Jamie is a senior in high school and, like so many of her peers, doing too much. Unlike so many of her friends, she is enormously, irreversibly, sometimes angrily (and occasionally delightedly) overweight. Her most immediate need is a scholarship to college, so she writes an explosive and controversial column every week in the school paper about being fat. Soon, Jamie finds herself fighting for her rights as a very fat girl and not quietly. As her column raises all kinds of public questions, so too must Jamie find her own private way in the world, with love popping up in an unexpected place, and satisfaction in her size losing ground to real frustration.
Tapping into her own experience with losing weight, her training as a psychotherapist, and the current fascination in the media with teens trying drastic weight-loss measures, Susan Vaught writes searing and hilarious prose that will grip readers while asking the most profound questions about life.
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Not your typical fat girl story
The main character (Jamie) in this story is opinionated, intelligent, and hilarious. She is also morbidly obese.
The story doesn't follow the typical "fat girl" cinderella storyline, where the main character loses a ton of weight and through weight loss gets everything she always wanted. and through weight loss she gets everything she ever wanted.
Jamie's weight hasn't stopped her from being successful and through her articulate "Fat girl" column in the high school news paper brings forward the notion of fat acceptance and the discrimination morbidly obese people face on a daily basis not just in the reactions from other people but the struggles they face in every day life because the world hasn't yet caught up with the increasing weight of it's population.