by Lorraine Duffy Merkl
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Trish Collins has finally made it: She’s a perfect size zero – a ‘goddess’ in her own eyes, the VP Account supervisor at one of New York’s hottest advertising agencies, and surrounded by the glitz and glamour that comes along with such a job, including hobnobbing with the rich and famous.
After the prologue, which takes place in the present time when Trish is at the top of her game, we are then taken back to the past before Trish lost her weight. Her father died when she was young, and in order to cope with her sadness and other feelings, she ate for comfort. As a result, her weight ballooned. After countless rejections from men and snide comments about her weight, she gets fed up enough to do something about it. She starts dieting, exercising and soon, the weight comes off.
In the process of losing weight, she becomes somewhat of a snob and starts losing her friends (because they are jealous of her, in her mind), but she moves up quickly at her job where she had previously been ignored. And soon, her life is pretty much perfect… but will it last?
I have to admit I enjoyed certain parts of Fat Chick. The main heroine is somewhat relatable to many women and the story moved along quickly. There was some name-dropping and the subject is also relevant to many. The frustration the character suffers for being overweight was also pretty realistic and relatable. It was also fun to see how fast Trish’s life changed as the weight came off. However, there were some downsides to the novel. One thing is that the heroine and her friends were very stereotypical/stereotyped. For instance, in a lot of novels, the ‘skinny girl’ is snobby and looks down upon others, and this book took that a bit further than most. Whereas I liked Trish in the beginning of the book, she began to get extremely annoying as the story wore on. By the last few chapters, I couldn’t care less what happened to her so I quickly finished those chapters without getting much out of them. Also, the speed and ease of the character’s weight loss was a bit unrealistic. (That seems a bit standard in many chick lit weight loss novels, however).
I’d recommend this book to people who enjoy chick lit with a weight and/or diet main story line with a bit of glamour, bad behavior, WW points obsession and stereotyping thrown in for good measure. Overall, this book was a decent read!