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A size activist is unshakeable in her convictions, right? That's what
"Fat Chance" columnist Maggie O'Leary thought as she championed
well-padded people everywhere, answering their heartbreaking letters
with all the compassion she could muster. But that
was before Hollywood snatched her up and turned her inside out and
receives a phone call from heart throb Mike Taylor she's ready to
dismiss it as a prank played by one of her coworkers. But she learns
that it's the real deal and her once lonely, now star struck
heart leads her to accept a job as Mike's technical advisor, who is in
charge of giving
him the lowdown on food
issues and eating disorders for his role as a diet
Maggie has just two
months before she gets to play tutor to the hunk and is frantic at
the thought of meeting him as her frumpy self. A little
exercising here, eating carefully there, highlights, chin suctioning. It's no big deal, she's just improving on who she is, right?
Once in California, Maggie's head is caught up in the whirlwind of the Tinsel town
high life and her heart
is becoming more and more lost to the
amiable Taylor by the minute. But her readers can feel a
difference in her columns, which increasingly focus on how to eat and
exercise sensibly, and Maggie finally has to face reality when paparazzi pictures of
her posing with the silver screen stud
her cover. The queen of queen-sized now barely rates as the
princess of plump.
So Maggie is in
a quandary. What does she want? Life in a thinner body
with Michael Taylor in
Hollywood? To be large and living in New
York near her aging mother? And while she's agonizing over her
decision, will she
manage to hang on to her column--and her sanity?
What worked for me:
"Fat Chance" has some very clever lines in it. Great humor
writing always gets a point from me.
There were some terrific factoids in this book, some reassuring some
not so reassuring.
Maggie's emotional journey throughout the book really struck a chord
with me, as I expect it will with dieters the world over.
Size-wise Maggie starts out fairly abundant but whittles herself down to
a plush average. Her assistant Tamara is a
confirmed yo-yo dieter. And the Metro editor, Tex, is a delicious BHM
(big handsome man).
What didn't work for me:
I just can't make up my mind if I like the writing style and the
structure of this book or not. The present tense first person
point of view broken up by newspaper articles and interviews was very
interesting to say the least. A new spin on Bridget's diary entries in
a way. But let's face it, combining a how-to-be-healthy-while-large
manual with fiction so that they balance correctly is a monumental
task, and not all readers will find the proportions the author chose was
right for them. Some may want more story and less number
crunching and healthy eating and weight loss tips, and others vice
"Fat Chance" certainly deserves a chance if you enjoy
chick lit, but if you can't stomach the idea of watching the
heroine go on a diet you may want to give it a pass.
Warning: there are some coarse words,
weight loss, and brief discussions of eating disorders.
If you liked
"Fat Chance" you might also enjoy
"Love at Large", "The Way It
Is", "Waking Beauty",
"The Fat Friend", "All of
High Price of a Good Man", "Good in Bed",
"Jemima J.", "Sisterhood Situation",
"Etta Mae's Little Theory", or the
"Odelia Grey" series.
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