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 »elonging and love, Fat Girl stuns and shocks, saddens and tickles.« less
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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.
There is no point to this book that I can tell. She is describing her perception of her life growing up. There is no effort to change her reality, to make a difference in the world, to help someone else through her experience. This is a very self-centered book and this woman has some major issues with food that even Oprah hasn't covered on her show. Some of the descriptions of food are just plain gross. I seriously doubt that a majority of the people with weight problems would be able to identify with anything in this book.
Well, the author really "tells it like it is" in this heartbreaking memoir. She does not want sympathy, yet it is nearly impossible not to feel sorry for her. Story is very depressing, with a just few moments of hope. I did get a bit weepy once or twice, I'll admit that. FYI -- Some descriptions are kind of gross and shocking. Extremely fast read.
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.