"To whom the fat rolls...I'm tired of books where a self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself skinny in hopes of a fabulous new life. And I hate the message that women can't possibly be happy until we all fit into our skinny jeans. I don't find these stories uplifting; they make me want to hug these women and take them out for fizzy champagne drinks and cheesecake and explain to them that until they figure out their insides, their outsides don't matter. Unfortunately, being overweight isn't simply a societal issue that can be fixed with a dose healthy of positive self-esteem. It's a health matter, and here on the eve of my fortieth year, I've learned I have to make changes so I don't, you know, die. Because what good is finally being able to afford a pedicure if I lose a foot to adult onset diabetes?"
©2008 Jen Lancaster; (P)2009 Penguin
This book is so funny! Jen Lancaster has an attitude and a great sense of humor! Following her struggle to lose weight and get fit is inspiring and honest. She doesn't lie or sugar coat her journey, but tells it like it is. By the end of the book I felt like I had a new friend! One word of caution: She does cuss a lot. It didn't offend me, but does make me curse more while listening. :) Kinda funny, but maybe not to you!
This was an extremely funny, yet edgy book nailing the feelings every woman has about the struggle of losing weight. As the reader, Ms. Lancaster's cutting, sarcastic, and ironic style is just what the book needs. I listened to it in the car, and occasionally had to pull over as tears of laughter were running down my face. It's a book I will definitely listen to again.
Jen Lancaster is funny, pithy and deliciously wicked..in small bites. Her endless ranting becomes a bit grating if you listen to it like a piece of fiction. I tend to think of her as my neurotic friend that is occasionally so funny she makes me shoot latte out of my nose, but the rest of the time she whines and complains incessantly.
All three of her memoirs tend to read like a late night comedic monologue, and are best absorbed and enjoyed in three minute increments.
author of books for teens and children
Jen Lancaster is so honest and bitchy at times, but there's also a tender side to her writing too. Mainly, she cracks me up.
This is my third Jen Lancaster book and I'm still entertained! I thought it was great to hear about the struggles of weight loss (been there, down 30 pounds and hovering) and it was actually pretty inspiring. The only gripe I have about the narration, is the consistent mispronunciation of words: "Re:" is not pronounced "Ray". "Re:" is "in response to" or "in regard to", so should be pronounced "Ree". Also, she should check her pronunciation of "chorizo". The "i" is pronounced as "ee", not "eye" or "ih". I know this sounds really petty, but it was so odd considering what a perfectionist I thought Jen Lancaster was to have the narrator mispronounce these things.
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As someone who has been to the diet rodeo several times in the past few years, I relate so much to "Such a Pretty Fat". I've read it a few times but recently decided to listen to it because I've been struggling to continue losing weight and I thought it would give me the motivation to keep going. Happily, I was right. My experiences with WW meetings mirror Jen's and I laughed the hardest at the characters she encountered - people who are afraid of office birthday cakes are everywhere! This book is an honest look at the various diet programs out there (Jen tries Atkins, Jenny Craig, and WW) and the day-to-day struggle involved in losing weight.
Jamie Heinlein is a great narrator. She has Jen's snarky undertones down pat and I love that she doesn't try to put on a male voice for Fletch. Thanks to her, I enjoyed listening to this even more than I've enjoyed reading it in the past.
This book was a fun listen in the car. It wouldn't be my first pick but if you like lighter books this should fill your listening time.
I liked the funny stories about dieting. If you never had to diet you shouldn't listen to this story, you won't relate.
The narrator did a good job.
I'd love to say that I jumped on the diet band wagon after listening this. But it got me thinking about it.
I purchased this book because I read "Bitter is the New Black" a few years ago. I enjoyed that book and this book seemed very similar, even the cover looks similar, so I assumed it would be as enjoyable...I was wrong. This is what I would call, a filler book, meaning you read it only if you have nothing else to read, or mindlessly listen to it while scrapbooking, cleaning, cooking, etc., because it is absolutely pointless. I even tried to listen to this on a short roadtrip alone and could not do it. Even though this book is filled with witty one liners, I would not recommend this book, it was a waste of my time and not in a good way.
I really hung in there with Jen Lancaster. I have great empathy for anyone struggling with this issue, but halfway through, four hours of listening later, I felt like screaming, would you get to the point?! and by the way, your endless conversations with Fletch about nothing are not that amusing. Was it Lancaster or was it the narrator that made this feel like Chinese water torture?
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