"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?
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A thought-provoking story about love and self
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.
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.
She made it seem like Claire was a friend of mine, sitting on the end of my bed telling her story.
I would recommend this book to my friends in a heartbeat.