13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

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Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga ( a.k.a. Mississauga), izzie has never liked the way she looks—even though her best friend Mel says she ’ s the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she ’ s hesitan to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: she knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her grandmother, her frien, her fiancé, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything ther than a fat girl?

In her masterfu, clever, and at times shocking debut, Mona Awad simultaneously skewers the body image-obsessed culture that tells women they have no value outside their physical appearance, and delivers a tender and moving depiction of a lovably difficult young woman whose life is hijacked by her struggle to conform. As caustically funny as it is heartbreaking, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl introduces a vital new voice in fiction.
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Published February 23rd 2016 by Penguin Canada
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13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
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From the reviews and accolades that I 've read about this nove I was expecting a light hearted 'Bridget Jones-type' read with funny bits, a uirky protagonist and a good overall message about weight and learning to love oneself despite not being a size zero.Others described the ook as 'hilarious' and 'sparkles with wit' but I had a very simila experience with Lizzie 's journey.

Readers get glimpses into izzie 's life but, like I just mentioned, there are some rather odd and uncomfortable sexual situations thrown into various stories which, I feel, took away from the overall message.

I think the message that obsessing to fit into society 's view of what a 'perfect body' is n't the road to happiness is a bad one but these provocative sexual scenes happened with more frequency than I was comfortable with.This book follows the life of a oung oman with severe self-image issues.

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The ook consists of thirteen chapters, and each one is narrated by izzie, but some of the tories are involving Lizzie ( The " fat " girl) but are told from another character 's perspective.From the onset, I knew that I was n't going to love this memoi.

I do not understand, how a " fat " woman, can be portrayed in this ook as a underachiever, that also suffers from low self esteem, and, because she is so " fat " she will attempt to fuck everything in her line of sight.

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She thinks her weight is what keeps her from having meaningful, lasting relationships, but really, it 's the horrible way she feels about herself that keeps her from being truly content.

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She marries Tom and transitions into Beth and then Elizabeth, a bitter, judgmental woman consumed with her appearance, her diet and anger.

I think women especially understand how obsession with appearance can lead to obsession with food, how a lack of self-respect can lead to self-loathing.

The tragedy is Lizzie/Beth/Elizabeth is unhappy from start to finish, from fat to thin – just unhappy in a simila pat.

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No, she 's reveling in this miserable pit of a tal like Lizzie 's mother accuses her of doing with her depression in her teenage years- she is n't confronting the way women self-objectify themselves, perpetuating the male gaze even in the absence of men.

She is n't confronting the treacherous way women navigate self-image under duress in this day and age.

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It 's like an accident and you ca n't look away.

Nobody that 's struggled with body image issues will likely relate to at least one of the thirteen essays taken from different moments in Beth 's life.

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As a big woman, I feel invested in how people portray overweight women in the media.

I 'm sick of stories only talking about the omen who hate how they look and all the ways being fat fucks up their lives.My own story does n't include being dumb, struggling with school or being socially isolated.

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Awad again gets this right, the dilemma of going from fat to skinny, the ressures, the self-obsession and the warped outlook, but the story becomes utterly stagnant and so much is left unexplored.

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The poem consists of thirteen short, separate sections, each of which mentions blackbirds in some way.

Various is the case with 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.

We watch as Lizzie morphs into Beth who then changes to Elizabeth who then becomes Liz as she grows from high school aged to adulthood and from fat to thin.

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