Losing It by Erin Fry 261 pages 12/20/12 pub 2012
I hope it’s not considered a spoiler to say that on page 6 Bennett’s dad has a major stroke. Bennett’s fat. Just standing up from the couch to look for the remote isn’t easy for him. His dad’s 400 lbs, he's around 250 lbs. This is a family that needs to make some changes, and they do. After just a week of walking/ jogging around the block, Bennett decides to join the cross country team. While Bennett’s not like a lot of the athletes in Chris Crutcher’s or Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s books, but the transformation he goes through is every bit like those characters. And to me, that’s high praise. Did I mention I was up ‘til nearly 4:00 AM reading and crying over this?
(ARC from Amazon Vine 10/29/12)