13 Ways of Looking at A Fat Girl

13 Ways of Looking at A Fat Girl

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"Stunning...As you watch Lizzie navigate fraught relationships -- with food, men, girlfriends, her parents and even with herself -- you'll want to grab a friend and say: 'Whoa. This. Exactly.'" -- Washington Post

"A hilarious, heartbreaking book." -- People

Named one of the best books of the year by NPR, The Atlantic, Time Out New York, and The Globe and Mail

Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. 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 drive, 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 debut, 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 fiction.

WINNER OF THE AMAZON CANADA FIRST NOVEL AWARD

FINALIST FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

FINALIST FOR THE COLORADO BOOK AWARD FOR LITERARY FICTION

LONGLISTED FOR THE DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD

ARAB AMERICAN BOOK AWARD HONORABLE MENTION FOR FICTION

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2016 BY ELLE, BUSTLE, AND THE GLOBE AND MAIL

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH BY THE HUFFINGTON POST, BUSTLE AND BOOKRIOT
Publisher: Penguin USA,, 2016.
Edition: Original
ISBN: 9780698408937
0698408934
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda

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JCLBeckyC May 01, 2013

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.


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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January1545
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!

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lizhelboe
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.

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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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