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I couldn't put it down. Merkl writes a story that is funny, honest and heartfelt. I loved the pure transparency about the constant frustrations about weight and food.  --gothamgal.com

Interesting story ... the underlying search for middle ground is unearthed in a compelling read. --Angie Mangino, Freelance Book Reviewer

Filled with witty dialogue as well as well-placed character development, "Fat Chick" is a story that could change your life.   -- Girlfriendbooks.com


I'd recommend this book to people who enjoy chick lit with a weight and/or diet main story line with a bit of glamour, bad behavior, WW points obsession and stereotyping thrown in for good measure. Overall, this book was a decent read! -- Rian Montgomery

This is a great debut novel that handles dieting, body image and love with wit and compassion. --The Chick Lit Club

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Fat chick or skinny bitch. These have always been the only options for advertising account executive, Trish Collins, who desperately needs to find some middle ground -- with her weight as well as her life. (added by author)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Vineyard Press (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930067704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930067707
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,076,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sandra Iler Kirkland VINE VOICE on November 28, 2010
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We meet Trish Collins as she is on top of her world. Finally, a perfect size zero, she has a great job at an ad agency representing TREND, the most sought-after fashion magazine. She has a great relationship with her boyfriend, who is also the personal trainer who helped her get a toned and muscular body. She isn't hurting for anything....

The book then goes back and portrays Trish's life when she was fat. Losing her father early, she stuffed her pain with food. She continues to eat until she is large, every taunt and male rejection just fueling her appetite as she turns again and again to the friend that never rejects, food.

Finally, she has had enough and decides this is the time she will make a real difference. She joins a program, joins a gym, and over months, gets thin and thinner and thinner. Her life is now perfect, or is it?

Lorraine Duffy Merkl has created a woman that will find a touchpoint with most women. Most of us have wished for thinner bodies or wished we were even thinner, typing our self-worth to how many pounds show on the scale and what size we can buy in the department store. She shows Trish's struggles with sterotypical rejections and then flips the mirror and shows the pros and cons of being super-thin. The writing is breezy and the characters sometimes shallow, but this is intentional on the author's part as she shows the archtypes that rule women's places in society. This book is recommended for women readers and males that want to understand the enormous part weight and self-image play in almost every woman's life.
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I had written a long diatribe about this book. But, honestly my rant was probably longer and contained more emotional depth than this book. I'm not sure why it seems to strike a nerve with me. My weight goes up and down like any woman, but I'm pretty laid-back when it comes to weight issues. And I've read a lot worse crap on the subject. But let me try to be brief.

The writing style of this book is very glib. At first, I thought it was very witty and funny and clever. But after a few pages, the unceasing entrendres and plays on words gets a little monotonous. Then it just comes across as trying-too-hard. But midway through the book, the author seems to run out of most of her witticisms and that calms down.

You'll spend pretty much the entire book hating the main character. She is annoying as a fat woman--pathetic, a terrible cliche of an overweight person, almost literally reaching for food at the end of every paragraph whenever she doesn't get something she wants or something doesn't go her way.

Then she loses the weight. 175 pounds, in fact. However, her weight loss "struggle" is skimmed over in about a page or two. I put struggle in quotation marks because there really is none. There's no talk of it being difficult for her to lose weight, or anything you might otherwise sympathize with. She just decides one day to do it, and then it's done, and she is suddenly gorgeous overnight (none of her friends or family or co-workers notice this transformation because she apparently continues to wear the same close almost 200 pounds lighter--seems legit, right?). Then she gets a makeover, and suddenly everyone notices that she lost a buck seventy-five.

The character ditches her current boyfriend, and meets her new trainer-boyfriend the same day.
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Not another book about a fat young lady, the million diets she's been on and how miserable her life is? Nope. This lady is fun, interesting and smart. I enjoyed this book a lot and even went back to read certain parts again. Witty, funny and even thought provoking, this is a book for anybody of any weight!
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By Pink Tink on May 26, 2014
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This book is written to make you laugh, but it's underlying message is really important. The author goes full circle from chubby to super thin to reaching a happy medium. She goes up against her mother, various boyfriends and finally realizes that she needs to be happy with herself. Also set in the fashion industry, it is even more difficult to find that. Many humorous points too!
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Fat Chick, a novel screamed at me on Amazon.com, this was something I could relate to! I knew it was not a sad, depressing struggle about weight but a funny coming to age for this gal. Lorraine Duffy Merki does not disappoint, pick this one up!
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It's a fun read, but it seemed to go a bit quick overall. But at the same time, it felt like a few parts were dragged out in order to make the book a bit longer.

It's a really interesting take on weight loss, and how it can affect your life. I would buy it again, but I did feel like it was a tad bit amateurish.
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liked this book and found some truth in it. People do judge you how you look and if you get thin you will be noticed. Sometimes the circumstances in life making you fat sometimes it will be yourself. A book to think about how you judge people on the cover.
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This was a well written and extremely enjoyable book with great thought given to reasons behind eating issues. I related to this book on many levels, especially the ending when Trish finally faces her true demons and comes to peace with her body. I not only enjoyed a great read but was so inspired throughout. Such a great book with an amazing price to boot!
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