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Fat Girl : A True Story
Fat Girl A True Story
Author: Judith Moore
For anyone who has ever had a love/hate relationship with food or how they look, Fat Girl is a brilliantly rendered, angst-filled coming-of-age story of gain and loss. From the lush descriptions of food that call to mind the writings of M.F.K. Fisher at her finest, to the heartbreaking accounts of Moore?s deep longing for family and a sense of b...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780452285859
ISBN-10: 0452285852
Publication Date: 2/28/2006
Pages: 196
Rating:
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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2.9 stars, based on 159 ratings
Publisher: Plume
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Fat Girl : A True Story on + 51 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 14
I did not like this book. I initially was interested in reading it because I felt like I could relate - I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember, and I went through all the teasing and whatnot as a child.

However, I never had such a hopeless and negative attitude as the author does. She does not appear to like herself, or anyone else, for that matter. She blames her fatness on the situation she was in, a poor family life, etc. I did feel sorry for her as a child, as children don't always have the means to change their life or the situation they are in. But I can't feel sorry for adults who don't like who they are, but don't take steps to make changes.
KristinF avatar reviewed Fat Girl : A True Story on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
This story was rather sad. It reads like it's the authors journal. It provides some insight into a sad life of a young girl who is both abused mentally and physically. Her mother neglects her over all health and then punishes her for being overweight. The author is on a quest for love and acceptance that she doesn't seem to find. A short book to read and a tug at the heartstrings. It does remind you to be very careful what you say and don't say to a child.
Bonnie avatar reviewed Fat Girl : A True Story on + 387 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
There was not a redeeming, or cheerful, or nice sentence in this book up to the point I read it. I found the book so demeaning to the author that I could not go beyond the first 4 chapters. Brutally honest? Yes. But I felt she showed herself not one damn iota of self-respect. This book turned my stomach as I read.
reviewed Fat Girl : A True Story on + 19 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
I was expecting this to be a light hearted memoir, but it was a serious look at weight issues and their impact.
reviewed Fat Girl : A True Story on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
Not at all what I expected but a really harsh and powerful look at growing up overweight. I really liked how honest this book was and I know I will be thinking about it for a long time.
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janetg avatar reviewed Fat Girl : A True Story on + 14 more book reviews
Judith grew up to be a smart and accomplished writer and editor as well as a great lover of literature and words. Her childhood was forlorn, neglectful, and messy, and the way she ended up, as an adult, is very affirming, though she continued to have problems with food and in her relations with others.

I have to stand up for this book. I really liked the author, and after reading her book, I felt that I genuinely knew her - this author seems to have written what was in her mind as she discussed her life and her experiences. While she is reflective, she does not intellectualize, nor does she attempt to "persuade" or "uplift." I loved the book, and I loved the author's telling of her story, and I think I'd love to be in her company.
reviewed Fat Girl : A True Story on
Pretty quick read. I really enjoyed the fast pace and peeking into the authors' childhood.
libertybellepa avatar reviewed Fat Girl : A True Story on + 35 more book reviews
one womans story about growing up fat
mygraymorning avatar reviewed Fat Girl : A True Story on + 62 more book reviews
This is an intense read. I loved the realistic and brutal self honesty. Chapter 1 features one of the greatest opening lines ever.
Honkyourownhorn avatar reviewed Fat Girl : A True Story on
Wow! Interesting book. If you thought you had it bad being chubby, fat or obese...this female sure takes it a step further. The poor thing had a seriously bad self image...just plain ugly. The main thought on my mind after reading this book was Dang! At least I'm cute!
short-angry14 avatar reviewed Fat Girl : A True Story on + 79 more book reviews
Only read about 25 pages of this book and promptly wanted to slit my wrists in a warm bath. OMG this woman needs therapy!! Never, ever read something so completely negative and depressing. I hope like Hell Judith Moore used the money she made from this book to get herself a good Psychiatrist. She needs one!!
reviewed Fat Girl : A True Story on + 50 more book reviews
"Judith Moore grabs the reader by the collar, and shakes up our notion of life in the fat lane."
An honest, gripping account of growing up fat, within a family who abhorred it.
iluvlibros avatar reviewed Fat Girl : A True Story on + 73 more book reviews
Throughout the whole book, I kept wondering what the point of it was. We kept hearing about how "fat" she was, but I couldn't figure out what she was trying to accomplish through her stories. In that sense, the book was a bit frustrating. I didn't mind the negative tone . . in fact, it was a bit of a refreshing change from the overly optimistic novels. And her childhood was indeed interesting and heartbreaking. So overall, I enjoyed reading it, but it definitely was not one of my favorites.


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