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Subject: big girls
Date Posted: 3/27/2008 1:46 AM ET
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I am looking for books with big girls as the main character. They seem harder to find. Any ideas?

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 10:09 AM ET
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jennifer weiner's book 'good in bed' is about a big girl. this is one of my favorite books of all time. :)

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 10:42 AM ET
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well my computer screwed up and lost my post...sigh..

Heather Wells 'mysteries' by Meg Cabot - size 12 is not fat, size 14 is not fat etiher, and big boned. I loved these and I dont' think she's big but that's my opinion!

He Loves Lucy - susan donovan - more romance genre than chick lit but good story

conversations with the fat girl - just read this and it was good ; not super great and a bit slow in places, esp the beginning but I liked it overall

Miss Invisible - laura jensen walker-christian chick lit but not preachy and very good IMO

the next big thing- haven't read this yet , in my TBR pile(s)

Bet Me - Jennifer Cruisie - romance again but hilarious. lots of side characters but story was great!

ETA: Jemima J was one of the first I read after reading about it here..

ETA again! Corset Diaries by katie macalister is hilarious too but is romance and fairly 'descriptive' but funny as can be!

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Date Posted: 3/27/2008 6:01 PM ET
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Big Girls Don't Cry by Cathie Linz

I didn't care for it, but other people liked it, so you might want to give it a try. :)

Alternate Beauty by Andrea Rains Waggener

A whimisical fantasy about a plus size girl in a world where being fat is considered beautiful and it's the skinny people who are ridiculed. I liked it, actually more than I thought I would.:)

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Date Posted: 3/29/2008 8:40 PM ET
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Hi Susanna and Jennifer-figured I'd find you both here!


Susanna posted all my ideas! I'll see if I can think of any others later...



Date Posted: 3/30/2008 5:01 AM ET
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hee hee..got almost all of them from you Sherry! :-)

Date Posted: 3/31/2008 10:26 AM ET
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I don't know if it qualifies as chick lit, but there's Wake Up, I'm Fat by Camryn Manheim

Subject: yup
Date Posted: 5/23/2008 11:11 PM ET
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Bet me is awesome!

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 10:12 PM ET
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This isn't really chick lit, but I LOL continually when reading anything by Laurie Nataro. I have a couple of her's to read right  now. Oh and she herself is not a thin mint, and is not shy about talking about the trials of being a big girl as well as the fun and funny!

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 3:40 PM ET
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i read fat girls in lawn chairs which was good, but it was a while ago i cant remember who wrote it  Phat girls rule, fat bottom girls you make the rockin world go round !!

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 10:01 AM ET
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i am in the middle of reading fat girls in lawn chairs right now and it is by cheryl peck.

Subject: Just read two
Date Posted: 5/27/2008 11:03 PM ET
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Check out Jenn Lancaster's Books. Read one and halfway throught the second. Have the third on hold at the bookstore. Her first one is Bitter is the New Black Funny as hell. :)

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 3:00 PM ET
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You might also enjoy Five Fortunes by Beth Gutcheon.  It's a story of 5 women that meet at a "fat" camp.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 2:09 PM ET
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Try "Real Women Don't Wear Size 2"  I love it!! 

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 1:49 PM ET
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Try Meg Cabot's Size 12 is not fat, Size 14 is not fat either and Big Boned

Subject: Some light, but not lite, reading...
Date Posted: 6/30/2008 12:20 PM ET
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I'm always surprised and happy to find female characters that don't look like Lara Croft, Tomb Raider.

I'm going to suggest Katie McAllister's contemporary books. While I'm a huge fan of her series, the contemporary novels seem to have more realistic characters.

The key one would be 'The Corset Diaries', but also good are 'Hard Day's Knight', and 'Men in Kilts'. McAllister's got a great wit that's really enjoyable.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 11:07 PM ET
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At one time I had a whole list of books with Plus Size Heroines. I will see if I can dig it up again.

Here it is: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=7523&l=25&ls=0

Also if you use the search feature in the forums and search by Plus Size in the Subject only, it pulls up a few other threads.

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Date Posted: 8/17/2008 10:16 PM ET
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Jemima J is a very good book about a big girl.

I also enjoy Jen Lancaster, she wrote Bitter is the New Black and Such a Lovely Fat.  She is hilarious!




Date Posted: 8/18/2008 2:53 PM ET
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Jen Lancaster is WONDERFUL. I seriously want to kidnap her and lock her in my closet, she is that hilarious!

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 11:30 AM ET
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I totally agree with you Colleen. I LURVE Jen Lancaster. I have never laughed so hard. Every book I read gets reposted to swap, but her books are the only ones I plan on purchasing to keep (and read over and over).

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 1:43 PM ET
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I adore Jen Lancaster - so is a must.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 3:40 PM ET
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I have 3 listed. Check it out. They were pretty good books too.