• Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

  • By: Crystal Maldonado
  • Narrated by: Carla Vega
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (140 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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? UGHHH. Everything is now officially a MESS. 

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.

©2021 Crystal Maldonado (P)2021 Listening Library

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A waste of time and a credit

Listen at your own risk. No character or story development at all. Just plain boring!

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Loved it.

Was like therapy for this fat brown Puerto Rican woman. I have NEVER seen myself in a character before this. How amazing for the young girl inside me.

The narration was engaging, tender , and delightful.

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heartwarming

I laughed, I cringed, I cried, and I laughed some more.
Charlie embodied so much of what I went through in high school I felt like I was time traveling. Her struggle against her insecurities and doubts was so personal and honest she felt like a old friend. I loved every moment of her, even when she wasn't at her best.
Charlie isn't this perfect Disney teen but she felt absolutely real and real people have flaws. Loved it and recommended it to my younger sisters.

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Melodrama and Teen Victory

I am giving this a lower rating, mostly because of the characters and their own self-pity. As a former teenager, I understand to a degree the relationship dynamics between beat friends and parents who may mean well or say things when lashing out, but towards the end I began to not like either the main character or her best friend. It was a good story with a typical romantic "girl gets the guy" despite putting him through hell. But the story was about friendship, self-acceptance, and of course love so it was a good bit of fluff. still, not my favorite book but good for a cute listen.

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Fantastic performance & story

What a great story! Sometimes the relationship between Charlie and her mother hit a little close to home with how good was viewed, but is nice to know that other have those experiences. Occasionally, Charlie overdescribes a situation or an outfit, but I didn’t mind because she’s a writer and a fashionista so it’s totally in character for her to be doing so!

The narrator was FANTASTIC!! She developed unique voices for all the characters. The audio didn’t sound over-processed and it was almost like she was sitting in the car next to me.

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Heartwarming and inspiring

Such a wonderful coming-of-age young adult tale. Couldn’t be sweeter and more accurate about the growing pains of finding your true self.

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A good read!

I liked the book alot it definitely makes you understand what H.S girls of color feel like when they are struggling with the pressures of the world around them.

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relateable

a story about the insecurities that we can all relate to, and true friendship with its ups and downs.

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amazing coming of age story

really enjoyed how the author unapologetically celebrated diversity. also wonderful that our heroine was both liveable and flawed.

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I saw 16 year old me in Charlie

Absolutely LOVED this book and the barstool was amazing as well. Highly recommend for love stories with a lead that I can feel represented in as a beautiful fat latina!!!