial topics, this book makes you think about life and question your ideals.Eric Calhoune is fat. His best friend is Sarah Byrnes who has a burn scared face from 'accidents' when she was a young child. Eric as a high school senior is the narrator of this story. He reminisces about his past in middleschool, causing trouble with Sarah Byrnes, while trying to deal with his current problems.read more
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Moby is a highschool boy who has been overweight his whole life, until he joins the swimming team and slims down. His best friend is comotose in a mental hospital and won't talk to anyone. Moby tries to help his friend get better by talking to her. A very moving story about frienship and the ability to change.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.
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Great book. Wonderful 'real' character and lots of controversial topics, this book makes you think about life and question your ideals.Eric Calhoune is fat. His best friend is Sarah Byrnes who has a burn scared face from 'accidents' when she was a young child. Eric as a high school senior is the narrator of this story. He reminisces about his past in middleschool, causing trouble with Sarah Byrnes, while trying to deal with his current problems.
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Moby is a highschool boy who has been overweight his whole life, until he joins the swimming team and slims down. His best friend is comotose in a mental hospital and won't talk to anyone. Moby tries to help his friend get better by talking to her. A very moving story about frienship and the ability to change.
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Trying to write a synopsis of this book is difficult, because of the many issues that are approached in this book. There are themes of friendship, mentors, crushes, family, class difference, bullies, religion, abuse, trust.... and that's just the start of it. As an adult reading this, I was easily drawn into the storyline, but unlike most other young adult books the action escalates to an almost unrealistic peak, but retains the usual happy ending.I particularly like the fact that adults to play a pivotal role in this book. Most Young Adult books keep the adults in the background, so as to allow the young characters more freedom. Crutcher puts the adults back into a central, if not annoying role in the lives of the kids. This makes the book applicable to both adults and teens I think, considering adults can take this as a lesson on communicating with kids.
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I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis was so promising: Sarah Byrnes, whose face was disfigured in a fire at the age of three, befriends a boy who is an outcast because of his weight. As Moby, the boy, joins the swim team and gets in shape, the friendship is threatened. Except that's not actually what the book is about. Moby is the narrator, and the book is as much about his life on the swim team, his current events class, and his clash with a Christian Fundamentalist at his school. The friendship and conflict with Sarah developed before the main part of the narrative, and though her mental breakdown fuels the plot, Moby's life and experiences receive far more weight. I was frustrated that just when the book developed some real emotional resonance, it devolved into a gratuitous action scene that strained the story's teetering credibility past its breaking point. This might be easier to forgive if Sarah had been more involved in the crazy denouement, but we hear her story mostly through others' words. The book really should have been her story, and I constantly felt that she had been displaced by the narrator's far less interesting character.
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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.
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