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Fatty Patty (The James Bay Novels #1) [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Irene Paterka
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Small towns, long memories. Everyone in the exclusive summer resort of James Bay, Michigan remembers FATTY PATTY, the chubby little girl with the round face and wild red curls. All grown up now, Patty Perreault teaches at the same elementary school where the painful playground memories still taunt her. She hasn’t forgotten the cruel nickname—plus she still hasn’t lost those extra pounds. Convinced her weight is the biggest reason why she’s a four time loser in the semi-finals for Teacher of the Year, Patty resolves to make some changes in her body and her life.

Sam Curtis, an overweight accountant she meets at the community pool, swims into Patty’s life with romance on his mind. But as their friendship grows, Patty finds it hard to see beyond his extra pounds. She’s torn as Sam refuses to deal with his own overweight issues. Her heart tells her one thing, but her eyes see another. She’s not interested in an overweight boyfriend. When it comes to winning the Grand Prize in life and love, Patty has some hard lessons to learn. Will she be able to confront her fears about the kind of woman she yearns to be? Will she be able to put down the fork and give her heart a try?

Editorial Reviews


Women's Fiction has found a delectable new voice in Kathleen Irene Paterka. Her debut novel FATTY PATTY is one sweet treat! Patty's journey to overcome her weight issues in self-acceptance is worth every calorie. I loved this book and can't wait for seconds!  -- Jenna Mindel, SEASON OF DREAMS

From the Author

Kathleen Irene Paterka fell in love with writing (and food) at a very young age. By the time she graduated high school, she'd completed her first manuscript and she weighed 300 lbs. Though the extra pounds have long since disappeared, Kathleen still carries the emotional scars of being a former fatty. FATTY PATTY was born from the cruel teasing she endured on the school playground.

Product Details

  • File Size: 804 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kathleen Irene Paterka (December 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081FPIF8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut novel! May 9, 2012
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I empathized with Patty from the first page to the last. The ice cream scene was painfully familiar to me. Patty's not a perfect heroine, and not always pretty - in her thoughts or her actions - but always entertaining. There was a lot of depth in this debut novel and a lot of emotion. I especially admired Patty's determination, and I rooted for her all through the book. The ending is one of the best I've read. It's a terrific debut and I'm looking forward to the next James Bay novel.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fatty Patty May 21, 2012
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What a lovely story. Like Patty I have struggled with my weight my whole life. It tells you that love is more important then anything else in the world no matter what your size. I love that there are other books about James Bay and look forward to the next one. What a wonderful summer story. Thank you Ms. Paterka.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Average story, unlikable character November 23, 2012
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I'm a sucker for a good transformation story. And I have to say that the author's writing is good, for contemporary fiction. But the main character was so one-sided and obsessive that it made her hard to connect with, and how she treated people made her downright unbelievably unlikable. I found it hard to get through a sizable chunk of the midsection due to patty's stupid obsession and the slow pacing. Also, the rushed resolution left me wondering if the author annoyed herself with this character and wrapped it up with a nice bow just to be done with her.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gritty Life-Like Read September 3, 2012
Growing up "the fat sister" I can relate to Patty in so many ways. It is hard when you see yourself as something different. Sam is such a great character and reminds me so much of my own husband. He is the perfect man who sees Patty as the wonderful beautiful person she truly is. Fatty Patty is a great debut book and although I will say there were times I wanted to put it down because I saw a bit too much of myself in Patty I kept reading in the hopes that Patty would see herself differently. Patty descends into to some dark places, for lack of a better description.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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People will only relate when they are mentally ready to accept the truth behind what the author is trying to relate to the reader.until you are ready it falls on deaf ears.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patty hits the spot! August 28, 2012
This debut novel by Kathleen Irene Paterka touches on so many insecurities that women face. From the love-hate relationship with food, to measuring oneself against the impossible image of perfection portrayed in media, to the inability to believe we deserve love and respect, this story reaches deep and delivers a wonderful life-affirming conclusion. Be prepared to stay up late reading this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and Real August 27, 2012
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I loved this book! The characters, especially Patty, felt so REAL to me. Yes, she has flaws, but that's what makes her human and allows her to grow over the course of the book. A story about a perfect person would be boring IMHO. I think a lot of people can identify with Patty's problems and insecurities (even if you don't struggle with weight) because we all deep down feel self conscious about some aspect of ourselves, don't we? Patty's struggles and bad choices made me root for her even more to find her path and discover happiness where she least expected it. FATTY PATTY is a touching romance about a real woman and real-life problems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fatty Patty August 26, 2012
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The outward appearance is not what's important ... it's the inner beauty that counts when it comes to achieving self-acceptance and finding love and happiness in your life. This is one woman's journey of self-discovery to overcome her weight issues through self-acceptance, while receiving some hard life lessons along the way.

