I was digging through a huge heap of books in the secondhand bookshop when I spotted this one Why did it catch my eye Well, because apart from its brightly colored cover, the title was totally familiar Fat Hoochie Prom Queen was one of the books referenced in Dash and Lily s Book of Dares and at that time, I thought the title was just made up Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be real I gasped out loud when I saw this and did not let it go ever since The Gospel According to Goodread I was digging through a huge heap of books in the secondhand bookshop when I spotted this one Why did it catch my eye Well, because apart from its brightly colored cover, the title was totally familiar Fat Hoochie Prom Queen was one of the books referenced in Dash and Lily s Book of Dares and at that time, I thought the title was just made up Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be real I gasped out loud when I saw this and did not let it go ever since The Gospel According to Goodreads What does it take to be the queen Margarita Madge Diaz is fat, foxy, and fabulous She loves herself, and is adored by almost everyone elseexcept queen bee student body president Bridget Benson These two girls have a history that s uglier than a drag queen after last call During a heated argument, they decide there s only one way to end their rivalry be named prom queen and the other backs off for good Of course, everything looks different in the sober light of morning, but pride is at stake and the race is on Madge is committed to doing whatever it takes to secure the title, but so is Bridget And everyone s got something to hide Welcome to Winter Park High School, where the dirt s not just gonna flyit s gonna go into freakin orbit I really thought this was just another shallow teen novel I was not really expecting much from it apart from the fact that I need to own it if only so I can bring up the title joke anytime But whoah, after a few clumsy attempts to connect with it at first, I was sucked in by the raging fabulosity that is Fat Hoochie Prom Queen The characters voices stand out and sound very real that they jump right out at you It was almost like they were there with you the whole time, doing everything they did in the story and you were part of of the story Even Bridget Benson, the main antagonist, sounded very believable and human reading about her, I can t help picturing Miley Cyrus as her Every character had a flaw but also had a lot of strengths Madge was big and proud of that fact She owned her body shape and used it to her advantage She s big, beautiful, and also had a big heart Lucas, her best friend, was as gay as gay could be and a really great friend to her They enjoyed the last of their high school year to the hilt and may I just say, their partying was almost at par with a lot of college parties I ve known They took almost everything to the extreme, and some were a touch unrealistic but the author has written such an in your face story that it might even convince you that a cat is actually a dog that can t bark.As for the writing, it s nothing like a high end literary piece what was that , the story is very easy, light, and predictable there s nothing new in the concept and after a few chapters I ve guessed a bit of the ending The momentum in the beginning was almost frustratingly slow and I could not connect with it immediately though when I finally did it blew me away but it totally hits the spot I do believe that it s up there with the best in teenage novels about prom queens and fat, foxy young women There were a lot of parts that I thought was taken to the extreme, but it only added to the excitement of reading this book some parts you know does not happen much in real life, but it thrills you to know that it MAY happen With regard to the ending though, I wished it had a better twist There was an interesting premise for what happens to the ending but sadly, it did not follow through And I also felt that it was a bit rushed but it was still worth it Maybe the author thought that if he explored some of the twists further that it would not be too enjoyable for the readers because it would suddenly turn heavy and melodramatic Speaking of drama, this book did not just have it, this book was written because of it When you put up a story about a big hot girl, her gay best friend, and prom, you can never have too much drama.Overall, for an entertaining book about friendship, partying, being fat and sexy at the same time, and of course the race for prom queen, grab a copy of this book Nico Medina is now one of my new favorite authors and I can t wait to read other books he has written It s very obvious this was published in 2008, because half of the vernacular in this book would not fly by today s standards However, I did really enjoy this book Madge was a fun character to read, and I wish I could have been that fabulous at 18 I loved how she owned her fatness, didn t excuse it, and worked it for her I loved her friendship with Lucas, and I liked how at the end she realized just how unkind she was becoming I love the slight twist at the end with prom queen The drinking It s very obvious this was published in 2008, because half of the vernacular in this book would not fly by today s standards However, I did really enjoy this book Madge was a fun character to read, and I wish I could have been that fabulous at 18 I loved how she owned her fatness, didn t excuse it, and worked it for her I loved her friendship with Lucas, and I liked how at the end she realized just how unkind she was becoming I love the slight twist at the end with prom queen The drinking was a bit much, but I remember being that age and basically partying it up every chance I could when I was out with friends All in all, this book was a fun read, and I enjoyed it for what it was Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.comMargarita Antonia Diaz is a big, beautiful, and proud Latina woman Okay, she s still in high school, so maybe