Anderson. Laurie Halse. Wintergirls. Y FIC Anderson
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.
Barson, Kelly. 45 Pounds (More or Less). Y FIC Barson
Struggling with poor self-image issues that are complicated by her slender mother, plus-sized Ann resolves to lose a significant amount of weight before standing as bridesmaid to her aunt, an effort that involves an infomercial diet plan, unfortunate dance lessons, and a series of romantic embarrassments
Cooner, Donna. Skinny. Y FIC Cooner
After undergoing gastric-bypass surgery, a self-loathing, obese teenaged girl loses weight and makes the brave decision to start participating in high school life, including pursuing her dream of becoming a singer and finding love.
Dessen, Sarah. Keeping the Moon. Y FIC Dessen
Fifteen-year-old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer working as a waitress in a beachside restaurant, staying with her overweight and eccentric Aunt Mira, and trying to explore her sense of self.
Dionne, Erin. Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies. Y FIC Dionne
Overweight thirteen-year-old Celeste begins a campaign to lose weight in order to make sure she does not win the Miss HuskeyPeach modeling challenge, in which her mother and aunt have entered her–against her wishes.
Holmes, Kathryn. How It Feels to Fly. Y FIC Holmes
When crippling anxiety hinders her progress as a dancer, Samantha is sent to a summer treatment camp for teen artists and athletes struggling with obstacles, but she cannot cope when asked to open up about her deepest insecurities.
Larsen, Jen. Future Perfect. Y FIC Larsen
Ashley is offered the chance to have weight-loss surgery by her exacting grandmother, who promises to provide tuition to her dream college in return.
Lipsyte, Robert. One Fat Summer. Y PB L (SUMMER READING)
An overweight fourteen-year-old boy experiences a turningpoint summer in which he learns to stand up for himself.
Metzger, Lois. A Trick of the Light. Y FIC Metzger
Fifteen-year-old Mike desperately attempts to take control as his parents separate and his life falls apart.
Murphy, Julie. Dumplin’ Y FIC Murphy
Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.
Sarkar, Dona. Shrink to Fit. YPB Sarkar
Losing weight is the solution to all the basketballstar Leah Mandeville’s problems, or so she thinks.
Sinykin, Sheri Cooper. Next Thing to Strangers. Y FIC Sinykin
While visiting their grandparents at a trailer park in Arizona, a diabetic boy and an overweight girl become friends and learn a lesson about self-acceptance.
Struyk-Bonn, Chris. Nice Girls Endure. Y FIC Struyk-Bonn
Sixteen-year-old Chelsea has always been overweight, and now in high school she is being unmercifully teased by other students, and even her mother gives her no support, despite her beautiful singing voice–but in film class she is assigned work on a film with Melody and for the first time she finds someone other than her father who does not criticize her, and finally finds the confidence to try out for the school choir.
Supplee, Suzanne. Artichoke’s Heart. Y Fic Supplee
When she is almost sixteen years old, Rosemary decides she is sick of being overweight, mocked at school and at Heavenly Hair–her mother’s beauty salon–and feeling out of control, and as she slowly loses weight, she realizes that she is able to cope with her mother’s cancer, having a boyfriend for the first time, and discovering that other people’s lives are not as perfect as they seem from the outside.