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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743244567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743244565
  • ASIN: B001PO6A0Y
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,909,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Actress Mo'Nique, of UPN's The Parkers, has been large since she was a kid. When she was rejected as a teenager trying out for the cheerleading squad, she responded, Damn it, do you know how hard it is to get 200 pounds up in the air? I should have made the squad for that trick alone. Accustomed to being called Chunky Butt and Shamu, Mo'Nique has a pretty bright outlook on life; for her, it's one's mind, not the size of her behind, that counts. She explains why fat trumps thin and advises single-digit sisters (those whose dress size is eight or smaller) to move over or scoot the fuck out of the way because the FAT is gonna hit the fire and you will get burned. The author's belief that society places too much emphasis on being thin is unquestionably sound, but her manner of empowering big women leaves much to be desired. Instead of helping readers, Mo'Nique denigrates them (e.g., a typical day for a big girl, she says, includes less than five hours of work and the rest of the day eating and socializing; while a skinny girl spends over 12 hours working and the rest of the day eating and exercising). Although Mo'Nique's brassy style, blunt prose and lack of organization may not faze her readers, the book isn't likely to change society's treatment of big women and merely perpetuates a stereotype.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hilarious...generates big laughs.


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This was a funny book, had a good message overall and was an easy read.
Lupita
And while it may be true that she likes to eat a lot, I think that isn't the case at all with most fat women who actually on average eat as much as skinny evil women.
Erica
I bought this book some time ago but recently came across it in the closet & read it again.
Pidg

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By mstrina911 on July 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am a plus size female who is very confident, fashionable and poised. I purchased this book because I wanted to see Monique's attemp to uplift the Big Girls. I was very disappointed and would not reccommend this book to anyone. This book does nothing but perpetuate sterotypes and encourage Big Girls to eat until they can't walk. This was an autobiography of sorts and pretty much talks about her experience. I couldn't relate to most the themes expressed in this book, as my day does not revolve around food. If you let her tell it, Big Girls eat all day every day and when we are at the mall we stop two or times to eat. It was just rediculous. In addition, the depiction of slim girls was just wrong. This was a waste of money. I'm glad I only ordered a used version for a couple of bucks. Hopefully, someone will write a real book that speaks about self-acceptance, finding your way and being your own fabulous self.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By doll on February 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Terrible and boring

In this book Mo'nique does exactlly what she says she hates sterotypes.In the book she blames skinny women for everything.This book is a ego bashing boost.I am a big girl and I found this book a Big Bore.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Erica on August 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Now while the last thing I want to do is give any hint of an agreement with some of those who hated this book just because it's pro-fat (since those individuals are sickeningly bigoted), this book lame.
Look, I'm thrilled about fat acceptance. I am.
And Mo'nique is my girl.
But the woman can't write and her editor can't edit! Paragraphs that stretched through an entire page, rambling about a few very mundane life experiences, ect ect. I tried so hard to get through this book but I just plain couldn't. I trudged halfway and got mired down in the rambling.
I liked everything she had to say, but I didn't like her lack of writing style. And while it may be true that she likes to eat a lot, I think that isn't the case at all with most fat women who actually on average eat as much as skinny evil women. I'm glad she's comfortable with her lifestyle, but she neglected to point out that she's the embodiment of the stereotype (which should not be shameful) and not all fat women are. Lots of fat women can excercise with the best of them and have the appetites of birds but remain gorgeously heavy.
Conversely, I appreciated that she could brag about eating a lot, since many of the fat acceptance gurus blow their trumpets about how fat girls DON'T eat more, which actually seems to make eating into a criminal act.

Also, she was hatin a little too much on the skinny girls, it got a bit ridiculous. She should have spent more time talking about how gorgeous fat girls are instead of trashing skinny girls. I understand she was just trying to give them a taste of their own medicine, but it just came off as mean.
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Angie Hemingway on July 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If someone wrote a book called "FAT Women are Evil" it would be all over TV, and people would be protesting! Mo'nique obviously has low self-esteem. The reason why I say that, is because she has to put "skinny women" down to make herself feel better. She is a skinny phobe. Its great to be confident and feel great, no matter how big you are. With that said, people who are overweight/obese have a higher risk of developing diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. You only have 1 body, take care of it. But people are so selfish and lazy, they dont want to do anything about it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alberto on December 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm not a woman and I'm not 'big', but I do like a funny book and there's a certain richness and pride in Mo'Nique's book which I quite enjoyed. It's a harmless easy and fast read and is likely to put a smile on your face if you enjoy humorous books/bios ;-) Other humourous books/bios I recommend: John Leguizamo, Margaret Cho, Ellen Degeneres
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sad in Saratoga on September 2, 2013
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I purchased this book for the sake of comedy, and I am now disappointed that my hard-earned money has gone towards MoNique's royalties. This book is a disgrace and I've given it one star only because I cannot give it zero. With such a ridiculous title, I thoroughly expected this book to be a funny guide to loving yourself (for the same reason a tall man is called Tiny or a bald man is called Curly); instead, it is a manual on how to hate others. I will not divulge my own shape because it frankly does not matter; fat and skinny women alike should feel offended by this book as it perpetuates utterly unfair stereotypes of both weight categories. I lost count of the term "skinny b*tches" well into triple digits while reading and eventually gave up on the book altogether. The book is not uplifting for either category as MoNique proves herself to be just as hateful and full of spite as the skinny women she claims are discriminating against HER, suggesting a very seriously warped self-image. In the book she discloses how she lied to and tricked a boss during a teenage summer job in retail, provides juvenile "Yo mama's so skinny" jokes to combat their equally juvenile counterpart, and describes in great detail how she makes salewomen who are trying to help her miserable simply because they are skinny and "can't understand" her larger body. She apparently believes that the only important factors in a relationship are sex and food and that eating at the office is more important than actually working. And possibly the biggest "joke"-or insult-of the whole book is that the first chapter is titled "Can't We All Just Get Along?"!Read more ›
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