13 Ways of Looking at A Fat Girl

13 Ways of Looking at A Fat Girl

Book - 2016
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Follows Lizzie, a young woman growing up in Mississauga, as she fights her way from fat to thin, but who still, even as a married adult woman, sees herself as a fat girl
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2016
ISBN: 9780143128489
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 20 cm


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Oct 23, 2017

To be honest, I could not read this book. I finished two chapters and couldn't go on -- to painful. I am not a "fat girl," but I was miserable in high school and this brought back really difficult memories. Very well-written and powerful, but too much for me!

Jul 24, 2017

I was interested in reading this book that was short-listed for the Giller. It is a short novel divided into 13 Chapters that follow Lizzie (aka Elizabeth and Beth) from her teenage years to adulthood. The book is well written and I'm sure there are themes in the story that people can relate to. I just found that the main character was frustrating because her self esteem is so low it affected every aspect of her life but she didn't seem to grow much over the course of the story.

Jun 07, 2017

I was so very disappointed in this book. As a "fat person", as some of you have described me, this was not reflective of my life. This was however reflective of a shallow, insecure, miserable person that no matter what they looked like, would never have been happy. This book was depressing, offensive and was sloppily written. Using every stereotype to describe a miserable existence is lazy. I wonder if this is derived from her own experiences or just an outlook of a thin girl at a fat girls life.
This was a waste of my money (yes I bought this piece of trash) and time.

Feb 13, 2017

Wow, how depressing. I'm not sure what the intent of this book was, if there was supposed to be hope or humour, but all I got was self-loathing and heart-breaking. That this obsession with looks and weight should essentially ruin her life, destroy her marriage, affect her friendships and turn her into a obsessive compulsive food denier.
It was really too much for me, I don't like stories without hope, characters without pep and maybe most of all, I don't like that this story is probably all to common.

Dec 25, 2016

A sad but probably realistic account of how a fat person lives......poor self image, poor self esteem, the relentless journey to get thin and stay that way. Perhaps you have to have lived the life yourself to identify with Lizzie. I found it a sad book.

GSPLanna Oct 12, 2016

A great read - with real insight into being a woman and our image obsessed culture.

Aug 17, 2016

The synopsis is incredibly misleading. This novel has an inordinate amount of sexual content which does not particularly epitomize the premise of self-loathing due to figure; instead, it is redundant and painful to read. You may enjoy it, but I did not. Actually, I didn't finish the book...

Aug 13, 2016

Absolutely loved this book! very truthful description of what it is to live in your body.

KateHillier Jul 13, 2016

For lack of a better word, this book is gutting. If you're a woman who has ever struggled with your weight, this book is just searing in some bits. It also takes place in Mississauga so growing up in the suburbs is also a theme here and man was nostalgia hitting me hard in the first bit.

You follow Liz (or Beth, or Elizabeth depending on what she likes being called) through various parts of her life and what decisions or in decisions she makes. Is her weight a factor to those choices? To how people see her? To how people treat her? Yes, I would argue, would be the answer.

It's a quick read but it's not one you'll forget quickly.

Jun 20, 2016

A series of interlinked stories. Juvenile, perhaps a teenager would appreciate it. Very bad writing, slim evidence of talent. Hyper consumerism is promoted non stop.

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