Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

by Chris Crutcher

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What happens in the story "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes"?

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Eric and Sarah are school friends with a lot in common: both are misfits--Eric because he's grossly fat, Sarah because of hideous scars from a childhood accident.

Eric joins the swim team and begins to shed his extra pounds, but in doing so, he fears he might lose Sarah's friendship. Instead, as Sarah confronts her past and the fury of an abusive father, their friendship grows in exciting and unexpected ways.

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