But there doesn’t seem to be any possibility of friendship, either — for anyone.
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The titles screams politically incorrect and the first few chapters had me wondering what I’d gotten into.
The main characters have all the schoolgirl angst that I remember feeling but with an extra dose of laissez-faire, yet sexed up, sense of identity. It was unclear to me whether it was a commentary on society’s perceptions of obesity or whether it was a melancholic look at poor decisions and the self doubt that can cripple relationships and self esteem.
If you are fat like me, or used to be like some other lucky ex-members of our club who probably bribed the weighing scale to flash skinny, you know the forever-itch to lose weight. Shedding those extra pounds so we don’t have to hide in the shadows, be whisked to dorm rooms and apartments under the cover of night, and then, sent right back in the wee hours of the morning lest some frat bro or roommate belittle the conquest of our douchebag date, used to be our ONLY wish in life. No, I am not ranting – coz I myself find the bitter ‘’ kind of token consolatory refrains mean and derogatory! But there is an undeniable stigma attached to dating a fat girl – like we can be ‘oodles’ of fun to pick for a night but never worthy of being on your arm on date nights or introduced to your friends, much less grace wedding pictures! Or even if you do, you have the know-how for dating one.
I am also done dating the tonnes of others who’d deny that I am fat and insist that I am beautiful! To the men – Dating a fat girl may not fall under your quintessential notion of ‘achievement.’ But who made skinny girls queens of the world anyway!
I called myself "Sarah." When “Debbie” suggested that I try their men’s clothes I lost my ability to stay cool...