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Til The Fat Girl Sings: From an Overweight Nobody to a Broadway Somebody-A Memoir Paperback – April 26, 2006

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What's a gal to do when she tips the scales at 230 pounds and longs to sing on Broadway? Wheatley worked herself down to a manageable weight through a strict diet and exercise routine-but that's not the end of her story. In this combination memoir and motivational tract, the author chronicles her struggle with weight and how it affected her self-esteem as a child, professional actress and mother, until she reached the point that she was comfortable carrying around a few extra pounds. Wheatley's never-give-up approach to life is inspiring, and her writing is as smooth as it is conversational. Overall, though, this book's best audience might be young readers, who should be inspired by this overcoming-adversity story. The author, who leads seminars for students about self-esteem and body image issues, doesn't go into depth about her pound-dissolving process, except to say that she ate better and exercised. To that end, there's a frustrating vagueness throughout. For instance, when Wheatley lands a role in Cats, her contract stipulates she must lose 10 pounds, but the reader doesn't know her weight before or after. And though the cover resembles a Broadway Playbill, there's minimal behind-the-scenes dish. However, readers looking for a spirited pick-me-up will find it here.
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About the Author

Sharon Wheatley (New York, NY) is a Broadway actress, and has appeared in such shows as Cats, Les Miserables, and The Phantom of the Opera. She also teaches nationwide seminars for high school and college students about body image and self-esteem. She has a major role in the Las Vegas production of the Broadway hit, Avenue Q, at the Wynn Casino. This is her first book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593375433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593375430
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,633,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. R. Karpe on May 11, 2006
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Sharon Wheatley's memoir is more than just an account of conquering childhood obesity, it's also a funny and moving coming-of-age story about creating the life you dream of in the face of adversity. Although we already know the ending--that Sharon found a happy life as a wife and mother and a successful career as a Broadway actress--this compulsively readable book keeps you rooting for her, wondering if she'll be able to beat the odds. This is not just a book aimed at young women, it is a story with universal appeal, and Sharon's natural gift as a writer draws you in like a confidante to her story.
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Beautiful, sensitive memoir that deals with universal issues of growing up. Sharon doesn't cast blame for her weight but certainly expresses how it affected her growing up and still affects her as an adult. It's about forgiving yourself and others for things you did and that happened to you in the past. I was hesitant to read the book because of the mother influence in her story. I didn't want to have to beat myself up for how I raised my girls in relation to body concept and self-esteem but it didn't make me feel sad or regretful. It is a very quick read. I read it today! A deeply personal, intimate look at a lovely, talented person who has worked very hard to achieve her dream and overcome many personal issues. It's a beautiful love story too. A must read for anyone who was ever a child, with or without weight issues - mother, adult, singer, actor,... human being. Can you tell, I loved it!
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This is the story of what it's like to grow up seriously obese. Sharon Wheatley's story is sometimes funny and sometimes pitiful. It's like Judy Blume's Blubber come to life. Imagine being called compared to a heifer in class and in front of a teacher who decides to do nothing about it. Imagine having a sales clerk who should at least try to be nice in order to sell you more clothes refer to you as gross within earshot of you. Sharon dealt with all this by becoming a jolly good sport and by throwing herself into her music. Later she looses weight and makes it to New York and Broadway. This is a pretty good memoir. It sympathizes with fat teens but doesn't tell them that it's okay to just make the pain go away by indulging in a food binge.
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It's been my great privilege to hear Sharon sing and see her perform, and believe me, I was shocked to learn she'd struggled with her weight. She has such an exotic and unusual beauty that you just can't take your eyes off her, and when she sings, well, her voice is incredible. It's wonderful to hear a major Broadway talent admit she's had some of the same problems the rest of us struggle with daily.
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I loved this story! It opened my eyes to a problem that I really wasn't tuned in to. An important story to tell. Not only that but I think sometimes we as individuals feel so alone, like we are the only people with problems, Sharon's story of overcoming adversity is a REAL inspiriation.
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Sharon's account of growing up and dreaming of a career on Broadway coupled with the challenges of childhood weight issues is not only compelling but heartwarming and honest.

One of the best reads in a very long time. Everyone will be able to relate to her touching story.
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I found this book by accident looking for an inspirational memoir and I am so glad I did. I felt like I was right there with Sharon as she told about her childhood. She is a natural storyteller and her book was funny and poignant.
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I was totally caught up in this very honest disclosure of a young girl caught up in the idea that in order to succeed in all aspects of the "woman's" world it was necessary to be thin. I could not wait to turn to the next chapter to see where she had gone in her brave quest to achieve her dreams. It is a book well worth reading for every teenager, even the boys, who think they have to look like Miss Teenage America. It is a heartfelt, warm and completely compelling read! Thank you Sharon for being so honest and for being so brave to open up your very most inner secrets and fears.
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