Fat Girl A True Story Author:Judith Moore A nonfiction She's Come Undone,Fat Girl is a powerfully honest and compulsively readable memoir of obsession with food, and with one's body, penned by a Guggenheim and NEA award-winning writer. — For any woman who has ever had a love/hate relationship with food and with how she looks; for anyone who has knowingly or unconsciously u... more »sed food to try to fill the hole in his heart or soothe the craggy edges of his psyche, 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 a family and a sense of belonging and love, Fat Girl stuns and shocks, saddens and tickles.« less
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.