by Suzanne Supplee
Summary: Rosie is having a tough year. She is overweight and is constantly made fun of by the cruel girls at school. Her mother and aunt keep putting pressure on her to lose weight, but she just can't seem to control her eating or bring herself to get on the treadmill (her horrible Christmas gift!). When she reaches 200 lbs, she decides she has to make some changes. The following months are not easy and bring many surprises, both good and bad. But through it all, Rosie discovers a lot about herself, her family, and the not-so-perfect people around her.
Thoughts: Artichoke's Heart is an engaging, touching novel. I loved Rosie, her wry sense of humor, the strong women in her life, and the Southern setting. Readers with or without weight issues can relate to Rosie, her desire to be accepted, and her struggle to accept herself. She and the other characters stay with you long after the last chapter. I hope to see more from this first-time novelist.