By Elizabeth Ridley

“Fat women have fewer offerings in lifestyles. this is often painful yet precise. You’ll by no means be the heart of cognizance; by no means the belle of the ball. not anyone offers fats ladies the advantage of the doubt. thin, lovely women get the simplest of every little thing. We get whatever’s left.”
 
So warns the mum of Wilma “Sunnie” Sundstrom, a brilliant, priceless, obese 13-year-old whose lifelong dream is to satisfy her idol Johnny Carson, and seem as a visitor on The this night Show. The 12 months is 1978, and Sunnie a straight-A pupil and aspiring filmmaker offers with consistent teasing from her eighth-grade classmates via dreaming of Hollywood accolades and writing a screenplay, “Girl at the Lam,” which she is bound will big name teenager sensations Kristy McNichol and Robby Benson.
 
Sunnie lives in suburban Milwaukee along with her banker father, her stay-at-home mom, her sullen older sister, Ingrid, and her incredible more youthful brother, Max. Sunnie’s closest buddy and confidante is Grannie Lassen who encourages Sunnie’s show-biz goals. Grannie’s personal tap-dancing objectives have been lower brief by way of the premature demise of Grannie’s more youthful sister, Wilma.
 
A devastating loss plunges Sunnie into melancholy and her kin packs her off to an all-girls summer season “fat-camp” in Northern Minnesota, the place her days revolve round skimpy nutrition, calisthenics, and humiliating day-by-day public weigh-ins at the camp’s farm animals scale. Love enters Sunnie’s lifestyles within the kind of a rushing boy from the Pentecostal Bible camp around the lake. whilst his overdue evening canoe visits without notice and mysteriously stop, Sunnie and her pal Cherise take issues into their very own palms, with approximately tragic effects. instead of go back domestic in disgrace, Sunnie takes a determined jump of religion and embarks on a cross-country trip. Challenged extra deeply than she ever anticipated, she discovers the unorthodox ways in which desires quite can come true.

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