Big Girl Small is the recipient of the 2012 American Library Association's Alex Award, and was named one of the Top Ten Books of 2011 by Newsday.
 
“DeWoskin's daring third book takes on sexual politics, physical beauty, pity, and violence, and succeeds in giving readers a nuanced and provocative treatment without descending into pedantics or hysteria. Bright and sardonic Judy Lohden, a 16-year-old dwarf freshly enrolled in Ann Arbor's Darcy Arts Academy, falls victim to "the worst Steven King Carrie prank in the history of dating" . .  . It's a rare author who is willing to subject her protagonist to the extreme ranges of degradation and redemption to which DeWoskin subjects Judy; thankfully, she manages it beautifully. ”
Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
 
“Charmingly sassy.”
Vanity Fair
 
“The wisecracking 16-year-old dwarf at the centre of DeWoskin's darkly comic coming-of-age novel narrates a thoroughly modern tale of humiliation and resilience. . . . DeWoskin gives us an irresistible heroine—one who rises above misfortune with grit and grace.”
More Magazine
 
“Like a contemporary version of Oz or its coming-of-age antecedent, Alice in Wonderland, Judy's experiences of adolescence are exhilarating, terrifying and almost uniformly surreal.”
Time Out New York
 
“DeWoskin deftly captures the often vicious dynamics of adolescents . . . and creates in Judy an unforgettable character, one who is, by turns, sardonic and heartbreakingly vulnerable.”
Booklist (starred review)
 
Big Girl Small is a distinctive addition to the already packed cosmic library of coming-of-age stories. As DeWoskin's novel wistfully reminds us, the destruction-of-innocence plot never gets worn out because the ways in which innocence can be destroyed are apparently infinite.” -- NPR

“Told in Judy's sardonic, self-aware voice, this wonderfully engaging novel captures the way adolescence renders one's own identity somehow unknowable, perhaps because 'we contain various versions of ourselves,' and high school is the time of maximum pressure to choose just one. Little wonder that, amid the terror and wonder of crushes, parties, and sexual exploration, Judy chooses wrong.”
Boston Globe 
 
“A realistic portrait of teenage life, writ large.”
Dallas Morning News
 
“DeWoskin, has done an amazing job at getting into the mindspace of teenagers: the distraction of all-encompassing love; the forced friendships; the casual peer pressure; the realities of reputations and gossip. . . Big Girl Small doesn't shy away from serious issues, this book is not for the faint-hearted. It's funny, thrilling, wise, heartbreaking and honest.”
- Readings Carlton

“This is what Rachel Dewoskin wants to know: how do you go on living in a world that exalts creativity yet stifles difference? DeWoskin describes exactly what high school kids are like: the smart ones, and the sensitive ones, and the okay ones, and the happy ones, and the fake ones, and the twisty artists, and the true talents, and in the middle of it all, her exuberant creation Judy Lohden—a stellar phenomenon growing like a poppy towards the sun. Witty, intuitive, and moving, Big Girl Small examines the crucial moment when we either listen to what the world says and stay small, or dare to sing out at the top of our lungs.”
—Nicola Keegan, author of Swimming

“I loved reading Big Girl Small as much as I loved watching The Breakfast Club for the first time. Is Rachel DeWoskin our new John Hughes?”
—Isabel Gillies, author of Happens Every Day

“The voice of Judy Lohden will ring in my head for weeks to come. A first page so funny and fierce I read it aloud to my teenagers—in public. Judy stuffs Holden Caulfield right back into his dusty museum case and shows us the rawness and the dark humor of today's coming-of-age experience. Judy Lohden speaks for all young people facing the unspeakable ignorance of others. Yet Rachel DeWoskin handles the story with the sensitivity of a scalpel and a humor that leaves the reader howling. I was delighted and moved.”
—Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Big Girl Small is the most engaging novel I've read in many years. DeWoskin has aimed the book at all the pleasure centers: it's sad, funny, quirkily suspenseful, and—most of all—beautiful. I can't imagine a more satisfying read. A book for anyone, anywhere, who's ever felt alien or different. That is, a book for everyone.”
—Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and More Than It Hurts You