I was not impressed with this book at all. The author was extremely pessimistic about everyone and everything throughout the whole book. It was almost like she hated everyone that was thinner than she was because she was jealous. But on the same note she hated everyone that was fat because she "didn't want to be infected with their disease." I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. It was packed with negative comments and information that I don't need to know about the author like how she needs to shave her pubic hair or "beard" as she calls it. There was really no "turning point" in this book where the author "found her self" so I don't even understand how she came up with the title. Don't waste your time on this one.
What a great retelling of a woman's struggle to become the "new" her - she finds joy in things that many of us overlook. Her life was not all "happily ever after" once she lost weight either. This woman is real, raw, and worth reading!
I got half way through the book and just couldn't seem to finish it - it seemed somewhat humorous in the beginning but I just couldn't get into it for some reason. Seemed like a fun book to read but it could have been the mood(s) I was in at the time I would read it.
Fast reading...even if you only have mild weight issues, you will admire Kuffel's ability to put words to the feelings and to crystallize the daily experiences of one who is "too big". The book is inspirational; however, I was disappointed to find on further research that Kuffel is now writing a book about weight-loss relapse.
Frances Kuffel has a way with words. Her writing is wonderful....even if the story isn't always. The book made me cheer for her - I hope she is doing more than just ok now. If she ever writes another book, I'd want to read it.
Julie D. reviewed Passing for Thin: Losing Half My Weight and Finding My Self on
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This book deals with the author's emotional struggles as she rapidly loses weight with the support of a group similar to Alcoholic Anonymous. Obese for much of her life, Frances is unable to believe she is beautiful or worthy or deserving. Little by little she is able to see value in herself. This is not a book on how to lose weight, as some might expect. Rather, it is an honest look at the insecurities and struggles of a formerly obese person as she achieves the body she thought she always wanted.
I was so excited to read this book but was extremly disappointed. I'm not sure what I expected. I never really connected with the author. I found her to be annoyingly pesimistic over and over again in her thinking and that just drove me nuts. I got a little over half-way through and just gave up. Very disappointing read.
I almost quit reading this book after the first few chapters. Her descriptions of how obsessed she was with food and how much she ate was turning my stomach. She is a deeply unhappy person who was using food as a drug and companion. I was surprised by how brutally honest she was. It's about a person who spent so much money and time eating that she didn't know how to be a healthy adult. This is not a book about happily ever after, but about a woman discovering what she can do with her talents without her body getting in the way.