13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

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Publisher Description

Winner of the Amazon.ca First Novel Award
Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
Longlisted for the 2017 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour
Longlisted for the 2018 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Mississauga), Lizzie 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 afraid 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 mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl?
 
In her brilliant, hilarious, 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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2016
February 23
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
224
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Canada
SELLER
Penguin Random House Canada
SIZE
1
MB

Customer Reviews

Msam83 ,

Meh

Here’s what I liked about the book
- nostalgic references to growing up in suburban Canada
- the mother daughter relationship

Here’s what I didn’t like:
- no real plot or explanation of how the main character transitioned from chapters in her life
- no sense of connection to any of the characters

Jaceld1234 ,

Terrible.

Would not recommend.

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