Book review: Sugar

The only thing that i want to say before i go on with this post, is that this is the first book that i am reviewing from NetGalley. And to be honest it was a bit nerve recking to get a book and read it, knowing that while i don't HAVE to write a review, i should and really WANT to right a review because that was the whole purpose for getting the book: to write a review. 

So i was nervous about that. But i am so glad that i got this book and was able to read and review it, because i am very happy to have read this book. And it was a fantastic book to start my hopefully nice and long time on NetGalley as a reviewer because... well how fantastic is it that a website exists that overs the change to get books for free to read and then talk about it how ever you wish? Pretty fantastic if you ask me. So I really hope that i will be able to get lots and lots of books and be able to write lots and lots of reviews because of that. Because that would really be a bit of a dream come true for me: to get free books to review and talk about. 

So without even more talk: 

Here are the books facts: 

Title: Sugar
Author: Deirdre Riordan Hall
Language: English
Pages: 276 (paperback) 
Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5
Summary on the book
"I'm the fat Puerto Rican-Polish girl who doesn't feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I've always been too much any yet not enough. 

Sugar Legowski-Garcia wasn't always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn't gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she's large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar's life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home -cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves. 

When Sugar meets Even, she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother. 

Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her."
Worth reading?
This book is worthy to be read by almost everyone. This is not a typical contemporary book, because it doesn't just showcases drama that people might be able to relate to but honestly are mostly glad to only read about. I honestly think that every one knows at least one person that they can apply this story too. And hopefully learn that they could have done something different, if they just wanted to. Or maybe remember how right they where in how they treated that situation. No matter which it is, this book is for everyone. 
To learn how hard life sometimes can be and appreciate your own even more. 
To remember how horrible people can be and what you do not want to become.
To see how remarkable little it really takes to change your life if you want to. 
And how sometimes the simplest thing can end up being exactly what you need and that everyone should remember that sometimes it is just something very small to make someone else life better.

“Sugar” is a surprising story, that is more then just a story about the struggles of a fat girl –as Sugar the main character in this story is constantly called by everyone.

This is not just a book about a difficult life and a girl that struggles to live in it, or the horrors some children have to grow up into by being constantly bullied and ridicule and told that they are not good enough, or having difficult siblings or parents or just general problems growing up and nobody stepping in and helping them in any way at all.

Yes, all those things are also in this book. And they are clearly the forefront and most easily seen things this book talks about.

But overall to me this book was more about teaching especially young adults –since that is what the book is marketed towards- see a story and learn through it that it is okay to be different.

That it shouldn’t matter if you look like the most popular girl in the class or a movie star, or have the best looking guy as a boyfriend. That it does not matter who or what your family is, if you are rich or poor. It doesn’t matter what you look like. You should not care what other people say about you. What matters if how you think of yourself, and how you handle situations that you are thrown in and what you do to get out of the life you do not like. Or to quote the book “don’t let anyone, not even the people you think you’re supposed to trust, tell you, you are not a beautiful person.”

So while this book is about a heavier girl, who has a very difficult life and overall bad family situation that even those that clearly know what is going on, are doing nothing about, this is mostly a story about how a person can –even in the most difficult circumstances- not only find friends but themselves as well. And that sometimes in live no matter ho many obstacles are thrown in your way, if you really want something, you can do it. Because it only matters what you want and what you are willing to do to get it.

The writing itself in this book was also really well done. The story had a very nice flow to it, didn’t change all of a sudden and without warning, or the characters were completely different form one page to the next. I enjoyed that. The author wrote very straight lined, knew what she wanted to write about and kept her finish line very clear throughout the book. So if you enjoy a very well written book, this is clearly one that fits.

And now to the parts that i did not enjoy too much since sadly there were a few in this book.

The first thing that i noticed a few times and didn't enjoy too much, was the fact that this book tried to cover a bit too many topics in one small book. The main story already had so much. The heavy girl with self-esteem issues, the horrible family situation, the over hard time she had to go through in school, getting to know someone, learning to accept who you are and how to deal with everyone else. Why include the entire and completely unnecessary sex stuff into the situation if the book would have worked perfectly without those elements? I don’t want to go too much into detail because then I might be spoiling something, and I don’t want to do that, but I just found that the few added sex paragraphs were unnecessary and did not completely fit into the overall story. They fit into the moments of the story and in a way pushed the story forward, but to the overall book and how the characters evolved, they did not matter at all and could have been left out without any change of the overall outcome of the story. So to me those could have just been left out. Some books do not need the added factor of sex, they are better without it. This book is one of those.

One other thing that I found a bit unnecessary was the death. Once again I will not go into direct detail. But to me that was not needed. And to be honest it came completely out of nowhere and surprised me, which some might see as a good thing, for me it was just confusing. Why put it into the book? Why add the character only to take him/her away again? I did not see the need for the death of the character, especially since the book itself went on in the same way in most aspects. What I am trying to say is that i think that story could have gone the same way without the death and i don't understand why the author wrote it in.

That being said, the entire Book is done very well and deserves to be read by all ages, but especially those that are still growing up.  It is a different story, a honest story, a good story.  The writing is mostly fantastic and the storyline very consistent and on point to where the story is supposed to end up. I am "only" giving four stars because there were a few things that i did not like too much about the book and thought that if those few points would have been left out of this book, the book would have been perfect.  But overall the book is good and was a fantastic and enjoyable read.  I can only recommend it to everyone that wants something different and something which might helps them learn to love themselves, what makes them who they are and so unique and special and worthy. And maybe even appreciate their family and how they grew up a bit more in the light of how difficult some people have it, simply by growing up surrounded by truly horrible people that should not have families or be part of them..

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Alright, this is it. 

Have you guys read any fantastic books lately that you think i should know about? 

Have you read "Sugar" and loved it? Or hated it? Or are not sure what to think?
What are you currently reading?

Let me know. I am curious -as always- because lets face it i am a naturally curious person!

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