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 : Penguin Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9780143128489
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number: AWAD, M


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Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / January 2018

Jan 10, 2019

If you go into this expecting a light-hearted romp, you will be very disappointed. It is not a light-hearted romp. It is a serious, at time darkly funny (so dark you might forget to laugh) look at the pressure women put on ourselves to be thin.

Oh, Lizzie/Beth/Elizabeth/Liz! You broke my heart, while telling me some hard truths. Thank you.

The collection kind of loses steam, but I almost wonder if it's intentional. Anyway, I loved it. It's deceptively simple but for me so good/true.

PerthEastLibrary Dec 27, 2018

This book was our December read for the Caught Read-Handed Book Club. This book was unanimously disliked by every member of the club. We all found it profoundly sad. One member thought it should come with a warning as it could be detrimental to someone suffering from an eating disorder and should be kept out of the hands of young, impressionable women. Though the writing style was good the subject matter was too dark and depressing (and in our opinions unrealistic) that it could not be enjoyed.

Sep 29, 2018

I wish I reviewed the comments on this book before reading. The only reason why I finished it was hoping to find that character revitalized by self-love and developing high self-esteem, but goodness, no. It was a depressing, horrible read. I thought the first chapter was funny and witty but then, it got increasingly boring to read. Best bet is to find something else.

May 03, 2018

I received this book as a Christmas gift and was so excited to read it; it isn’t everyday you see fat girls being represented in books. But my expectations were unfortunately not reached at all. This book was just one big stereotype after another. The main character, Elizabeth, is fat and struggles immensely with feeling good about herself. Now that in itself is a stereotype (not all fat girls are insecure) however, it’s still an important thing to write about. But not only was Elizabeth insecure, she also got poor grades, was so desperate for male attention she let them do whatever they wanted with her, was so desperate for female friendship she put up with horrible friends and pushed her mother away. She was the personification of the stereotypical fat girl, and there was no hope of her breaking out of that throughout the book. A very disappointing read. 1/5 stars
- @iloveunicorns of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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.

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