Book Review: 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Author: Mona Awad
Publication Date: 2/23/2016
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Fiction

(Below may contain spoilers)

Review: Body issues have haunted women for ages. As a female who has dealt with her own body shaming  I have to say that Mona’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl hits every single thought I’ve ever had head on and even some I haven’t but ones that I’m sure other women have had. 

Elizabeth, Lizzie or whatever new nickname the main character may choose for her self leads a sad life indeed. Even after losing her weight Elizabeth makes it clear that she still deep down considers herself “the fat girl.” She obsesses over every bite of food and her appearance at every chance she has. Her inability to be happy with herself takes a toll on not just herself but her friendships and marriage. 

At some points I truly feel sorry for Lizzie but the book isn’t all sad no in fact the humor is sly, witty and maybe even for some “dark” but it’s definitely humor that we as women can understand. I found myself sitting back with a glass of wine on multiple occasions chuckling over something Elizabeth did or said. Elizabeth may be a lot of things but she’s undoubtedly, painfully human and may even resemble a version of ourselves we may have known at one point in our lives.

Overall, I loved this author’s work and I’m sure there’s a bit of humor (maybe even relation) for everyone who decides to pick it up!

Source: Public Library 




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