Review: Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herback

Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders coverGabe thinks it all started with the pop machine. That’s where he gets the four Mountain Dews he drinks a day. That’s where the money for band marching camp was supposed to come from. That’s where the prices were suddenly raised. And that’s where it was announced that instead of funding the band, the money from the pop machine will now go to pay for a new dance team for the cheerleaders.

Gabe has taken a lot. He’s taken his mom leaving for some Japanese businessman. He’s taken name-calling from the popular kids and some teachers about his weight. He’s taken the fact that even his friends call him “Chunk.” Band is the only thing he has to look forward to. But the band teacher has given up, and the school is more interested in sports than in music. And Gabe isn’t going to take it any more.

Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders is the story of Gabe’s fight against injustice, but also his fight to reclaim himself. For years he has played along while the popular kids bullied him, but no more.

“I’m fully capable of taking my own dignity. But no one else is going to take it.”

This book will appeal to band nerds, freaks, geeks, and any kids who feel like they just don’t fit in in the traditional school setting. It is funny, touching, and a very enjoyable read.

Highly recommended for grades 7 and up – some language, some kissing and references to kissing.

Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders will be released in May 2014. A big thank  you to Sourcebooks–when I tried to request an ARC there was an error in their web form that wouldn’t allow me to submit the request. When I emailed them about it, they not only made sure I got the ARC, but they also sent me 3 of Geoff Herbach’s backlist books, which I’m working my way through now.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at

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