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Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by is about Charlie, a fat brown girl in a mostly white town. She’s always had insecurities about her body, and she tends to compare herself to her best friend, Amelia, who she sees as perfect. One day, Charlie starts a relationship with Brian, a boy from her art class, and at first, everything is going well. But when Charlie finds out that Brian actually asked Amelia out first, her insecurities come rushing back. As soon as I started reading this book, I loved the writing style. The conversations that Charlie had with her friends and classmates were extremely realistic; they reminded me of how I talk with my friends. High school books can sometimes feel fake or unauthentic, but this one wasn’t like that at all. I also appreciated the way that the author portrayed Charlie’s insecurities. It was heartbreaking to see her struggle with her body image, and as someone who is also insecure, those scenes were very relatable. Throughout the book, Charlie’s character flaws were apparent; she wasn’t painted as the perfect main character, which made the story seem even more real. But despite her shortcomings, I found myself rooting for her and hoping she would find happiness. Because she was such a well-written character, I loved watching her relationship with Brian progress, and I thought the romance was really cute. Also, the diversity in this book was nice; the main character was fat and Puerto Rican, her best friend was Black and pansexual, and her love interest was Korean and had two moms. This book reminded me of There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon, but it was still really unique and engaging in it’s own way; I enjoyed it so much that I read it in one sitting! If you enjoy YA contemporaries, you should definitely read this book! I would give it a 9.6/10!