13 Ways Of Looking At A Fat Girl

13 Ways Of Looking At A Fat Girl

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Book - 2016
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As caustically funny as it is heartbreaking, 13 Ways Of Looking At a Fat Girl introduces a vital new voice in fiction. Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks. Even when she starts dating guys online, she's too afraid to send pictures. So she starts to lose. She counts calories consumed, miles logged, pounds lost, raw almonds eaten - she even undertakes an epic battle with a von Furstenberg. But no matter how much weight she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl?
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Penguin,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780143194798
Branch Call Number: FIC Awad
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 20 cm

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Crystaljocille
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.
DO NOT READ!

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Eosos
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.

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chloecat
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.

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LexiLou2
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...

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allisonanne
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.

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mclarjh
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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jessreadsbooks2
Jun 17, 2016

Mona Awad's debut novel addresses our society's body obsession in a way that is at once uncomfortable, witty, absurd, hilarious, and (painfully) raw. Whether or not you are or have ever been a "fat girl," you will likely find the novel's main character, Lizzie, to be relatable at some point. Even after Lizzie starts to lose weight, we get a glimpse of the continued pressure on a woman with a warped self-image. On top of the cultural issues Awad's novel confronts, we readers also get to experience a beautifully written work of fiction that has the capacity to bring someone like me to tears— not only because of the subject matter, but also because of the exquisite language that reveals itself throughout.

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athompson10
Apr 10, 2016

Bitter, angry and sad stories.

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