The Fat Lady
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When real life sucks, there's always
Sassy, irreverent Aggie Stockdale should have gotten the lead in her high school's
production of Hello Dolly! It's her dream role; she's had the part
memorized since she was ten; and she and Roger Morton, who's playing the male lead, definitely had chemistry
in the audition. But Aggie isn't just a talented actress, writer, and athlete. She's also the fattest girl in
the senior class.
What happens after she checks the cast list for the musical will hurl Aggie into an unexpected
journey of tears, friendship, jealousy, revenge, Oreos, and lots and lots of theatre. She'll discover hidden
talents and new friends; she'll survive a daunting audition and revel in a thrilling opening night; she'll
search for love, inspiration, help with her math homework, and the perfect closing number; and her emotional
ride won't be over 'til the fat lady sings.
So I grab a frozen dinner while mom is zombied out in front
of Inside Edition, then get my bike out of the garage and head
That’s right, the fat kid on a bike. Shocked? I know what you were thinking—fat and lazy, right? Nope. I’m a drama
jock; we’re a rare breed, but we do exist. I do plays and play a varsity sport. I know, surprise, right? And no,
I’m not a sumo wrestler. I play field hockey. And I don’t just play for fun and to get out of gym class—I’m good.
I’ve started on varsity for two seasons now, and we were undefeated last fall.
Something about having a stick in my hand brings out the animal in me. Miss O’Brien, who in addition to being the
college counselor is also our field hockey coach, is always lecturing us about being more aggressive. “Except you,
Agatha,” she says, “you’re aggressive enough.” Damn right.
So I play field hockey, I work out twice a week in the off season, and I was at every dance rehearsal for West
Side Story this summer. Nobody who makes it through three straight hours of “America” on a Saturday
afternoon in June when the air conditioner is broken is lazy. Crazy maybe, but not lazy! Plus, since Dad won’t buy
me a car, I ride my bike to Cameron’s and the mall, and walk to school, because there is no way I’d let those goons
see my fat ass on a bike. [A reference to kids who jeer at her as she's walking home from school earlier in the
So now you’re thinking “glutton,” and honestly, I like ice cream and pizza as much as the next person, but not any
more than the next person, and a lot less than Cameron and Elliot, who can each eat enough to feed a small Albanian
village and still look like an ad for famine relief. So call me big-boned or well-endowed or voluptuous or any of
those other euphemisms—even call me fat. I embrace “fat.” I am fat.
Just don’t call me overweight—because if I’m “overweight,” then that means there is some ideal weight that I should
be, and I’m not buying that one. I exercise, I eat reasonably healthy food, and I’m fat. So when somebody tells me
“you should lose weight,” I want to say, “you should become Asian.” It’s who I am, OK? Deal with it.
PRAISE for The Fat Lady Sings
"Unlike most arcs about fat teens, this one never equates emotional growth with
weight loss; Aggie's refreshingly non-symbolic fatness is just part of her....Given the ratings
of Glee and the emerging popularity of teen lit combining queer themes and musicals,
this should be a hit."
April 1, 2011
"As a writer and publisher of plays for teens, I greatly appreciate Charlie Lovett's richly
developed characters. The Fat Lady Sings leads you on a journey of self-acceptance, whether
you are a teen or remember what it was like to be one. This book carries its audience of readers to a
theatre stage—or perhaps it's a stage of life—and beautifully illustrates how to feel comfortable with
yourself, both inside and out."
Pioneer Drama Service
"A palpable hit! Charlie Lovett's new book is saucy, smart, heartfelt, & very
funny. The author must have been a teenage theatre lover himself to have captured the offstage
"drama" of the teen theatre world so vividly. Fans of Glee,
Wicked, & Hairspray will eat this up. There may need
to be a sequel, and perhaps—a musical!"