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I want this to be a warning to everyone who has been hurt in the past that this book relishes in mocking and shaming fat people. The story is named after it. It is unbearable and consistent for the entire story. I think the only person the author hates more than his fat protags are the female victims of the crime. None of the humor is derived from wit, it's entirely based on cruelty and venom. The author also thoroughly loves mocking people with mental health issues, so there's that too.
This story could have used a strict editor. Every single bit of description could have been cut in half and nothing would have been lost. The author chose not to though because without those tedious hand holding tours this story wouldn't even count as a book. It barely counts as a novella as it is now. All of those details he's so hyper focused on are useless and are more often than not meant to serve as a way to say mean things about someone in the scene.
I want this to be clear that this review is absolutely written with the spirit of the book in mind. the author is so judgmental of every thing. Every character is something he can pick apart to suit his drab world view. Everything he's decided is bad is flayed and displayed open chested so he can unsuccessfully try to deconstruct it. I can only assume the author is incapable of looking critically at his own work. That could be the only reason why he so earnestly stumbles into writing the exact genre scenes he wrote this novella to "fix".
I can't go on and if I have been unclear let me say it plainly: this is a bad book. Do not read this book. If you do have to read this book read it with a friend like I did and laugh and laugh at how poorly the author is at manipulation. And let it be known, if you are fat, old, ugly, struggling with your mental health or any of the other people this story works so hard to victimize and hurt, you're still loved. You deserve better books and you deserve quality protagonists that are written well and have some joy in their lives.