Poor, sweet Matty "Fatty" Sullivan is unpopular, overweight, and out of the love of his life's league. Matty is almost at the end of his rope, until he comes across a book in his neighbor's house titled "How to Be Manly," written by a late famous football player.
The book instructs how to lose weight, become the most popular kid in school, and get the girl. Matty follows this famous athlete's rules, and takes it upon himself to shed his extra pounds, his Matty "Fatty" Sullivan persona, and win the girl of his dreams, all before summer is over.
I thought this book was precious. Absolutely precious.
It's a typical coming of age novel, so some aspects of it may be easy to predict to the frequent YA (young adult) reader, but I thought it was positively charming.
There were unexpected twists, heart-fluttery parts (at both young love and intense scenes), there was a fantastic message to Matty's story, and overall, it had a wonderfully feel-good ending.
This book isn't perfect; there were some flaws easily spotted by a well-trained eye, but they were easily overlooked by the charm of the plot.
While I was reading How to Be Manly, I was anxious to get back to Matty's story when I was forced to put the book down. Now that the book is over, I find myself thinking back to Matty's world, and using his book as a reference to every day life.
This book was very enjoyable.