13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Author: Awad, Mona
Pub. Date: 2016
Pages: 224
List Price: 20.00
Suggested Grades: 10 and up
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NOTE: ***Some profanity and sexual references***

“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: 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. Happiness eludes her because she has fallen for the myth that everything will change if she just loses weight.

In these linked short stories, 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.”

Kirkus Starred Review“Beautifully constructed; a devastating novel but also a deeply empathetic one.”