not a woman, but definitelythan a girl Either way, this is Margarita s senior year, and everything is perfect She has Lucas, her fabulously gay best friend she has amazing clothes, thanks to her talented designer of an older sister the cute boy seems to be noticing her and really, no one can help but love Margarita Except maybe Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.comMargarita Antonia Diaz is a big, beautiful, and proud Latina woman Okay, she s still in high school, so maybe not a woman, but definitelythan a girl Either way, this is Margarita s senior year, and everything is perfect She has Lucas, her fabulously gay best friend she has amazing clothes, thanks to her talented designer of an older sister the cute boy seems to be noticing her and really, no one can help but love Margarita Except maybe Bridget Benson Bridget and Margarita were best friends when they were little kids Both were child actors and Bridget got a part that Margarita wanted They ve hardly spoken since Not that Margarita didn t try, but it s been a long time, and the hurt has turned into anger Somehow, during a huge confrontation at a party, Bridget and Margarita end up daring each other to compete for Prom Queen Suddenly senior year is looking muchdramatic.Margarita gets sucked into competing for popularity, andthan loses her perspective In fact, she s beginning to think she s losing herself Though not in poundage, despite her mother s best efforts to irritate and prod and serve the blandest, most boring food ever When her dad gets sick unexpectedly, Margarita s great year has officially collapsed What else can go wrong Sometimes it s better not to ask, but Margarita has way too much personality to not pull through, right I love Margarita I want to hang out with her every day She feels like a real person from the first paragraph She has such a unique, strong, hilarious voice and point of view I felt like I was listening to her talk, not reading a story.I love this book It is honest, and sweet, and evil, and hilarious This is real high school, with drunken parties, swearing, gayness, cattiness, pettiness, crushes, frustration, and serious attitude And, really, how can you not love the title I fully intend to go out and buy any other book I can find by Nico Medina If you don t want to go that far, you should at least read this one It s way too much fun to miss This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is the trashiest book I have read in as long as I can remember and maybe the most size positive I have a really hard time slogging through trashy Clique style books I couldn t even finish The Luxe but I kept reading this one because of moments like this Oh my God, you should ve been at that Halloween party where he puked on Laura s ex boyfriend That night was fucking epic I d gone in a pink zebra print dress which was so short and so tight that it made my ass and thig This is the trashiest book I have read in as long as I can remember and maybe the most size positive I have a really hard time slogging through trashy Clique style books I couldn t even finish The Luxe but I kept reading this one because of moments like this Oh my God, you should ve been at that Halloween party where he puked on Laura s ex boyfriend That night was fucking epic I d gone in a pink zebra print dress which was so short and so tight that it made my ass and thighs hang out all over the place , those hooker heels that hurt like an eighteenth birthday hangover, and a scraggly severe bob wig, though it wasn t the perfect color, but who can keep up with hair anyway Being Victoria Beckham s fat twin was hard work, but it was well worth it that nightemphasis mine That last line is one of the funniest things I ve ever read it s like a Weekly World News headline in its pacing 5,000 year old mummy pregnant Janitor admits I m the fatherAnd the whole book reads like the preceding paragraph The main characters are sober for maybe one page out of ten, and the plot hinges completely on drama rather than character development They make ridiculously irresponsible choices at one point, Madge gets wasted and stoned at a party, wanders off by herself in a city she doesn t know, and passes out in a football field with a box of Krispy Kremes They have scads of money crazy parties convertible BMWs And does any teen anywhere use a car service that much At least it means that they never drink and drive These characters aren t real, or complex, or thoughtful It s kind of like the anti Sarah Dessen Madge is a faux queen with tons of money and fagtastic gay boy friends who live in penthouses and whose mothers happily ply them with mini liquor bottles but have no issues outside of being really spoiled It s a fantasy land, with no negative consequences and unlimited resources.BEWARE SPOILERS AHEAD But it was hilarious And it kept me reading just to see what unapologetically fat positive thing the author would throw in next We re not talking HAES informed here Madge eats shameless quantities of junk food, drinks like a fish, and wouldn t even consider going to the gym In this, she s exactly like every other teen in the book She s closer to Hassan in An Abundance of Katherines than any other character I can think of except without Hassan s disappointingly self hating speeches at the end of the book and I know many size pos activist folks would be horrified at her unhealthy behavior and reveling in junk food But listen to this paragraph, right after Madge s explanation of how Bridget Benson, the teen starlet of the moment, went from BFF to enemy after getting a TV show part that both girls both of whom were child stars wanted And please don t think she got the part because I m fat and she s not and I m an idiot for thinking I d have a chance at a part that beyond compare Bridget Benson got Because for the record, I didn t start getting chubs till after the disastrous audition, when I quit acting and went to normal kids school And before you go on makingassumptions, I didn