Sugar is a novel about a morbidly obese 17-year-old girl forced to take care
of her deadbeat family, including her mother, who is so overweight she hasn't gotten out of bed in months...
-the rushed decision making of youth
- first love
-coming of age
Coming of Age
Romeo and Juliet both show that they are maturing throughout the story- Juliet begins to question things like prejudice against names and other useless things, while Romeo must step up to "be a man" now that he has married.
Sugar starts the novel off as a beaten-down young girl who tries to hide inside herself from the taunts and horror of her life, but she slowly begins to gain confidence and realize that she holds the power to her own future, and that it may not be as dark as she once thought.
Romeo and Juliet, Juliet especially, begins to rebel against their elders, who say they cannot be together because they come from warring families. We see Juliet lie to her nurse for the very first time right after she meets Romeo. It is through this rebellion that they see the ridiculousness of their grudge and begin to grow into adults.
Before meeting Even, Sugar is completely subservient to her abusive mother. however, after she meets him, she begins to leave her mother alone for the very first time, much to her mother's anger. She also begins to do things her mother doesn't want her to do, like spend time with Even (sound familiar?) or go out with friends.
Romeo is Juliet's first love, and though Juliet is not Romeo's first, we can infer that he hasn't had this strong of feelings for any girl before, as he is willing to spend the rest of his life with her. Both of them are willing to denounce their families to be able to be together, even after only knowing each other for less than a few hours.
Even is Sugar's first love, and we assume that Sugar is Even's first love. the romance in this novel happens much more slowly and realistically, over several months rather than several days. Sugar and Even also come from warring groups in a way- Sugar is the outsider, humiliated and picked on, while Even is handsome and asked to join the popular crowd almost immediately. neither of them let this interfere with their love, however.
Romeo and Juliet are one of the most famous tragedies of all time- from a mixture of adults who refuse to listen to them, rash decisions, and just plain bad luck, the two lovers end up dying for each other in the end.
Sugar and Even have an almost a storybook- like romance that comes to a screeching halt when Even is killed, by Sugar's own brother. This came completely out of the blue with no hints or lead up at all. Even's death destroys Sugar and she feels she has absolutely no one else to talk to. However, she eventually finds the strength to leave her abusive family and start a new life.