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Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (aka Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks - even though her best friend, Mel, says she's the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she's afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend, China, does her makeup: She knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose weight. With punishing drive she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl?
In her brilliant, hilarious, and at times shocking debut, Mona Awad simultaneously skewers the body image-obsessed culture that tells women they have no value outside their physical appearance and delivers a tender and moving depiction of a lovably difficult young woman whose life is hijacked by her struggle to conform. As caustically funny as it is heartbreaking, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl introduces a vital new voice in fiction.
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By Julie Steeves on 01-05-17
I hated this. There is no resolution or introspection or redemption. She makes the reader feel like she does about herself. Hateful. She hates her fat, other people's fat and perpetuates that we should all be disgusted by fat people and that they are less than worthy of human affection, or for anything.
I was not looking for a "feel good, be happy being fat" book. But I certainly thought there might be some insight or value from the perspective of someone with a weight issue.
This book validates the hater and the hated.
Therefore, I hated it. Was it written by a 16 year old, with zero perspective on life.
I can only hope the author has evolved beyond the no self worth, awful and hateful insecurities. Try some therapy!
The stuffy nose narration was tuff to listen to.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Monimons on 06-29-17
Insightful and relatable
As a fellow fat girl, I was curious as to what this book was about. Some of the situations found in the book are situations that, if you're a plus size woman, you've encountered at some point in your life. Some of the chapters were better than others but over it was a good book.