Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies by Erin Dionne
Posted April 22, 2009on:
Author: Erin Dionne
Good If… You want to read an excellent MG book.
Summary (taken from Amazon):
When Celeste’s meddling aunt enters her in the Miss Husky Peach Pageant for “larger sized girls,” the eighth-grader quails at the thought of the teasing that’s sure to follow, though the idea of modeling has its appeal. Reasoning that if she loses enough weight, she’ll be ineligible for the contest, Celeste finds the motivation to skip snacks and even to exercise. Along the way, she begins to express her individuality through the unlikely vehicle of a beauty contest. Successes, flops, humiliations, and recoveries are all part of the pageant process, and even girls who don’t see themselves as potential models will enjoy Celeste’s account of her experiences. The wry first-person narrative also provides convincing views of middle-school friendships, family dynamics, and incremental personal growth. The ending may be a bit too rosy for absolute realism, but readers rooting for Celeste won’t complain. A light, well-paced first novel.
My Thoughts:Not only is MDECC one of the best weight issues book I’ve read, it’s the best tween book I’ve read.
Of all the characters in books I’ve read recently, Celeste has to be the one I relate to most. This probably has something to do with the fact we’re the same age but I just felt so connected to her while I was reading this. The way her aunt acted was just…unbelievable and I don’t think I could have handled it quite as nicely as she did. People should just not act like that.
Weight was a big part of this and I’m extremely picky about how I like weight-related things to be handled but Dionne pulled it off very nicely and realistically. The motivation behind it and everything she goes through to get rid of the weight is something I can see other people doing. The idea of the Husky Peach competition was original (is there anything similar in real life?) and I enjoyed reading about Celeste’s time at the competition, especially with her stylist.
In my opinion, the ending could have been done just a tiny bit better but other than that, I loved this and I’m looking forward to Dionne’s future novels. (Especially the recently announced The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet.)