The whole world is yours.
This book follows Felipe, a fat seventeen year old boy in Brazil. During his break from school, he’s forced to spend fifteen days with Caio, the boy from his apartment complex whom he’s had a crush on for years. They used to spend time as children at the pool, but now they don’t even speak to each other. So, things get a bit awkward between them from the start.
I really enjoyed this book. It just follows the daily lives of these people, including Felipe’s mom, who was incredible, but it never got boring. There was always so much to get out of the ordinary conversations the characters were having. I loved the way the story progressed, going from amazingly awkward to super comfortable. It was so easy to relate to Felipe, who never felt good enough in his body just because it was too big. As a fat person, I can definitely relate. But I love that he learns to accept himself by the end because life is too short to not love yourself. I loved Caio so much. The boy stole my heart. He was such a sweetheart. And again, Felipe’s mom stole the show. The woman was a total gem.
I think this book is important for those of us who don’t get to be represented as much in books. Main characters tend to be thin, perfect creatures. They’re hardly ever fat, and when they’re fat, they’re the butt of the joke instead of the main character. But Felipe shines off the page. He’s the main character as he’s coming of age, and following his heart. I loved the message in this book, to be brave, to have courage, and to be proud of who you are.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone out there who knows what it feels like to be different.