Smart and ambitious Season Minett was homeschooled, got accepted into college at 16, graduated with a B.A. in English at 20, got a job at a prestigious magazine at 21, and isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. Twenty-two-year-old Season has it made and everyone knows it. Except Season herself.People can gush over her all day long, but Season knows they’re just being nicSmart and ambitious Season Minett was homeschooled, got accepted into college at 16, graduated with a B.A. in English at 20, got a job at a prestigious magazine at 21, and isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. Twenty-two-year-old Season has it made and everyone knows it. Except Season herself.People can gush over her all day long, but Season knows they’re just being nice. In reality, she’s accomplished nothing. She doesn’t work hard enough, can’t get her book published, and worst of all at 5’6, 180 pounds with a thirty-two inch waist, a forty-four inch hip, and arms too big for her body, she’s fat and ugly. She's such a disappointment that after her mother divorced Season's dad, she went to live with her new, younger boyfriend and left Season to mother the rest of her siblings. So Season is quite bewildered when the guy she sees every weekend at the bookstore shows serious interest in her. And she ends up liking him. A lot.Season's not naive enough to think love will solve all her problems though. In fact, love seems to be making everything worse because her food obsession is growing more and more out of her control. But that's impossible. There's nothing wrong with counting calories and wanting to be thin. There's nothing wrong with trying to be as perfect as everyone thinks she is. A fat girl can't develop an eating disorder, let alone have one. Right?...
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confessions of a fat girl Reviews
I admit, the reason why I signed on to read this book is largely the title, no pun intended. I'm a bigger girl, so I figured I would relate to the characters and the premise. Overall, this was a fairly enjoyable read.There's a growing concern and focus on appearance and health, and I think this story gives a pretty realistic look on the issues that come with having a low view of yourself. Season is moody and closed off. She's self-destructive as she battles with her calorie count and tries to keep in control of her body and her life, with a lot of drama and consequences surrounding her as she tries to get through it all. Season was a really complicated character for me. I related to her at times, I'll be the first to admit that. I think we all go through a little self-loathing and self-pity at times, and I'm surely no exception. But similarly, I think she represented everything that I hate in myself. She bugged me. She was hard to sympathize with, and hell, maybe I'm hard to sympathize with too. This didn't put me off of the book or her story or anything, but made me think harder about myself whenever Season did something that particularly annoyed me. The writing was pretty solid. I was engaged throughout the text, and I rarely felt bored. It was well paced and you learned to feel for the characters, whether you loved or hated them. It was a fairly quick book to get through, but it's not a subject to be taken lightly.In short, I think this book does a decent job of covering an important topic. Eating disorders are a serious problem, and I think that people who have experienced problems with their weight or their self-image can take something away from Season's story. Fat or thin, we can all I think relate to Season on some level. I was provided a copy in exchange for my honest review. This review can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose.
I thought is book was ok. I never understood how the title and the theme of the book were related. I understand that we finally find out how much the main character weighs and if that is any indication of why the book is named this then I feel there may be some backwards thinking. I guess I gave it a 4 rating because the book itself was good. I like Season and I liked Victor. I loved the names that Ms. Dae came up with. I give her kodos for going ahead and writing a book that deals with a lot of issues young people and older people deal with. She deals with an eating disorder, drugs, sex, and a messed up family situation. So, bravo Ms. Dae I commend you on dealing with those issues! As I was reading the book, out of the blue I said "well, that is .5 off for that." My family looked at me like I was crazy. So, here is why I said it: she talks about homeschooling. I don't mind her talking about homeschooling, she might of been homeschooled herself and I do not know. But, I homeschool my children, well one child now. The assumption that homeschooled children just don't get out and get socialized is not a 100% true fact. That homeschooled children do not know how to deal with social interactions and know how to do with their feelings within society is not a 100% fact. My children have more of a social life than I do at times! Ok, I'm going to get off my soapbox now because I could go on forever on this subject. I truly liked how the romance between Victor and Season worked out. How there was a give and take and how he was so willing to take it slow with her and try to understand her. I really did like Season, I guess I liked her because I am her on a lot of levels. I am a person that just tells it like it is. As my friends and family tell me I do not have a filter and I think that is why I liked the book so much was because Season and I have so much in common. It is overall a good book. I feel that if someone around the twenty-something read this book it would do them a world of good. They would be able to relate to some of the topics that are hit upon in this book. There are just some stuff within the book that I just did not agree upon.