t pork up because I was depressed or anything Acting was hard I wanted to have friends and anormal existence And the only reason I got fat is because, well everyone on my dad s side started gaining weight when they were around my age OMFG Have you ever read that before Cause I haven t You know what she gets from her mom s side of the family She s telenovela beautiful And that s it for the body processing, plus she s never objectified or symbolized She s popular, shameless, confident, and glam There s even one fascinating point when her prom queen rival uses Madge s dad s heart attack as a way to attack Madge, saying outright that she s too fat and therefore unfit to be prom queen Madge is furious and decides to strike back What an interesting choice for the author to have made to put that statement out there as so low and so obviously outrageous that the reader has to dismiss it out of hand I can t believe it, but I think this beats out every other fat book I ve read this year in terms of body positivity, except Skim I don t really know how many stars to rate it, since I can t say it holds up in terms of literary quality But to give it a low rating takes away from my guilty enjoyment of it and author s genuinely novel accomplishment I kind of loved it More reviews at Rating Neutral opinion there are some high school girls and probably even some guys who would like this book With lots of Central Florida geographic references, I can see it being especially popular in Florida high schools.What I liked The title rocks It s why I picked up this book in the first place The characters are likeable and real, to the point that Margarita reminds me of my long lost high school friend Jessica Margarita s c More reviews at Rating Neutral opinion there are some high school girls and probably even some guys who would like this book With lots of Central Florida geographic references, I can see it being especially popular in Florida high schools.What I liked The title rocks It s why I picked up this book in the first place The characters are likeable and real, to the point that Margarita reminds me of my long lost high school friend Jessica Margarita s confidence and positive self image is truly refreshing She loves herself and is honest about her weight and her brash personality She is not perfect and does not always do the right thing, but she grows throughout the story and learns from her mistakes She is fun and real, and many teens will relate to her Margarita s gay best friend Lucas complements her character beautifully, and readers will like him easily He is a little guardian angel on Margarita s shoulder, keeping her grounded and challenging her to think He loves her and does everything he can to help ensure she lives life to the fullest Who wouldn t want a friend like that I like the realistic portrayal of the gay community, which is not something included in many books for teens Medina includes details of a drag show and the emotional side of homosexual relationships When Margarita and Lucas get lost in the Florida boondocks, they half joke about how homosexuals are not accepted outside the cities and could be victims of homophobic violence Fat Hoochie Prom Queen gives teens, many of whom have never been exposed to it, a better view of the gay community, which may increase tolerance and understanding.What I didn t like Margarita drinks a lot and does drugs and generally does not take care of herself at all She eats really fatty foods and does not care a lick about her health The story drags in parts it took me several days to finish this relatively short book I would like to have seen the romance between Margarita and Redneck Randy better developed.ContentLanguage highSexuality medium lots of talk of gay sex and being sexy, but nothing happens beyond an off screen kiss.Violence noneDrugs Alcohol very high characters party and drink excessively to the point of passing out and smoke marijuana 3.5 StarsIf this book was a movie, I would watch the commercials and secretly think about how much I wanted to see it, but I would never admit it to anyone I would wait for it to come out on a Premium Channel and watch it alone when no one was home If anyone came in while said movie was on, I would dive across the bed couch or whatever and change the channel before they knew what I was doing I would probably wish I had the DVD to watch when I was in a bad mood, but be too afraid anyone would 3.5 StarsIf this book was a movie, I would watch the commercials and secretly think about how much I wanted to see it, but I would never admit it to anyone I would wait for it to come out on a Premium Channel and watch it alone when no one was home If anyone came in while said movie was on, I would dive across the bed couch or whatever and change the channel before they knew what I was doing I would probably wish I had the DVD to watch when I was in a bad mood, but be too afraid anyone would see it on my shelves.That said, this was an entertaining if not intentionally cheesy book ala Mean Girls meets some other trendy teen flick I have pretended not to have seen a million times Long story short, Margarita or Madge as she is known by her obligatory gay best friend Lucas lives in Winter Park Florida which is a suburb of Orlando She is a confident and attractive overweight Latina girl who had been a child actress for Disney with her childhood best friend Brigit, until blonde Brigit got a role in a TV show Madge thought she had in the bag While Madge insists she was not upset Brigit got the role, we learn through her actions in the story that she is not being truthful to herself on that matter Aside from this, Brigit never returned any of Margarita s phone calls after this incident leading Madge to hate her former best friend for ditching her When Brigit leaves homeschooling to attend Winter Park High School, her fame skyrockets her to Queen Bee status While Madge is generally liked by the student body of her high school, Brigit and she share a mutual