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FAT CHICK Paperback – June 1, 2009
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
Interesting story ... the underlying search for middle ground is unearthed in a compelling read. --Angie Mangino, Freelance Book Reviewer
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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was entertained enough to keep reading, not very memorable though. Good message about self love and finding balance. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Brooke Anderson
It was an okay read, good enough to kill time while I was bored at work. Trish is kind of crazy one dimensional character, she has a backstory, but in only adds weird quirks not... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Molly
As a bona fide " curvy girl" I know a thing or two about a thing or two. This writer gets it. The self image issues that women deal with daily, as well as the issue of being a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by kelli venezia
I will say this for the book- I read it all in one sitting. It was a page turner, that's for sure. But what started as a fun, "girl has to hit rock bottom to see the person she... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Krystle Kacner
It was a very badly written book. The characters were as deep as a puddle, they changed throughout the book very abruptly and drastically for no good reason, the turns of events... Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Hilal Ergul
It was not my favorite weekend read but it wasn't so bad I stopped reading. I could definitely relate to the characters yo/ yo dieting and ultimate obsession with being thin. Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by Monica
The conversational style used to cover the territory familiar to all yo-yo dieters made this a fun and affirming read.Published on February 13, 2014 by K. McNamara