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T Mona Awad simultaneously skewers the body image obsessed culture that tells women they have no value outside their physical appearance and delivers a tender and moving depiction of a lovably difficult young woman whose life is hijacked by her struggle to conform As caustically funny as it is heartbreaking 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl introduces a vital new voice in ficti. Find all of my reviews at this title rings a bell to you Or at minimum you are someone with a decent memory because it is very similar to the poem by Wallace Stevens If you feel so inclined to Google said poem you ll find that Wiki says The poem consists of thirteen short separate sections each of which mentions blackbirds in some way Such is the case with 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl Intertwined vignettes where our MC and importantly her body interacts with friends co workers children sexual partners store clerks her mother her husband the perfect Diane von Furstenberg dress other women etc We watch as Lizzie morphs into Beth who then changes to Elizabeth who then becomes Liz as she grows from high school aged to adulthood and from fat to thin We see how she views herself through these various ages and stages as well as how others view her via different perspectives being presented rather than Lizzie s alone I picked this up pretty much immediately after reading the ber bizarre Bunny because it was undeniable this was an author who could write I just wasn t smart enough to get all that she was putting down This one however Holy crap Talk about powerful and obviously someone who JUST GETS IT Not to mention all the emotion is delivered without resorting to tragiporn or some pathetic trope or making us wallow in a billion pages Mona Awad You are amazing Seriously I want to crawl inside your brain and live there The Black Painting up pretty much immediately after reading the ber bizarre Bunny because it was Fire and Desire undeniable this was an author who could write I just wasn t smart enough to get all that she was putting down This one however Holy crap Talk about powerful and obviously someone who JUST GETS IT Not to mention all the emotion is delivered without resorting to tragiporn or some pathetic trope or making The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox us wallow in a billion pages Mona Awad You are amazing Seriously I want to crawl inside your brain and live there

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13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga aka Mississauga Lizzie has never liked the way she looks even though her best friend Mel says she’s the pretty one She starts dating guys online but she’s afraid to send pictures even when her skinny friend China does her makeup she knows no one would want her if they could really see her So she starts to lose With punishing d. This starts out so strong and so much of the prose is just gutting for anyone who has been or is a fat girl Awad gets everything right and throughout these interconnected stories reveals how absurd our culture is about women and their bodies Several sections had me in tears The challenge is the second half of the book when the main character Liz loses weight Awad again gets this right the challenges of going from fat to skinny the pressures the self obsession and the warped outlook but the story becomes utterly stagnant and so much is left unexplored Nonetheless I highly recommend this one Encounters with Rauschenberg up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga aka Mississauga Lizzie has never liked the way she looks even though her best friend Mel says she’s the pretty one She starts dating guys online but she’s afraid to send pictures even when her skinny friend China does her makeup she knows no one would want her if they could really see her So she starts to lose With punishing d. This starts out so strong and so much of the prose is just gutting for anyone who has been or is a fat girl Awad gets everything right and throughout these interconnected stories reveals how absurd our culture is about women and their bodies Several sections had me in tears The challenge is the second half of the book when the main character Liz loses weight Awad again gets this right the challenges of going from fat to skinny the pressures the self obsession and the warped outlook but the story becomes Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries utterly stagnant and so much is left Engendering Song unexplored Nonetheless I highly recommend this one

