Daily life is pretty dreary for eleven year old Reggie. She's already mastered the art of dumpster diving for scraps of food and being her own parent. Her mother, dangerously close to a full break with sanity, is of little help. Reggie has invented a dream world where she and her best friend, Tough Girl, battle aliens for glory. Life is manageable until new neighbors move in and Reggie's dream world begins to unravel.
1. (of a woman) having a pleasantly plump figure.
2. full bodied; well-proportioned
I'm kind of stretching the definition here. Zaftig implies full bodied but Tough Girl takes that a little further. Since Reggie is more or less starving, she sees being heavy as a blessing. She becomes fascinated with her six-hundred pound neighbor even going so far as to break in to take a peak at her naked. The rolls of fat she sees are not grotesque, they excite her. She'd pay anything to be as big as Mrs. Ruiz, to eat as well and as often. She scorns her own skinny body.
This is not a body image problem. Reggie is not judging on the basis of beauty alone. She wants to eat. She is as much obsessed with survival as she is with her neighbor. To Reggie, being as thin as she is is grotesque.
And that is my A - Z challenge.