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Vitor Martins

Here the Whole Time

"I swear to you that one day things will get better. One day you’ll learn to like who you are a little better, and that’ll be reflected in what other people see when they look at you. There will always be assholes, but we learn to fight back."

Felipe gets it -- he's fat. Not chubby. Not big-boned. Fat. And he doesn't need anyone to remind him, which is, of course, what everyone does. That's why he's been waiting for this moment ever since the school year began: school break. Finally, he'll be able to spend some time far away from school and the classmates who tease him incessantly. His plans include catching up on his favourite TV shows, finishing his to-be-read pile, and watching YouTube tutorials on skills he'll never actually put into practice.

But things get a little out of hand when Felipe's mom informs him that Caio, the neighbour kid from apartment 57, will be spending the next 15 days with them while his parents are on vacation. Felipe is distraught because A) he's had a crush on Caio since, well, forever, and B) Felipe has a list of body image insecurities and absolutely NO idea how he's going to entertain his neighbour for two full weeks.

Suddenly, the days ahead of him that once promised rest and relaxation (not to mention some epic Netflix bingeing) end up bringing a whirlwind of feelings, forcing Felipe to dive head-first into every unresolved issue he has had with himself -- but maybe, just maybe, he'll manage to win over Caio, too.

 

Alphabet Team Review

This book is beautiful. It deals with some heavy topics (homophobia, body image, anxiety, bullying) but it doesn't get bogged down by these. It never gets too bleak and I think it is because the main character is in therapy so is actively trying to work through his issues.

What I love about this book is that for the main character, Felipe, the negativity he deals with has nothing to do with being gay, it is about his body image. It is refreshing to find books about being queer and dealing with something other than only the trauma of coming out.

Felipe and Caio are both sweet, earnest and endearing characters, and a very supportive mum makes this one of my all-time favourites. Originally written in Portuguese and the English translation is stunning.

- Chelsea

Product Info

Publisher: ‎ Hodder Children's Books
Date: November 10, 2020
Language: ‎ English
Paperback: ‎ 282 pages
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1444958492
Reading age: ‎ 14+

Full Description

The charm and humor of To All the Boys I've Loved Before meets Dumplin' in this body-positive YA love story between two boys who must spend 15 days living with each other over school break.

What would you do if you had to spend the next 15 days with your lifelong crush?

Felipe gets it -- he's fat. Not chubby. Not big-boned. Fat. And he doesn't need anyone to remind him, which is, of course, what everyone does. That's why he's been waiting for this moment ever since the school year began: school break. Finally, he'll be able to spend some time far away from school and the classmates who tease him incessantly. His plans include catching up on his favourite TV shows, finishing his to-be-read pile, and watching YouTube tutorials on skills he'll never actually put into practice.

But things get a little out of hand when Felipe's mom informs him that Caio, the neighbour kid from apartment 57, will be spending the next 15 days with them while his parents are on vacation. Felipe is distraught because A) he's had a crush on Caio since, well, forever, and B) Felipe has a list of body image insecurities and absolutely NO idea how he's going to entertain his neighbour for two full weeks.

Suddenly, the days ahead of him that once promised rest and relaxation (not to mention some epic Netflix bingeing) end up bringing a whirlwind of feelings, forcing Felipe to dive head-first into every unresolved issue he has had with himself -- but maybe, just maybe, he'll manage to win over Caio, too.

Content Warnings

Bullying
Body Shaming
Anxiety
Homophobic Parent
Fatphobia
Grief
Underage Drinking
Assault

Packaging

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