Fattie Gossip

Resources and discussions for overweight women

“Bright Lights, Big Ass” September 15, 2007

Filed under: Books — FattieGossip @ 8:22 pm

“Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl’s Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me?” by Jen Lancaster

(Jen is on the right)

Jen Lancaster is truly a beautiful woman, who happens to also be on the curvier side. She has a way of being brutally honest, and a bit facetious (okay, VERY facetious), but too hilarious to find it insulting. You’ll find she’s (sometimes scarily) easy to relate to, and someone you’d love to be friends with.

If curse words and being politically incorrect offends you, I do NOT recommend you read her books. Otherwise, hunt her books down and be prepared to laugh out loud!

She also has her own blogging site called Jennsylvania , and of course has jumped on the myspace bandwagon found here.

And not that I’m bias or anything, but the fact that another of my favorite author’s, being that of Jennifer Weiner who wrote Good in Bed , praises her work, is all the more reason for you to check her out and quickly realize you’re definitely a Jen Lancaster fan!



Jemima J: A Novel about Ugly Ducklings and Swans May 18, 2007

Filed under: Books — FattieGossip @ 2:53 pm

Jemima J: A Novel About Ugle Ducklings and Swans written by Jane Green, is about an unhappy, dissatisfied overweight woman, whose weight seems to prevent her from getting the deserving promotion, and getting the date with the man she’s crushing on. Jemima decides to join an online dating site in hopes of love, where she provides a doctored “skinny” photo (encouraged to do so by her “friend”) to hunky LA gym owner Brad. She begins on her makeover venture with strict dieting, joining a gym, becoming blonde, and meeting Brad…

The thing about this novel is that it’s chock full of stereotypes and discrimination. The novel pushes on us, that we are to be sympathetic for fat Jemima, and hate the beautiful skinny people in the book. Then, we see Jemima have a transformation outside, and now her life is all of the sudden falling into place being that she’s skinny and beautiful. Meanwhile, the transformation of her inside is severely lacking. Instead of seeing a woman who is motivated to improve her self-image and self-love, we see a woman falling victim to society’s ideal of beauty…

Anyone read this novel? What are your thoughts?


True Love (and other lies)

Filed under: Books — FattieGossip @ 4:31 am

 true love

True Love (and other lies) is also in the chick-lit genre, written by Whitney Gaskell. Here we find travel writer Claire Spencer, who’s given up on the idea of love and fairytale romance, falling for the sexy man named Jack sitting next to her on a plane ride to London.  Jack asks her out, and Claire  is determined to answer the question, “what’s the catch?” unable to accept someone so handsome would ask a plus-size woman out.

While in London for a traveling article, Claire makes sure to take advanatage of the trip visiting her oh-so-perfect and beautiful best friend Maddy. Claire visits Maddy, only to find out that she’s for the first time experiencing heart break. The story becomes addicting as we soon find out, Maddy’s recent dumper, is none other than Jack, the man who asked out Claire while on the plane. Does Claire continue to see Jack, the man of her dreams, or resist betraying her best friend?


Good In Bed (the book!)

Filed under: Books — FattieGossip @ 4:11 am

 Good in Bed

Good in Bed is a chick-lit written by Jennifer Weiner (author of In Her Shoes, turned movie starring Cameron Diaz), with a fiesty and humorous full-figured protagonist.

The story surrounds 28 year old protagonist Cannie taking a break from her boyfriend misinterpreted as a complete break-up, who becomes the author of the “Good in Bed” column for a women’s magazine. To the shock and humilition of Cannie, the column is about their past relationship and how “Loving a larger woman is an act of courage in our world.” We follow Cannie’s ability to deal with issues such as her mother coming out as a lesbian, body image, moving forward in her career, and maturing into a woman.

The writing is witty, light, and funny, and Cannie is created as someone we can realistically connect with and relate to. Definitely a great read!