Crystal Maldonado

Crystal Maldonado on Crowdcast Tuesday, 2/25 at 6PM!

Crystal Maldonado’s debut, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega, is a body-positive, #ownvoices story loved by Bookseller Andi! This event will be hosted by Andi with time for your questions.

"Charlie's emotional arc hits all the right notes, resulting in a warm and insightful coming-of-age tale." —Publishers Weekly

About the book:

Coming of age as a Fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard. Harder when your whole life is on fire, though.

Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat.

People sometimes have a problem with that last one. Especially her mom. Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but it's hard, and her mom leaving a billion weight loss shakes on her dresser doesn't help. The world and everyone in it have ideas about what she should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter.

But there's one person who's always in Charlie's corner: her best friend Amelia. Slim. Popular. Athletic. Totally dope. So when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with cute classmate Brian, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect until she learns one thing--he asked Amelia out first. So is she his second choice or what? Does he even really see her?

Because it's time people did.

A sensitive, funny, and painful coming-of-age story with a wry voice and tons of chisme, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega tackles our relationships to our parents, our bodies, our cultures, and ourselves.

About the author:

Crystal Maldonado is a writer by night and a marketer and social media manager by day. She has been published in Latina magazine, The Hartford Courant, and Dogster, contributed a personal essay to BuzzFeed, and is the co-founder of the online magazine Positively Smitten. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega is her debut novel, and was bought in a competitive pre-empt as part of a two-book deal. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, her dog, and her super-duper adorable baby daughter.

Event date: 

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

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Fat Chance, Charlie Vega By Crystal Maldonado Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823447176
Availability: Comes From Our Warehouse - Usually Ships in 3-10 Days
Published: Holiday House - February 2nd, 2021