This is a YA title on the Abe Lincoln list so I wanted to read it before school started. Rosemary is the fat girl--at school, at her mom's hair salon, and especially in the mirror. Her self esteem is pitiful, but she gains more with weight loss. I didn't like how her diet started over a boy, but that may be realistic for a teenage girl. As the pounds drop off, Rosemary gains a boyfriend, a best friend, and the possibility of losing her mother to Hodgkin's disease.