13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

September 14th, 2017
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Read: September 8, 2017

Summary: Lizzie grew up in Mississauga never liked the way she looked. She delves into online dating but if afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her beautifies her. Eventually, Lizzie begins her weight loss journey with punishing drive and fights her way into coveted dresses. As she ages and becomes thin, Lizzie has to learn to navigate the validation from her family, friends, and her reflection in the mirror.

My Thoughts: I did not enjoy this book at all and there were a lot of pages I skimmed through. I was annoyed by the main character was portrayed as the stereotypical woman – both at her heaviest and her thinnest –  craving attention. I did not connect with her or any portions of the book. Having read Dumplin recently, I was half expecting it to be similar portrayal of the atypical character. The base storyline was standard and nothing spectacular which is fine but it could have added in extra oomph to it with more sass and personality to the main character.

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