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Fat

Labels, Book 1
Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
Series: Labels, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

"You're pretty, for a fat girl."

That's nothing Claire Howard hasn't heard before, and there's part of her that doesn't care, that thinks it's okay to love herself just the way she is. Then there's that other voice in her head, the one that plays on a constant loop that gets louder whenever people scrutinize her dinner order, snicker when she needs a belt extender on a plane, and outright laugh when they see her with her the kind of man they don't think fat girls deserve. It reminds her that existing while fat is the worst thing in the world. It's worse than being ignorant, bigoted or cruel-at least according to society's standards. Even when she has the attentions of two men who are the embodiment of fantasy.

But it's not their love that matters, it's her own. Fat is a brand that's been seared into every aspect of her life-even her heart. Can Claire love herself enough to reach past the labels for her own happiness?

©2014 Saranna DeWylde (P)2014 Saranna DeWylde

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A thought-provoking story about love and self

Would you listen to Fat again? Why?

I loved this story from the moment it started. The performance was spot on and the intonation and depth given to the character by the narrator was superb.

What did you like best about this story?

It was sweet, sexy, funny and very relatable. We all have that insidious voice inside us that tries to knock us down and Claire's journey to self acceptance was believable.

What about Hollie Jackson’s performance did you like?

She made it seem like Claire was a friend of mine, sitting on the end of my bed telling her story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to my friends in a heartbeat.

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  • kestergayle
  • 09-05-18

Nice new adult romance

There are a lot of things about this book to like: the narration is well executed, the story is interesting, and the characters are sympathetic and interesting. It's also sexy and fun, which doesn't hurt.

Claire is a beautiful young woman who is fat, which I loved. Unlike many 'plus size' heroines who are a size 14, she's truly fat at a size 26. That right there was enough to catch my attention! I've been a very large plus size woman all of my life, and finding a really big heroine is nearly impossible. So, I liked this aspect of the book. I also like the use of the word 'fat'. (Words are just words, and they only hurt if you let them hurt. I AM fat, it describes me, and I don't take it personally unless it's intended as a slur. I have learned to own it, and Claire seems to have as well.) There are many positive messages about female body types in this story, and that's nice, too.

Claire stays healthy, but her weight is what it is, so she's decided to create a line of clothing for plus size women. She has a male roommate who is a stripper, and through him has become acquainted with several others. She's in love with her roomie, but he encourages her to date another of his dancer friends who has been asking her out for a long time. She decides to accept a date with him, and ends up liking the other guy quite a bit. But, the roomie gets jealous and thereby hangs the tale!

The three of them get caught up in some drama, but while all of that is happening Claire begins to seriously question what she really wants out of life. Does her identity need to be defined through the man in her life, or can she just love herself and be fulfilled? She reevaluates some childhood issues, looks hard at current friendships and relationships, thinks about her future, and makes some hard choices.

There's a lot of inner dialogue in this book, but I didn't find it boring. Claire is remarkably intelligent, and not histrionic at all. She examines the developments in her life with a clear focus, and she won't let herself be railroaded. I found myself liking her a great deal, and I wish I'd had her fortitude 35 years ago!

This was a very enjoyable story, and I especially recommend it to women with body image issues. While it's not in the least preachy, there are some valuable lessons to be learned from Claire's journey, and there's lots of sexy fun for the reader along the way.



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  • T Copeland
  • 23-10-18

one of the best books I've read in a long time

the realness of the characters in this book just touched me. The writer really tapped into the labels that people are trapped in today and how those labels can eat away at a person this book was wonderful

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  • J. Olivas
  • 02-01-20

Loving yourself

A story about Really believing in yourself and loving the you that you are. Claire is secretly crushing on her roommate who is an emotionally unavailable stripper, when really, she should choose the guy that is not normally attracted to, because he really treats her like a queen.

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  • Heidianne
  • 16-10-19

Great story.

I really enjoyed this story, I just wish the ending was a little better. I can't wait to hear the next book.

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  • Cinema4
  • 30-04-19

I've never read a character put more effort...

getting into her own way than this story.

So many of her internal monologues were insufferable. Every time she was given,a path tho what she wanted, she'd dos a complete 180 only to prolong the story. She got wise to her dilemmas when the story needed her to, and became a stronger person only when the story needed her to. Meaning all of her own growth was revelations only when specific lengths of time were hit, not because of anything in the book or something that happened to her.

She had way too many problems that I don't think the book addressed very well. She had to love her size, had an abusive mom, a manipulative long time love, was insecure about starting a business, had a terrible friennemy. It was way too much.

The relationship in the book was one of those that could have been resolved with a 5 minute conversation. She wanted him, he thought he would fail her so he kept doing things and placing himself in situations that would make his "see I would fail you" so he didn't have to take ownership of himself. That's a level of disfunction that no one can fix, and you are never really told why she condoned it so long. Because he was handsome? Whatever.

So much of this story hit home to me, especially her business, so I was hoping this would be more than what it was. But it was not.

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  • MP Reid
  • 13-03-19

Too Hot for work

what fun. great fun steamy story. yay for all the sexy fat women and the guys who love them. would love to see some big men too.

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  • Shannon Rose
  • 13-03-19

fantastjc!

perfectly written book! So relevant to real life and all the human insecurities and labels we slap on ourselves and others! Great for the soul! Hoping to enjoy more like this from Sara Wylde

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  • Bigger Girl
  • 23-01-19

Thank you for this book!

Thank you for this book, it was just what I needed just when I needed it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-05-18

Frustrating but good

At one point I wanted to throw this book across the room, but I didn't want to break my phone. I thought for sure I was going to hate the ending, but I loved the ending. It's not traditional, but it was satisfying.

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  • Bonnie
  • 21-03-15

Story about a BBW

If you could sum up Fat in three words, what would they be?

I couldn't sum up in three words, it was that enjoyable on a topic that many wouldn't touch.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fat?

There were many memorable moments, one one Claire realizes men do like big women, you don't have to be a size 4 to be loved and desired. Being a size 26 can do just as nicely and in this story Claire learns who she is and gets to be the woman she was meant to be.

Have you listened to any of Hollie Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Hollie Jackson was wonderful with all characters and emotions. I've heard her do other narrations and she was perfect for this story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Overweight are always made to feel badly about themselves, especially women. Not everyone can be a size 6, nor can 5' 7". What this story tells you that labels really stink. Once you start, it's hard to stop. You never see the individual's personality only the label. So many relationships are lost because people can't see beyond stigma. This was a great story that touches on something in our society that should be addressed. No one should be made to feel badly for things they may not be able to help.

Any additional comments?

I think this will be a great series, if they keep Ms Jackson as narrator, and depending on which labels they start to break down it will be exciting as well.

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