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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 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

  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 stereotypical this damn book was Liz is a big girl She's also socially awkward a poor educational achiever and had terrible self esteem She's portrayed as being so desperate for male attention that she doesn't care how badly she's treated and is generally pathetic To be honest this fucking disgusts me I am well aware that there are some overweight ladies who have a LOT of self esteem issues and self hate There are eually a TON of big girls who have fabulous lives loves and careers I'm sick of stories only talking about the women who hate how they look and all the ways being fat fucks up their livesMy own story doesn't include being dumb struggling with school or being socially isolated I've had times where I can't stand how I look in fact I pretty much always wished I looked differently but it hasn't kept me from having real sexual relationships or a career or frankly being able to get laid when I want And there are plenty of ladies out there who are bigger than I am who have smoking hot partners who are totally dedicated to them PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop portraying all fat characters as losers who hate themselves

  3. says:

    “13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl” consists of thirteen vignettes that are mostly narrated by Lizzie the “fat girl” of the title but a few of the stories are about Lizzie from another person’s perspective The first vignette was uncomfortable and disturbing in an icky sort of way – I decided to read one vignette to see where Awad would take LizzieAndthirteen vignettes laterI found this collection to be extremely poignant powerful and memorable I got this from the library but I think I may purchase a copy for myself to reread and fangirl over later Why on earth does this have such low ratings on Goodreads? Lizzie like her mother struggles as a young woman with weight issues Her lack of self esteem is heartbreaking and leads to one cringe worthy situation after another Lizzie manages to shed her weight but becomes obsessed with what she is and isn’t eating She marries Tom and transitions into Beth and then Elizabeth a bitter judgmental woman consumed with her appearance her diet and anger So much anger I suspect women will relate to this book much than men All the burdens society places on women around appearance will feel very real I think women especially understand how obsession with appearance can lead to obsession with food how a lack of self respect can lead to self loathing The tragedy is LizzieBethElizabeth is unhappy from start to finish from fat to thin – just unhappy in a different way She is rarely “likable” but she always made my heart ache for her Even though I haven’t had her exact journey in my life I feel as though I know her in my bonesThe writing is excellent and Lizzie is a character you won’t soon forget If you do pick this up the first vignette may make you uestion whether this book is for you Trust me read the second vignette I dare you to put it down

  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 teenager desperate for attention in forms of online dating and her 40 year old boss to a thin young adult obsessed with food and gravely unhappy I wasn't sure about this book while I was reading it it's uncomfortable to the point where it's not enjoyable It's like an accident and you can't look away You just keep staring and in this case flipping the pages In retrospect however it's pretty darn powerful Anyone that's struggled with body image issues will likely relate to at least one of the thirteen essays taken from different moments in Beth's life The world is a scary place to live for young girls these days And our minds? Even scarier

  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 despite not being a size zeroOthers described the book as 'hilarious' and 'sparkles with wit' but I had a very different experience with Lizzie's journey I actually found Lizzie to be uite sad and depressing There were some rather funny descriptions thrown in throughout the book but overall this was a sad read for me because BethLizzieElizabeth or whatever moniker she's using comes off as an unlikeable sad and lost character that I couldn't relate to By the end of the book I still didn't feel like I knew Lizzie and that was dishearteningIt was hard to like Lizzie Even when she does lose weight she still lets the weight issue control her view of others as well as herself as she continues on her path of self destruction Whether she's fat or thin Lizzie doesn't like herself She will always be in her own mind the fat girl no matter what she calls herself or how much weight she loses which is an interesting look at self esteemweight loss but not an easy one to read I also wasn't fond of the short storyvignette format which isn't alluded to in the book description It took me a bit to figure out that the author was using this brief snap shot format instead of a linear story line and that definitely affected my feelings for the book I also found it hard to determine the time frame for some of the 13 stories that illustrate Lizzie's struggles In one provocative sexual scene I initially thought Lizzie was a tween thankfully she turned out to be older but I didn't get that understanding until much later in that vignette Unfortunately this short story choppier method of storytelling didn't help me feel grounded in the plot and gave the book a disjointed feel that I didn't enjoy Readers get glimpses into Lizzie's life but like I just mentioned there are some rather odd and uncomfortable sexual situations thrown into various stories which I feel took away from the overall message I think the message that obsessing to fit into society's view of what a 'perfect body' isn't the road to happiness is a good one but these provocative sexual scenes happened with freuency than I was comfortable withThis book follows the life of a young woman with severe self image issues What I'll take away from this book is the idea that a happy life and self esteem aren’t a guarantee once you fit into a pair of size 4 jeans You have to be happy with who you are weight be damned Unfortunately I didn't find reading about Lizzy's continued journey of self loathing an enjoyable read Other people may get out of this book but for me this was a missMy Rating 25 starsDisclaimer My sincere thanks to Penguin Canada for providing me with a complimentary paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

  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 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

  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 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 über 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

  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 yourself go is even so There isn't even a point to this Awad isn't telling us anything we don't already know that women can never do right that there is no correct way to exist as Woman without the scrutiny of others and she isn't offering a solution No she's reveling in this miserable pit of a story like Lizzie's mother accuses her of doing with her depression in her teenage years she isn't confronting the way women self objectify themselves perpetuating the male gaze even in the absence of men She isn't confronting the treacherous way women navigate self image under duress in this day and age She isn't confronting the fraught relationships women have with one another I'm sure that's what she intended with this book but what she actually did was simply show us a miserable wretched woman who spends her life hating herself and every woman around her That's itThis is not a funny story There is very very little wit and absolutely no bright spark of humor I don't know what book the reviewers read because it wasn't the one I did the only real saving graces of this book are that it is mercifully short and Awad's prose is smooth enough to rip through uickly If I'd had to spend much longer on this I would have simply put it down

  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 wasn't this The book consists of thirteen chapters and each one is narrated by Lizzie but some of the stories are involving Lizzie The fat girl but are told from another character's perspectiveFrom the onset I knew that I wasn't going to love this book The first chapter was pretty graphic and actually irritated me but I decided to see it through and read on possibly out of sheer disbelief Yes I'm going to rant I do not understand how a fat woman can be portrayed in this book as a underachiever that also suffers from low self esteem and because she is so fat she will attempt to fuck everything in her line of sight This character doesn't care about how badly these so called men treat her and why do you ask? Let me tell you dear reader because she is classed as being fat and there is an ancient and ghastly stigma in society that fat is ultimately a negative aspect of a person as opposed to a slimmer individual This book is so stereotypical I could smell it seeping through the pages I am an individual that couldn't be put in the skinny group and I am successful I enjoy life I'm confident and I have self respect for myself Body shape doesn't define who you are as a person and being fat definitely doesn't make you a dumbass

  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 I don't believe the subject matter should be funny but this was a mega downer with a mean spirited character who was her own worst enemy unable to look beyond the fatBut I'll say it again a lot of truth in the pages which just might help set someone free As a woman I greatly admire once said No one can make you feel inferior without your consent

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