Starfish

Starfish

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Ellie is tired of being fat-shamed and does something about it in this poignant debut novel-in-verse.

Ever since Ellie wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her fifth birthday party, she’s been bullied about her weight. To cope, she tries to live by the Fat Girl Rules–like “no making waves,” “avoid eating in public,” and “don’t move so fast that your body jiggles.” And she’s found her safe space–her swimming pool–where she feels weightless in a fat-obsessed world. In the water, she can stretch herself out like a starfish and take up all the room she wants. It’s also where she can get away from her pushy mom, who thinks criticizing Ellie’s weight will motivate her to diet. Fortunately, Ellie has allies in her dad, her therapist, and her new neighbor, Catalina, who loves Ellie for who she is. With this support buoying her, Ellie might finally be able to cast aside the Fat Girl Rules and starfish in real life–by unapologetically being her own fabulous self.

Title:Starfish
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781984814500
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    Starfish Reviews

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    ***Made it to TOP 10 favourites of 2021***Yes, no one understands you. Not even your family.Let me cry tonight.I feel you, girl. I feel you.This book is one classic example of how things start from ou...

  • Kelsey (munnyreads)

    I am in tears. This shows the worst in people, but also the very best. Starfish is a middle grade novel written in verse that highlights a child’s navigation of self-worth, standing up for yourself,...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    No matter what others say or do, embrace what makes you, you. Since I’m me let’s go ahead and start with the negatives . . . . Yeah yeah yeah. Here it is: I am not a big fan of stories writ...

  • Anniek

    I kind of regret reading this. Since I'm fat myself, I was hoping for an empowering, relatable reading experience. Instead it was a horrible reading experience as I felt like the author went out of th...

  • Mallory

    I am not going to lie...this book had me ugly crying. It brought back a lot of memories I’d probably rather forget of my own childhood, body issues, and bullying. But I loved the growth Ellie went t...

  • Cynthia

    Some books are just therapy. They’re the books you needed as a kid. They’re the books you need right now. Giving Starfish five stars feels like a disservice to the powerful piece of fiction that i...

  • TL

    Wow.. everyone needs to read this. Powerful and beautiful. The Authors dedication and afterword was wonderful too. Definitely want a copy for my shelves <3...

  • Danielle

    One of the many things I love about this novel is how it takes on a mother-child relationship that is fraught and portrays a misguided, abusive parent truthfully. "It's unknown how many students' live...

  • Gary Anderson

    In Starfish (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2021), the middle grade novel-in-verse from debut author Lisa Fipps, Ellie is bullied about her weight both at home and at school. Of course, it bothers Ellie—espec...

  • Lorie Barber

    Equally heartbreaking and breathtaking, made even more so by the author’s choices to write in free-verse 1st person. Ellie’s story will resonate with so many middle graders. But it is the ones who...