REVIEW 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Rive she counts almonds consumed miles logged pounds dropped She fights her way into coveted dresses She grows up and gets thin navigating double edged validation from her mother her friends her husband her reflection in the mirror But no matter how much she loses will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl In her brilliant hilarious and at times shocking debu. The cover of this book is BRILLIANT and I didn t realize what I was looking at until I finished Just as the main character moves between fat and not fat in the thirteen different sections of the book the word fat in the title has been partially erased Brilliant brilliant brilliant Why Being fat as a girl or woman is a heavy weight in our society pun intended the assumption people make that fatness is the same as stupidity worthlessness lesser we all do not want to believe it is there but it is central So anyone who feels fat regardless of facts is confronted with constant verbal and non verbal messages from others but even worse from the inner dialogue the one that has internalized the societal view of beauty and is every person s worst critic The central character of Elizabeth who changes names as she changes size Lizzie Beth etc moves through life experiencing many of the aspects of this experience relationships with inappropriate men not knowing if they are just using her the pride coming from a family member once the weight is lost not realizing it wasn t there before the anger from controlling your diet the obsession of all of this and how losing the weight doesn t get rid of the negative feelings It s all there It s honest and imperfect the way life is Almost uncomfortably so I would recommend this to every person who wants to see inside and maybe gain a little empathy But it isn t a lesson book and I don t want anyone reading this review to get that impression Elizabeth doesn t figure it out and move on with her life this entire issue taints her life no matter her size That s as close to reality as I ve ever seen but it s not necessarily encouraging or upliftingThis is the author s first novel I can t wait to see what she does next I received a copy of this from the Penguin First Flights program through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Planet of the Bugs up and gets thin navigating double edged validation from her mother her friends her husband her reflection in the mirror But no matter how much she loses will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl In her brilliant hilarious and at times shocking debu. The cover of this book is BRILLIANT and I didn t realize what I was looking at Fishes of the Open Ocean until I finished Just as the main character moves between fat and not fat in the thirteen different sections of the book the word fat in the title has been partially erased Brilliant brilliant brilliant Why Being fat as a girl or woman is a heavy weight in our society pun intended the assumption people make that fatness is the same as stupidity worthlessness lesser we all do not want to believe it is there but it is central So anyone who feels fat regardless of facts is confronted with constant verbal and non verbal messages from others but even worse from the inner dialogue the one that has internalized the societal view of beauty and is every person s worst critic The central character of Elizabeth who changes names as she changes size Lizzie Beth etc moves through life experiencing many of the aspects of this experience relationships with inappropriate men not knowing if they are just Out of Bounds (Boundaries, using her the pride coming from a family member once the weight is lost not realizing it wasn t there before the anger from controlling your diet the obsession of all of this and how losing the weight doesn t get rid of the negative feelings It s all there It s honest and imperfect the way life is Almost Grass, Sky, Song uncomfortably so I would recommend this to every person who wants to see inside and maybe gain a little empathy But it isn t a lesson book and I don t want anyone reading this review to get that impression Elizabeth doesn t figure it out and move on with her life this entire issue taints her life no matter her size That s as close to reality as I ve ever seen but it s not necessarily encouraging or Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos upliftingThis is the author s first novel I can t wait to see what she does next I received a copy of this from the Penguin First Flights program through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

  1. says:

    This starts out so strong and so much of the prose is just gutting for anyone who has been or is a fat girl Awa

  2. says:

    I really really really disliked this book I uit about halfway through it because I just couldn't take it any As a big girl I feel invested in how people portray overweight women in the media And I just couldn't handle how stereotyp

  3. says:

    “13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl” consists of thirteen vignettes that are mostly narrated by Lizzie the “f

  4. says:

    Well that was NOTHING like I expected I didn't know anything about this one going into it From the first few pages the shocking and graphic content had me speeding through the chapters disliking ElizabethLizBeth depends on the point in time until the very last page where I actually just felt so sorry for her She goes from an obese

  5. says:

    From the reviews and accolades that I've read about this book I was expecting a light hearted 'Bridget Jones type' read with funny bits a uirky protagonist and a good overall message about weight and learning to love oneself

  6. says:

    The cover of this book is BRILLIANT and I didn't realize what I was looking at until I finished Just as the main character moves betwe

  7. says:

    Find all of my reviews at this title rings a bell to you Or at minimum you are someone with a decent memory beca

  8. says:

    Awad seems to have written this book to capture every single negative stereotype about women of all sizes in one fell swoop fat women are all bitter unhealthy maladjusted try hards; thin women are all vapid or bitchy or vapid and bitchy; those in between are frumpy unattractive pathetic things that are barely worth mentioning To try and better yourself is pathetic and senseless according to Awad but to accept yourself and let yo

  9. says:

    This book was absolutely nothing like I expected it to be I'm not sure what exactly I was hoping to read but it certainly

  10. says:

    There's a lot of truth in this book like it or not but I did not find it hilarious nor did I find Lizzie lovableIn this time of almost viral fat shaming and girls and women obsessed with body image it is certainly relevant to tell a story of one whose entire life has been defined by her weight and self loathingIt was just such a dark read though perhaps worthwhile for some needing to take a closer look at how they see themselves and others

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