Patty Perreault is a fifth grade elementary school teacher from James Bay, Michigan, who has dealt with the daily struggles of being overweight since childhood. She now teaches at the very same elementary school, where painful playground memories of being taunted with the cruel nickname Fatty Patty has not been forgotten.

With a new school year starting, Patty is determined to lose weight so that she could finally win the coveted Bay County Teacher of the Year contest that has eluded her for the past four years. Her mantra is: "Brand new school year, brand new body, brand new Patty!" Patty's fraternal twin sister Priscilla is there for her with moral support, but she only adds to Patty's low self-esteem as she was the one born as the thin delicate beauty.

Patty meets Sam Curtis, a beefy overweight accountant, while swimming laps at the community pool. A friendship develops between them, but Sam is interested in more than just a friendship, while Patty can't seem to get past the issue of his weight to let the relationship blossom beyond a friendship. And then there is Nick, Patty's co-worker who she considers the "perfect man."

Will Patty deny herself the chance at a meaningful relationship because of outward appearances? Or will she discover that the only important thing that matters most is the inner beauty of a person?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fatty patty
Loved the book. Having had a weight problem all my life and very skinned friends know how she feel. Great summer read!
Published 11 days ago by claire
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel good book
Just a feel good book. It was funny and kept my interest all through the entire book. Very refreshing reading.
Published 23 days ago by rayme
3.0 out of 5 stars Romance? Not Quite Typical.
Good writing, tight plot, and decent dialogue was the main positives about Ms. Paterka's book.

A study of the struggles of being f-, um, overweight. Read more
Published 2 months ago by by rnj1
5.0 out of 5 stars It's me
this story could have been mine. It was too true to life for all who have struggled with weight for life.
Published 2 months ago by Suzanne Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject matter
As a person who is overweight I enjoyed having a book written from that perspective. I especially liked the tip at the end "you will only lose weight when you want to do that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by N. MCLEROY
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Fatty Patty
Fatty Patty made me really cheer for her. I love when I can identify with and get behind the main character.
Published 3 months ago by Katie Leiux
5.0 out of 5 stars book
funny bookm so full of laughs and true to life happenings. all characters in book were individually interesting with their own personalities.
Published 3 months ago by VIRGINIA KATRAMADOS
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the realness that was this book.
Fatty Patty was true to life. Someone who is heavy can sometimes be a harsher judge of someone else than the "perfect" people.
Published 3 months ago by Debbie Raymaker
3.0 out of 5 stars Fatty Patty
Enjoyed the book...easy reading. Decided to get next book in the series also after reading the intro chapter following the book
Published 3 months ago by lee mcmillan
2.0 out of 5 stars Overweight Girl Determined to Change Her Fate
I have to be honest; I did not like this book. The plot appealed to me: a girl thinks her weight is the source of all her problems, and tries to change things so that everything... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bibiana M.
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More About the Author

Kathleen Irene Paterka is an Amazon Bestselling Author of Women's Fiction. Her newest release, ROYAL SECRETS, offers readers a glimpse into the fascinating world of weddings, romance and royalty. Her popular James Bay series includes: FATTY PATTY, HOME FIRES, LOTTO LUCY and FOR I HAVE SINNED. Kathleen is the resident staff writer for Castle Farms, a world renowned castle listed on the National Historic Register, and co-author of the non-fiction book FOR THE LOVE OF A CASTLE. Having lived and studied abroad, Kathleen's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Michigan University. She and her husband live in the beautiful north country of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

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