What Would Scroggins Say? Review: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

What Would Scroggins Say? (to see why I’m posting a WWSS? review, click here):

You don’t even have to crack open this book to see that it is an ABOMINATION. There is a picture of a BOTTOM on the cover. Do we really want innocent young gentlemen to walk by this book in school libraries and be instantly EMOTIONALLY SCARRED and PERVERTED for life by seeing that part of the female anatomy?

The main character, Virginia, carries on sexually with a boy named FROGGY from the beginning of the story. Impressionable children do not need to be encouraged to FORNICATE with AMPHIBIANS. At one point in the story, she considers cutting to deal with emotional pain. Obviously, this is giving teenagers ideas and they’ll immediately go off to sharpen the razor blades since they can’t think for themselves! We’re talking DECAPITATED LIMBS here, folks!

And…my friends. The topper. There is a RAPE in this book. It actual rape scene is not detailed, but it was referred to various times throughout the story. We all know what rape is, my like-minded idiots people. *WAVES PORNOGRAPHY FLAG*

My Review:

First off, if you want to check out a summary of the book, here is the Goodreads version.

Okay well, to clear one thing up: we all know that Wesley Scroggins is the lowest form of humanity to ever ever imply that rape is pornography. I’m not even going to go there, because it makes me scary mad to think about. I am so thrilled that there are books like Speak, both for actual victims and young girls and boys that need to be made aware of the facts and emotions.

This book’s MC, Virginia, has a lot of issues, God bless her. A lot of them stem from the fact that her whole family has problems. Unfortunately, one of those problems is that no one is really there for her. Even her mother, a psychiatrist, isn’t emotionally available to her. Her brother, who she idolizes, turns out to be a total Scroggins-face.

So, all her pain is internalized and she has no way to deal, so the issue of cutting/burning/pinching herself comes up. So many people have this issue, and the book really does a better job of actually introducing that fact than dealing with it. But still – it is a great part of the story as far as awareness goes.

As far as Froggy goes: I love that guy. I’m so glad he was a part of Virginia’s story!

This really is a good, well-written book, I enjoyed reading it. It will definitely give teenagers that have dealt with rape, cutting, weight issues and emotionally unavailable parents a “you are not alone” vibe.

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • caitieflum September 27, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I loved this book when I read it! Great review πŸ™‚

  • Becky September 27, 2010, 10:12 pm

    I think you really captured the Scroggins tone! Good job!! πŸ™‚

    I really hope that people do tons of these!! πŸ˜€

  • Jo September 27, 2010, 10:46 pm

    Clever review!! πŸ™‚

  • Reena Jacobs September 28, 2010, 3:15 am

    I'm loving this WWSS theme. πŸ™‚ Too funny

  • Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) September 29, 2010, 7:32 am

    Great theme, loved the Scroggins review.

  • Sarah September 30, 2010, 5:40 pm

    read this one in middle school, and I loved it! I must be a descendant of the devil πŸ™‚

  • Tribute Books Mama September 30, 2010, 6:17 pm

    thanks! for sharing.


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