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Fatropolis Paperback – November 1, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Undermined the whole story.
I wanted to see Jenny become strong and confident with herself; through most of the book, any time someone says something to her, she gets her feelings hurt, gets defensive, tears well in her eyes et cet et cet....got old fast. I wanted the author to develop the character.
But no, we couldn't do the logical thing and make Jenny responsible for her own happiness and sense of self worth. No, let's change the entire world instead of her own thinking. She isn't any less insecure and immature, her thinking and pity me attitude hasn't changed or resolved, her problems with herself are never addressed. The author just framed her into a world where she is never challenged or expected to bolster herself. Dismal message. This could have been about learning to be happy with yourself or about changing your own thinking. The author took the easy way out and never made it any thing useful, just another cheap, escapist fantasy about how the world has to change for you. Good luck with that.
I think that this would also be a great read for someone who doesn't understand the whole concept of "fat shaming". Maybe you find yourself judging someone because of their weight, whether it be a friend, family member, or someone beside you on the bus. If you want to understand what being fat is like, take a little time and read this excellent story, and it should give you a pretty good idea, and may even help make you think twice next time you are thinking negatively.
This book is so positive and upbeat that I really wish it had been around when I was a teenager and struggling with accepting my own fat body. I have to admit, that the idea of Fatropolis being a real place that we could all escape to is such a fantasy at times, even for me, someone who has learned to love themselves the way that they are.
Greatly written, funny, cute, heart warming, and it has a great message. Please buy this book for someone in your life who may struggle with accepting themselves.
On one level it was just an enjoyable tale with romance and a touch of adventure. But just underneath this nice little story a myriad of social and personal questions, opinions, prejudices, and behaviors abound. While these poked at me while I was reading the book, they really demanded my attention in the days after I finished it.
While I am no where near "hearty" enough to be accepted in Fatropolis, I find myself thinking negatively about my body. Like the main character, Jenny, my day starts off with a hop on the scale and the number I see dictates whether I start my day feeling good about myself or not. But I also must admit that I have harbored some of the negative feelings toward "hearty" people that some of the characters in the book express. This book will allow you to explore your own personal feelings as well as those of our society.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed reading this book. A refreshing point of view, unlike any other on plus size people. Creative, great imagery. Fun to read.Published 9 months ago by renate novak
This is a dreadful bodice ripper with a laughable premise and such precious word choice and phrasing I had to laugh out loud. People sriously fall for this crap?Published 19 months ago by Thomas Didelot
It is a shame that this book even made it to publishing. As a formerly obese woman, I can say that the perils of a fat woman's life were accurately described, however, this was... Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Kate
From the first few pages and on I was hooked into this book and the story of Jenny. I could identify with the emotions, the pain, the very humanness of all her feelings. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by mwili
What would life be like if the world catered to "hearty" people instead of skinny skeletons? Jenny gets to find out when she accidentally falls through a portal and lands in... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by PurpleKitty
This really needs to be made into a movie! I could not put the book down. Not only did it keep you intrigued, it had a beautiful story, and great insight for anyone that has ever... Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Sherrie
What I liked: What is beauty, and why don't we ask that question more often? Sometimes we have to juxtapose norms to understand how arbitrary they are, and Ms. Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Critique de Book