Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Blog Tour: Review - Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Hardcover / eBook
Released: May 6th, 2014
Rating: 7/10

Amazon summary:

Join a cast of quirky misfits as fat boy Gabe, aka Chunk, goes up against the high school cheerleading team in a battle over control of the school's soda machine. A marching band geek who drowns his dysfunctional family woes in a voracious soda habit, Gabe relishes his role as class clown, fending off harassment from students and teachers with his own brand of irreverent, self-deprecating humor. But when the cheerleading team takes over the funds previously collected by the band, Gabe will not stand for it. Something must be done. It's geeks versus jocks in an epic battle of the beverages! 


Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders is the first of Geoff Herbach's books I've read and it won't be the last! It's funny, heartfelt and well-written, making it a great read for anyone who has ever felt singled out and made it their mission to stand up for what they believe in.

Gabe is a junior in high school and has always been overweight, getting called all sorts of names like 'fat boy' and 'chunk', the latter of which has become a nickname that has stuck. He likes soda, food and marching band and, when the cheerleading squad take all the band's monetary budget earnings from the soda machine, Gabe declares war.

Gabe is a great character. He's the class joker, known for his devil may care attitude, but deep down all the constant names and jibes do take their toll on him. He decides to do something about it, proving to other kids that he has willpower and determination. He stands up for what he believes in and doesn't anyone get in his way - not even the high school's most elite jocks and cheerleaders. He turns his whole life around, showing that yes it can be done if only you put your mind to it!

I liked how this book was written, as a spoken testimony to a lawyer. It's an interesting, unusual way to tell a story, and enabled Gabe to tell his version of events. The supporting characters are all great too, especially Gore, called that because of her propensity for anything black or murderous. She does wonders for Gabe and his quest to get his marching band back and she's probably my favourite character from the book.

Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders is a fun book that would be perfect on the big screen. It's a look at how high schools operate, how hierarchies rule, and how one boy can change an entire system. You'll love Gabe by the end of this book and will be rooting for him all the way through - let the underdogs rule!

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