Much is made of eating disorders these days and, fortunately, it seems as though at least some people are fighting back against the drive to be ultra-thin. Still, there are far too many, mostly girls and young women, who are compelled to reach for what they think is the perfect body image. Such a young woman is Season.Season is a prickly sort and, once you know her story, it's easy to understand why she has so much trouble letting other people into her life. She has learned that she doesn't have a lot of reason to trust and she also feels very inadequate. On the whole, Season is a woman with very little self-esteem so it's not surprising that, at first, she doesn't respond well when a man named Victor approaches her in a cafe.Victor is the kind of guy you wish every insecure woman could meet, genuinely nice and not afraid to stand for what he believes in (although he was way too chill during a certain gun incident). Unfortunately, Season is not so likeable and I found it hard to connect with her. She's so inconsistent, for one thing, blowing hot and cold about nearly everything including her own image of herself. I find it really hard to believe that any woman who's so hung up on what and how much she eats would be ready, willing and able to expose her body to a man she's known for about five minutes. Also, Season is really rude to everyone, to the point of being tiresome. Still, she has her good moments and an important part of her story is watching her mellow just a bit.Despite my reservations, especially about Season's personality, this is an interesting story, unlike any I've read before, and I'm interested in trying some of Ms. Dae's other work. After all, just because one book doesn't resonate with me doesn't mean another one won't and I'm sure many readers will like Confessions of a Fat Girl ;-)
Cliffnotes version: Season is a girl taking care of her siblings because her parents have abandoned them, working in a job she hates, and has an eating disorder that she refuses to recognize. And then she meets Victor and…none of that changes. But she becomes better.Season’s character is frustrating in the best way. You are always rooting for her to break these bad habits in her personality and lifestyle. She’s the definition of “the girl who grew up too soon”. She’s forced to make mature decisions when she’s not quite equipped to and it leads to a lot of infuriating hijinks. I enjoyed reading this girl’s journey because it was so flawed and so emotion-based; my stomach clenched with hope that she’d be alright.I had a different emotional connection to Victor where he became an idealized version of Season’s perfect match. He became a foil to her blunt and emotionally-closed off personality and complimented her desire to move past the pain of childhood. I loved their relationship from start to finish.In terms of presentation, I found a lot of the themes and ideas repetitive. Normally I either love it or hate it but with this one I was split down the middle. I hated how much she dwelled on her family problems and her fears of the future and that was both a character choice and a writer choice. On the other hand, there was this great theme that ran through the novel of eyes being the window to the soul and sometimes things were boarded up, sometimes there were curtains. It was fascinating.You’ll see a lot of that in my Random Notes While Reading:· Racial diversity for the win!· A little slow in the first few pages but learning information is good· Damn, girl· Being in the mind of a calorie-counter makes me sad· Okay, you’ve captured my dorky heart· Whoa there, cowboy (don’t worry, a page later my heart was captured again)· Season is hitting way too close to home· These characters are very strong, and by that I mean diverse and consistent· I love the role reversal· Please tell me she gets a happy ending· Fuck· Okay, it’s getting a little repetitive· Is it really that big of a deal?· For a girl this insecure, I would a chosen a different list of grievances· Oh honey, the clues are all there· I really wouldn’t take your mother as the be all, end all· I see what you did there· Oh my god· This, boys and girls, is one example of an angsty adult relationship· I was about to applaud them for realism but this is way better· Wow, I feel nothing. Good job. ReallyThis is a very simple story about the struggles of a girl living her life but there’s something quite powerful and emotional about it. I’m recommending this book to new adult females especially but to anyone, really.
I started reading this book as part of the Blog Tour, but really really struggled and had to give up at 41%.I found it really hard to connect with our main character Season. I found her extremely negative and her POV was difficult to follow. I also found Seasons thoughts about this guy who clearly liked her really off putting. She would spend time with him and enjoy herself but then spend the next 6 pages going on about how it was such a horrific thing that she was starting to like him. She was pretty harsh at times, I guess the author was trying to make her personality confident and quirky but for me she just came across as rude.I had gone into this book with the expectation that is was a book with a character who suffers with an eating disorder. I have read a few books on this theme before and found them incredibly powerful stories. Season had this thing about counting the calories in her food, and not eating for a few days if she has eaten something big and she was always thinking about how ugly her body looked which fits with an eating disorder.But then she starts hooking up with this guy and is very quick and comfortable to take her clothes off, it doesn't even cross her mind that her body may be ugly. Maybe my thoughts on eating disorders are incorrect but for me it just didn't fit and I felt like it was just skipping over the important things that would be present in a person with an eating disorder.I really struggled with this one, mostly with the main character but also with the lack of storyline. Seriously, I was 40% in and nothing had happened. A DNF for me.