dislike This carries over to a drunken argument at a party where the two insult each other and vow to defeat one another in the race for Prom Queen While Brigit has funds and publicity on her side, Madge needs to figure out what she has to win.In the midst of this, Lucas, her best friend has broken up with his first real boyfriend whom Madge adored He subsequently hooks up with the schools super senior gay man whore who is implied to be dirty and gross While I enjoyed this book as a non serious fun read, I found Margarita annoying at times She had a need to control everything around her including the choices her friends made She also had a bad habit of lying to herself about important matters, though this was key to character development later on in the story In spite of this the book was light, silly and as colorful as the cover suggests I would have liked to see a littleall out war on Madge s side, because Brigit was a real bitch in the battle, but it all worked out well enough in the end Almost too well in fact.This book is what teen comedies are made of Topical humor which may seem dated in 5 10 years, a high school popularity contest and wealthy attractive people The end was delivered wrapped up in a colorful box with a neat little bow which was almost too predictable, but comfortably so Please note, also I made a point of turning the cover over whenever my boyfriend was in the area to hide the title of what I was reading This book is about a highschool senior named Madge She doesn t have a perfect figure but has a kind heart She gets herself caught in a challenge between her ex bestfriend into winning the prom queen title Her ex bestfriend, Bridget, was her childhood friend although along the line they stopped talking and became rivals Madge and Bridget starts competing and tried winning people s votes Until someone post an embarrassing picture of Madge, past out in a football field, in Bridget s website M This book is about a highschool senior named Madge She doesn t have a perfect figure but has a kind heart She gets herself caught in a challenge between her ex bestfriend into winning the prom queen title Her ex bestfriend, Bridget, was her childhood friend although along the line they stopped talking and became rivals Madge and Bridget starts competing and tried winning people s votes Until someone post an embarrassing picture of Madge, past out in a football field, in Bridget s website Madge looks for revenge with her sidekick ,Lucas, and start following Bridget They soon uncovered the ugly truth behind the perfect image Bridget holds.This book is alright I wouldn t say it was my favorite but it s not too bad It has too much drama in it and I don t really like that The ending is surprising This book contains a hint of comedy and a handful of drama It s perfect for people looking for those specific stuff What does it take to be the queen Margarita Madge Diaz is fat, foxy, and fabulous She loves herself, and is adored by almost everyone elseexcept queen bee student body president Bridget Benson These two girls have a history that s uglier than a drag queen after last call During a heated argument, they decide there s only one way to end their rivalry be named prom queen and the other backs off for good Of course, everything looks different in the sober light of morning, but pride is at stake and the race is on Madge is committed to doing whatever it takes to secure the title, but so is Bridget And everyone s got something to hide Welcome to Winter Park High School, where the dirt s not just gonna flyit s gonna go into freakin orbit HILARIOUS The narrator s voice was funny, different, and totally out there I loved all of her crazy expressions and the Spanish she mingled into her rants about life love dating, etc Her best friend, who could easily have fallen into the gay best guy friend stereotype, was a rounded character of his own, with a personality, a love life, drama of his own And I loved him for it The love interest was great too, a real sweetheart Even the dreaded enemy running for prom queen managed to avo HILARIOUS The narrator s voice was funny, different, and totally out there I loved all of her crazy expressions and the Spanish she mingled into her rants about life love dating, etc Her best friend, who could easily have fallen into the gay best guy friend stereotype, was a rounded character of his own, with a personality, a love life, drama of his own And I loved him for it The love interest was great too, a real sweetheart Even the dreaded enemy running for prom queen managed to avoid becoming the stereotypical hot blond Turned out she had issues and emotions of her own I won t tell you about the ending, because obviously that would spoil, but it was perfect Fun, uplifting, and it tied all the characters together I love this book Gotta admit only read this book for the title Maria, our YA librarian extraordinaire, ordered it for our branch I helped unpack the books that day, and BOY, it sounded terrible I mocked it in the workroom for a good ten minutes.Well, after reading, it was truly terrible But in a delicious, fairy princess sort of way And who would ve guessed that high schoolers could drink THAT much My major problems It ended too quickly, and I never quite understood the relationship between the two pro Gotta admit only read this book for the title Maria, our YA librarian extraordinaire, ordered it for our branch I helped unpack the books that day, and BOY, it sounded terrible I mocked it in the workroom for a good ten minutes.Well, after reading, it was truly terrible But in a delicious, fairy princess sort of way And who would ve guessed that high schoolers could drink THAT much My major problems It ended too quickly, and I never quite understood the relationship between the two protagonists Something didn t quite ring true about their interactions and the conclusion to the prom queen race Did the author just give on writing during the final stretch Oh, well It was still entertaining