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Subject: Chic lit books that have plus size characters or deal with dieting...
Date Posted: 9/16/2007 3:11 PM ET
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Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a great September! :)

I was wondering if any of you knew of any chic lit books that have plus size characters or have the main character dieting or getting fit? Or books that have the plus size character learning how to be comfortable in her own skin?

The ones I do know of  are:

Jemima J by Jane Green

Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

The Next Big Thing by Johanna Edwards

Fat Chance by Deborah Blumenthal

Do you know any others? :)

thanks so much!



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Date Posted: 9/16/2007 3:17 PM ET
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Have you read Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot? But I don't think she diets in the book. I can't remember. But, it's a good book. lol

 

 

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 3:33 PM ET
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Miss Invisible by Laura Jensen Walker is a good one as well

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 6:18 PM ET
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thanks for the recommendations!

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 9:08 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Conversations With the Fat Girl.  I can't remember the name of the author.  I already sent it out to someone on PBS.

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 10:29 PM ET
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Thanks Mary, I forgot to add that to my list but I have already read that one and I really liked it too! :)

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 10:34 PM ET
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here's some more titles:

 

http://chicklitbooks.com/sub-genres/bigger-girl-lit/

 

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 11:05 PM ET
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thats a great link- thanks so much! :)

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 12:08 AM ET
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I liked 'he loves lucy' by susan donovan..it's more 'romance' but she and a personal trainer are working to help her lose a lot of weight so they both get the money they need. They have some romance but it's a lot about her dealing with some issues and getting past that and wanting something badly enough.

Meg Cabot's size 12 is not fat and size 14 is not fat either are good books and she's overweight but not really dieting..don't thinks he diets at all though she does at least 'think' about the calories LOL! I really liked these 2 books and am waiting for 'big boned' to come out.



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Date Posted: 9/17/2007 9:06 AM ET
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I just saw that this person:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/members_books.php?m=OTUyMDU=

is doing a 2-for-1 on her shelf in the book bazaar, and one of the books called "Every Inch of Her" looked like something along these lines.

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 2:19 AM ET
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thanks Lisa! :)

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 10:02 AM ET
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Lynne Murray's Plus sized Sleuth series

Larger Than Death (Josephine Fuller Mystery)

Large Target

At Large



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Date Posted: 9/18/2007 2:27 PM ET
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The Cinderella Pact by Sarah Strohmeyer....

: )



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Date Posted: 9/18/2007 4:39 PM ET
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Miss Invisible was GREAT!!!  of course I love to eat and it had lots of good food mentioned through out.

the Cinderella Pact by Sarah Strohmeyer was also a good one

The Meg Cabot books are ok IMHO.

Too Big to Miss by Sue Jaffrain was pretty good (not sure if anyone mentioned that one yet)



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Date Posted: 9/19/2007 2:13 PM ET
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Great topic. I made a note of all these titles.

Date Posted: 9/25/2007 10:21 AM ET
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There is a sequel to Meg Cabot's Size 12 Is Not Fat, I think it is called Size 14 is Not Fat Either.  I loved these two books. 

They are more about becoming comfortable in your own skin than dieting, but they were fun.

There is also a book called Slightly Single and I do not remember the author that deals with weight and dieting and I rolled laughing at this one.  There are follow ups to it as well...One is Slightly Engaged.  I think they are really fun.



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Date Posted: 9/25/2007 7:11 PM ET
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I just finished MIss Invisible and I have to admit I'm impressed and really enjoyed it. I didn't expect to like it since it's from a Christian publisher (which Is something I need to get over since I'm Christian and' know' religion often plays a part in lifechanges, etc but I've had too many with the obvious purpose being to 'be religious' vs being entertaining and informative first) doesn't make sense sorry but I could identify and like this character and parts were pretty funny about the church singles group with basically good cathc and somethng like 'all 17 presbyterian womean had staked their claim'..not sure the exact wording but i was laughing in agreement! and a nice happy ending ot wrap it all up. I'm really tempted to read more of her books after liking htis one so much.

I 2nd the cabot size 12 and size 14 books...hilarious but the character mentions her size and food but isn't overly concerned about it really. I'm gonna buy big boned as soon as it's out(gotta check to make sure I dind't miss it but think it's in december..have so many on m to buy list it's unreal!)

gonna check out slightly single and that mystery series mentioned! anyone here have those on your shelves? (proviiding there are even any in the system!)

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:01 AM ET
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I think I have Slightly Engaged on my shelf, but not Slightly Single.  Enjoy these books...I thought they were really funny.

I am looking forward to Big Boned as well.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:30 PM ET
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I just finish reading a book about a plus size women who lost alot of weight.  It's alittle like Jemima J but it really explores everything that comes with losing so much weight with a added love story.  It was really great.  There is the UK version, and the U.S version.  Both the same book but have different titles and book covers.  I have the UK version its called The Perfect 10, and the U.S. version is called The Perfect Fit: Fat Free Dreams Just Dont Taste the Same.  The author is Louise Kean.

 

Melissa

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 8:35 PM ET
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Real Women Don't Wear Size 2 by Kelley St. John - I just listed it too.  :O)

Date Posted: 9/29/2007 11:37 PM ET
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I would recommend "He Loves Lucy"  by Susan Donovan. Very funny and sweet.

Date Posted: 9/30/2007 6:12 PM ET
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I was just coming to say that I picked up The Perfect Fit today and so far it is teh best plus sized book I've read!!

 

Stacy

Date Posted: 10/11/2007 3:12 AM ET
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These books sound great!

Date Posted: 10/12/2007 3:29 PM ET
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Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie is one of my favorites.

Date Posted: 10/13/2007 2:23 PM ET
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There is also a book by Sherriyn Kenyon...i think's called night play.  It's about a girl named bride and a werehunter named vane.  I thought it was really good.

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