Fat Chance

Fat Chance Judi Liebowitz Thinks She S Fat And She S Convinced, As She Confides In Her Diary, That She D Be Happier If She Were Skinnier So When Judi Becomes Friendly With Pencil Thin, Glamorous Nancy Pratt, She Learns Nancy S Secret And Joins Her In The Secret Binge And Purge Cycles Of Bulimia Before Long, Judi S Life Spins Out Of Control And Her Obsession With Food, Calories, And Pounds Is No Longer Another Typical Eighth Grade Problem It S A Matter Of Life And Death

Lesl a Newman born 1955, Brooklyn, NY is the author of over 50 books including Heather Has Two Mommies, A Letter To Harvey Milk, Writing From The Heart, In Every Laugh a Tear, The Femme Mystique, Still Life with Buddy, Fat Chance and Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear.She has received many literary awards including Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and th

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Fat Chance
  • Lesléa Newman
  • English
  • 04 February 2018
  • 9780698114067

10 thoughts on “Fat Chance

  1. says:

    I rarely give books five stars Not only does it have to be flawless, but it generally has to accomplish something absolutely marvelous But this book got the rare five stars Though it is an ordinary, enjoyable read, I gave it the rating it did because of how well the author captures the confusion of middle school Some of Judi s thoughts were exactly my own when I read it I was in eighth grade, just like Judi Though the writing is excellent, this book is no Steinbeck It will win no Pulitzers, no Nobels But in my recollection no author has so accurately written about what it s like to be a teenager, and if that is not the true purpose of books, I m not sure what is.

  2. says:

    You guys, I always understood that Judi was not actually overweight she hovers around 127 lbs for the entirety of the book, at 5 4 , but at the time of rereading this, we weigh exactly the same and I am four inches shorter than Judi Yeah, I still have some baby weight and whatnot, but I still think I m looking aight That just kind of blew my mind a little bit and made me realize how hard Judi was on herself Original review, November 2007 So maybe other people wouldn t give this five stars, but really, it s one of my favorite books of all time I remember buying it at a book fair in middle school, and just being blown away by it I had never read a book dealing with eating disorders, and this one pretty much made me never want to experience one I read it almost every year because it has many other good qualities, besides handling such a weighty topic no pun intended that s for you, Judi The main character is charming and refreshing Also, while reading this book, you end up really remembering being in the 8th grade, hating your body, wishing to be the beautiful, popular girl, daydreaming about the ridiculously handsome guy, thinking your mother just won t understand Ugh, the angst And then you get to the end of the book and cry because it s just so sweet, and also, from a writing point of view, really wraps up just in the most perfect way God, I really, really love this book.

  3. says:

    What a waste of time Boring and preachy.

  4. says:

    Although published in 1994, FAT CHANCE by Leslea Newman still rings true today, in fact, with the increased prevalence of eating disorders, its message may be even important today.As an eighth grader, Judi dreams of having a boyfriend and going on exciting dates, but she is convinced that can only happen if she loses weight Her mother insists she is a growing girl who needs to eat three nutritious meals a day Judi is sure that isn t the path to happiness It doesn t help that Judi s classmates are typical kids who tease and taunt about any perceived physical flaws with little regard for the feelings they hurt or the self esteem they damage.When Ms Roth, the new English teacher, requires each student to keep a diary, Judi uses the assignment to pour out her feelings as she records her attempts at weight loss and relationship difficulties She learns tricks to avoid eating breakfast, consumes only diet Coke for lunch, and tries to get away with eating as little as possible of her mother s home cooked dinners She is able to shed a few pounds, but is frustrated by the need to binge when she is feeling stressed.The answer to all her problems seems to appear the day she stumbles across popular girl and future model, Nancy Pratt, vomiting in the restroom When Nancy explains that vomiting is her secret to weight control success, Judi is disgusted at first, but as she becomes desperate to be thin, she gives it a try It is easier than she ever imagined Now she can eat enough to keep her mother from nagging and lose weight at the same time.Keeping her secret is difficult, and when Nancy ends up in the hospital as a result of her bulimia, Judi begins to have second thoughts Losing weight has some positives, but the strain it has created in the relationships with her best friend and her mother involve negatives than she may be willing to endure.In FAT CHANCE author Leslea Newman captures the emotional turmoil created in those suffering from eating disorders Through Judi s obsession to lose what to some may seem an insignificant amount of weight, it becomes clear that the mind of a person with bulimia is far from normal and their body image issues produce increasingly irrational arguments most of us would never understand Newman s message that eating disorders require outside intervention and commitment on the part of the struggling individual makes this novel instructional as well as entertaining Unlike recent books written about the same subject, FAT CHANCE does not dwell on the horror and debilitation of the eating disorders, however, it still provides an important view worth reading.

  5. says:

    Come morire per la bellezza e salvarsi accettandosiLibro semplice e diretto, che racconta con semplicit il dramma adolescenziale del confronto con un aspetto fisico che non piace La protagonista non sopporta i suoi chili di troppo e decide di provvedere, aiutata dal cattivo esempio la pi bella della scuola, la ragazza invidiata, col ragazzo fantastico la ragazza con uno scheletro nell armadio pi grande di lei, fatto di digiuni e corse in bagno quando mangia, fino a finire in ospedale, ancora ossessionata da una realt che vede solo deformata ingrandita allo specchio La protagonista prova a seguire la sua strada, attratta dal risultato finale, ma non perde la ragione, riesce a fermarsi in tempo, comprendendo che, in fondo, qualche chilo in pi o in meno non fa nessuna differenza.

  6. says:

    I read this in middle school At this point in my life, I had been dealing with an eating disorder on and off for a number of years, although I had yet to recognize that I was struggling with an eating disorder, seeing my activities as dieting and less as a disease Instead of this book helping me to realize my disordered way of thinking and eating, I found that it gave me ideas on how to hide my symptoms from friends and family I understand that this review doesn t necessarily have to do with the writing of this book, but for me, this book pushed me further down the path of self destruction and deceit.

  7. says:

    Another eating disorders title It s no Wintergirls and it s dated it s from the 1990s There are references to the TV series, Roseanne What I liked about this one is that 8th grader Judi, the main character, is not the one who ends up in a hospital with a full blown eating disorder Instead, she is shown as flirting with one It s Nancy who ends up in the hospital Nancy is a girl that Judi idolizes she s super skinny, wears make up and dates a 9th grader Nancy befriends Judi and Judi helps Nancy hide her secrets that keep her skinny.

  8. says:

    I read this book in the 8th grade The book really open my eyes and how I learn what was a eating disorder I re read the book again As an educator, I would definitely show this to my students and tell them they are beautiful they way look and never change for anybody Eating Disorders is an important discussion to talk about to students I would know because I was feeling terrible the way looked in the mirror but I realized I am perfect the way I am I highly recommended to read this book and such a great book and powerful message.

  9. says:

    This really delves into what every girl thinks about at least once in her life Am I fat Judi is in highschool and is trying to start the year off well She knows she s not the smallest girl in the bunch but she also knows she can t change it overnight Or can she Judi walks into the bathroom at school one day, to here someone throwing up in the stalls, but when she asks if she s okay the girl acts as if Judi should never had been there at all What exactly WAS the girl doing in there, and further, why is she mad at Judi for being there

  10. says:

    Well right now i think the book is about 4 stars i really like it so far i hope it turns out amazing Well im nearing the end and it is amazing It is a realistic fiction book and it is good It actually is not boring If you need a realistic fiction i would say to read this one You might think it would be a little wierd, but it isn t If you start reading you want to read it to the very end If you need a short book this is your book.

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