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The Next Big Thing
The Next Big Thing
Author: Johanna Edwards
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ISBN-13: 9780425200285
ISBN-10: 0425200280
Publication Date: 3/1/2005
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 337 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 14
A fantastic book that I had to make myself put down in order to get a couple of hours sleep, then I woke up early just to read more! It is a funny and sometimes painful book about an overweight woman who becomes a contestant on a reality show called Fat to Fabulous. This book is a really truthful fictionalized account of being fat in a society that loves thin. An excellent read...5 stars!
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Helpful Score: 11
The Next Big Thing was actually better than I expected it to be. My friend, being a little overweight, bought the book and read it and then told me about it saying that "it wasn't as good as she expected, but go ahead and give it a try". So I did and I loved it! It was great! I really got into it and couldn't put it down once I started. It has a great ending and a very easy-to-relate-to main character. Loved it!
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Helpful Score: 8
I thought this was a very fun and entertaining book. For a former "chubby" girl who was working to loose weight and keep it off... it reminded me that no matter what size I could keep my chin up :D
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Helpful Score: 6
I enjoyed this book...there was a good mix of likeable and unlikeable characters...and there was always the feeling that something was going to happen to the main character so it kept me interested. I would say it's a good pick for those who like Weiner or Weisberger chick lit.
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Helpful Score: 6
Funny and touching story of a size 18 woman in love with a man she met online - who thinks she's a size four. When offered a chance to lose weight on a nationally-aired reality show, she jumps at the chance.

I loved the way the authors hooked us in to the female characters. They were richly drawn and a delight to follow. I'd read more from this author.
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Helpful Score: 4
It was a great chick-lit type of book if you like Jennifer Weiners books then you will love this one it's along the same line.
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Helpful Score: 4
Good book! I enjoyed the "inside" story of a reality show. It was interesting to see how the public perceived Kat, which is not what she expected at all. Better than typical chick lit, a lesson for us all about misconceptions and expectations concerning weight.
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Helpful Score: 3
a quick, cute read about a fat girl who becomes a contestant on a reality tv show - "from fat to fabulous". in the end she realizes that her weight was the least of her prollems, yet it took her loosing a few pounds to realize that she could no longer blame her weight for her lifes problems.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book will make you laugh out loud, especially if you have ever gotten sucked into the reality tv shows. . . Kat is a contestant on a show called "from fat to fabulus".
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Helpful Score: 3
This a new author for me. I enjoyed the book a LOT! I could relate to some of what the main character was going through. It had some surprisings twists and turns, which I also like in a book. Nice quick read.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a fun and fast read. I love the weight loss reality shows and I really liked this book. I'm not sure how close to "reality" this book is, but I have to bet it's close.

Imagine living with a camera in your face 24/7 while trying to lose weight AND live with strangers. And throw in a good dose of personal relationship ups and downs, parent/child communication (or lack of) and some horrible betrayals - and you've got a pretty wild ride.

