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After overcoming domestic violence, divorce, single motherhood and low self esteem, Tracy L. Thompson went on to earn a master's degree in psychology with a specialization in marriage and family therapy from Chapman University, and now has written a novel that sheds light on the issue of weight discrimination in a fun and fanciful way. In the 12 years before Fatropolis was published Tracey did social work for hospice, worked with at-risk youth and their families, and trained military families about aspects of resiliency. She now does social work at the community level, assisting needy families and the homeless.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Pearlsong Press (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597190578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597190572
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,673,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a world of fat acceptance, where large bodies are preferred and the standard of beauty is now that more fat is fashionable and attractive....so she makes the male love interest traditionally muscular, fit, thin and attractive.
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.
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"Fatropolis" is a book that I would recommend to ANYONE who has EVER struggled with being a fat person in today's society. Tracey Thompson does an excellent job painting a vivid picture of what it is truly like to be fat and not accepted because of it. She also perfectly sums up the way that fat shaming can completely damage a persons self esteem.

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.
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As a kid I enjoyed reading mythology and fairy tales. I could suspend my rational thinking and accept talking animals and supernatural events; the payoff was discovering and savoring the underlying meanings and morals that were hidden in the layers of the story. For me, Fatropolis, was an adult fairy tale.

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.
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I wish Fatropolis really existed! I would move there in a heartbeat. I've been a larger woman my entire life and the treatment portrayed in this novel about fat people (although I hate that word) is spot on. I think Tracey Thompson captures perfectly the kind of discrimination that exists in any society, as even Fatropolis has it's own kind of imbedded discrimination against thin individuals. I wish more time had been spent in Fatropolis and not so much in New York City. I was so enthralled by this magical place that I just wanted to spend the entire novel immersed with the characters there. The main character is sweet and easily likeable. Don't expect too many plot surprises as you can pretty much tell who is going to end up with whom very early on. I hope Ms. Thompson revisits Fatropolis in future stories with new characters. It's a wonderful place to feel at home. If you've read this novel and are looking for a similar theme, try Fatland. It is very similar and has a fast pace and wonderful plot twists.
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I enjoyed the flip on the ridiculousness of our current society . The obsession with size 0 on every tv program and magazine cover. I didn't realize how deep it went until I read this book. That said the story is engaging . I couldn't wait to have time to read. Admired the writing and bravery to bring these prejudices to light in a delightful way. Magical.
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