Jemima Small just wants to be like other girls. She hates being called “Jemima Big”, being forced to join the school health group – aka Fat Club – and that she can’t apply for her favourite TV show without worrying everyone will laugh. But she also knows that the biggest stars in the universe are the brightest. So maybe it’s her time to shine.
A brilliantly funny and touching new novel exploring big issues of bullying, body confidence and, most importantly, learning how to be happy with who you are.
If you have ever struggled to understand, just like yours truly, why people tend to overlook all that what makes you who you are; a exceptional brilliant human being; and ends up taunting you and nitpicking those few insecurities you have – then Jemima Small vs The Universe is a book that you NEED to pick up.
Do not for a moment to think that just because this book falls in the middle grade genre; that it does not have meaning across all ages or that it wouldn’t find meaning within anyone who picks up this book.
Jemima Small, is an intelligent, bright and a reservoir of factoids – has everything going for her. She is loyal, kind and has the EXACT amount of sass needed to be my friend for life 😀
However, the fact that she is overweight, somehow tends to be the ONLY thing everyone in her life seems to be focusing on – this one point makes her the object of ridicule and at times even bullying; especially when she becomes a serious competition to her classmates when the TV Quiz Show “Brainiacs” comes to her school to shortlist participants. The fact that she is asked to join, what essentially becomes known as the ‘Fat Club’ doesn’t help her insecurities one bit!
The one thing that pretty much struck me, as the reader from the start till the end is the fact that everything in the book is RELATABLE to the teenager (and at times, the adult) in me – the anxiety, the insecurity and the fear; oh dear the fear was absolutely and perfectly written to give voice to the what you and I have felt at some point or the other in our lives.