I never wanted to be a contestant on a reality TV show, and this book just confirms my stand! But it was fun to live through vicariously and this book was a wonderful, fun story.
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Helpful Score: 1
If you're addicted to reality tv - you'll love this one. It's hilarious! I couldn't put it down!
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Helpful Score: 1
More "chick lit" than romance, presents the evolution of 27 year old perenially overweight woman who enters a reality show contest, "Fat to Fabuous". Well done.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very cute, entertaining book especially if you are a fan of reality tv.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is an easy and great read. I had fun reading this book and laughed all the way thru it.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was a lot fun and an easy read.
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this book. It is a very quick read and the plot focuses on plus-sized girl going on a reality show to win over a guy she met on the internet. Fun story, easy to read.
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This was a fun and quick read!
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Helpful Score: 1
Loved it! Pretty far out there, but highly entertaining.
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Helpful Score: 1
Well written and highly enjoyable even if it was a little bit predictable. "Kat the Brat" you rock!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a very funny, engaging, yet light read. I enjoyed it from cover to cover, and so will you, especially if you enjoy reality shows.
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Helpful Score: 1
Really liked this - very entertaining and funny. About a reality show where the contestants try to lose weight. We get a pretty good idea of the ups and downs thru the main character, Kat. Shows the diversity of women dealing with their own feelings about their weight issues, plus society's hang-ups. Kat finds out that her problems have less to do with her size and more to do with her attitude. Kat reminded me of Bridget Jones - if you liked that book you'll like this too.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very cute and light read. It's about a girl who goes on a reality tv show called From Fat to Fabulous.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is the first book by Johanna Edwards and I devoured the book! It was wonderful and about time that the big girl wins out in the end! MUST READ!
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. While the ending seemed a little bit of a cop out to me, I still got pleasure from reading it. It is a very fast read - I got through it in two days.
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This is a great book! I could not put it down and read it in two days. I highly recommend.
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Helpful Score: 1
Johanna Edwards is really in touch with the "big" girl in her main character Kat. I loved reading this and breezed through it very quickly!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Fun chick lit! Very enjoyable, light read.
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Helpful Score: 1
A woman goes on a reality TV show called "Fat to Fabulous" in order to lose weight so she can meet her internet boyfriend who thinks she is a size 4 (she is really a size 18).

Book is very cute and a quick read. I felt like I got the inside scoop behind reality TV shows. I really enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this book with an 'overweight' main character. Cute premise,engaging and well worth the read.

I will read more by Johanna Edwards.
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Helpful Score: 1
Decent chick lit. It kept me interested throughout the whole book. I really enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 1
I really like reality TV so I enjoyed this book immensely. It was like reading instead of watching Big Brother.
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Helpful Score: 1
very cute book about an overweight girl who goes on a reality show to lose her weight. fast read
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Helpful Score: 1
Bridget Jones meets The Biggest Loser, Absolutely loved it! Highly recommend!
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Helpful Score: 1
Love this book! Everyone who has ever had body issues should read this!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is my first comical read by this writer. I liked the style of the book, light reading.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great Read, good summer beach reach.
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Helpful Score: 1
very cute book! "larger" women and reality tv...great read!
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I absolutely LOVE this book!!!! Kat is a character that you can relate with and also really like. I give this book a definite 2 thumbs way up!!!!
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This is a fun book about a girl that goes on reality TV. Very fitting for the age when more than half the shows on TV are reality shows.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is pretty hilarious! It was wonderfully written. I started reading it before I went to bed one night and stayed up to finish it the same night! Although some of it seemed a little far-fetched, it was a great book and definitely worth the read.
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I loved this book! A few parts seemed to slow it down for me but overall it was a very light, easy read...I read it in one day :)
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Helpful Score: 1
I was very surprised by how much I loved this book, and how good it was. Recommended!
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Helpful Score: 1
Kat Larson, for me, had moment of feeling a bond with her and then there were monets where I wanted to tell her to grow-up. Even so, I still enjoyed the book and thought it was a fun read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great read, Really funny!
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Basic chick lit and lots of fun.
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Great chick lit; a very quick, fun read
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I really enjoyed this exploration of the plus sized woman's plight as well as the reality TV setting. Very satisfying ending.
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Helpful Score: 1
If you enjoy a quick read that's fun, then this is one for your bookshelf. It's a light read about a girl who's willing to put herself onto a reality show so she can lose the weight she's been carrying around. Perfect beach book!
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved loved this book it is a great story about accepting oneself as they are
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If you are a fan of reality shows, then you will love this book.
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The book was an easy read...read it in 2 days, however I kept waiting for the next big thing to happen and always felt disappointed. I imagined the contest itself being more dramatic in some fashion...it was okay....
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It was a light read...The usual predicatable chick lit...but a great book to take to the beach.
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This book sat on my TBR pile for months. I wish I had read it earlier. I loved it and read the 1st 100 pages in one night and finished the book the next day. After reading this book I had to see if the author wrote anything else. It was that good. Some of the other reviews really sum up how great the book is. It gives you a peak into what reality tv can look like to the contestants, the families back home etc. I think the best part was the author used the reality tv idea to really speak out but not sound preachy. She let her character do the talking about fat, body image, food, clothing.
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I really enjoyed this book. Seeing the inner workings of a reality show, Kat's thoughts about dealing with weight issues, and the twisty turvy plot line with Kat's love life, all kept me thoroughly entertained. It reminded me of a Jennifer Weiner type of book.
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A fun book about reality shows. The main character finds herself by becoming a contestant on a reality show - From Fat to Fabulous. She thinks she will have the perfect life if only she were thin. Of course, that isn't the truth which she discovers along the way. Very fun to read.
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I found this to be a very cute story. If you love reality TV shows, you will find this book very entertaining and fun to read.
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It was good, but a little predictable.
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Really liked this book, its nice to see a story around a plus size person, and they actually get a HEA.
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Funny from the get go- a character most women will relate to, fun easy read.
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I had a hard time getting into this book. But once I got through the first part, I really enjoyed it. Really light reading
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Hard to like the main character, but a quick and often amusing story about a reality show contestant.
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I loved this book.It was a cute and fast read.I could not put the book down.
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I could not put this book down! Funny, great read!
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I bought this book because it was recommended by Jennifer Weiner, one of my favorite authors. It was great.
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I liked this book. Couldn't wait to find out the ending.
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Fun, fast read...a must read for anyone that loves Reality TV!!!
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This was a fun read! It was like reading a reality TV show, and I was sucked in.
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Fun take on reality shows!
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A FUN READ
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Quick read, and not as predictable as the average chick lit book!
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This was a good, fast chick lit book. I really enjoyed it.
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A good, quick read.
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A funny story about a plus sized young woman who decides to apply for a spot on the From Fat to Fabulous reality show so that when she meets the online love of her life she will look as fabulous as she described herself. This is a first book and Johanna Edwards is not as smooth as Marian Keyesor other more experienced writers, it's still a good light read.
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I enjoyed this book; fast read.
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Great easy read!
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Cute, modern story of a woman's experience on a reality TV weight loss show.
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This book will leave you wanting to read more from this author.
I could hardly put it down.
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While the book's general theme of "fat acceptance" was sometimes a little too insistent, this book was an easy, enjoyable read.
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While the main character's single-minded bitterness about fat acceptance got a little old at times, this book was an quick and enjoyable read.
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I could not put this book down, perfect for the reality tv fan.
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Great read! I couldn't put it down. I found it funny and engaging.
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Funny read for anyone that is in to reality tv shows.
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A reality show called From Fat to Fabulous, kind of like survivor, it was a fun read. If ever you were overweight you can relate to most everything in this book
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Kat Larson figured she had nothing to lose by becoming a contestant on the new reality show From Fat to Fabulous-except maybe a few dozen pounds. Then she'd finally be able to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Nick, the British hunk she met online, who still thinks she's a size four. She'd finally be confident and graceful and thin-and there's that big cash prize, too, to pay for all those slinky new clothes she'd need. She'd finally have the perfect life.
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Good chick lit story.
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Pretty good chick lit.
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From Booklist:
It's a plot torn from the pages of TV Guide: six overweight women live in a house of temptations and compete to see who loses the most weight. But it's far more satisfying than your average prime-time fare. The main character, Kat, always believed that life begins when you're thin. When her best friend, Donna, reads about a casting call for "From Fat to Fabulous," Kat decides she has nothing to lose but her belly. Of course, fame comes with a price. The tabloids dub her "Kat the Brat," and the show's surprise guest, her online boyfriend, dumps her on national television. Not to despair, however; Kat's story does have a happy ending. Edwards addresses image issues with wit and candor, and what's most refreshing is that losing weight doesn't make Kat's life perfect. Fans of Jennifer Weiner's realistic female protagonists will find a new favorite here. --Aleksandra Kostovski


Jennifer Weiner: "A fresh, funny treat for anyone with a weakness for dishy desserts or reality TV."
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good book