Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie is Not the Answer

Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie is Not the AnswerTo Whom The Fat Rolls I M Tired Of Books Where A Self Loathing Heroine Is Teased To The Point Where She Starves Herself Skinny In Hopes Of A Fabulous New Life And I Hate The Message That Women Can T Possibly Be Happy Until We All Fit Into Our Skinny Jeans I Don T Find These Stories Uplifting They Make Me Want To Hug These Women And Take Them Out For Fizzy Champagne Drinks And Cheesecake And Explain To Them That Until They Figure Out Their Insides, Their Outsides Don T Matter Unfortunately, Being Overweight Isn T Simply A Societal Issue That Can Be Fixed With A Dose Healthy Of Positive Self Esteem It S A Health Matter, And Here On The Eve Of My Fortieth Year, I Ve Learned I Have To Make Changes So I Don T, You Know, Die Because What Good Is Finally Being Able To Afford A Pedicure If I Lose A Foot To Adult Onset Diabetes

Jen Lancaster is the author of her own memoirs including as Bitter is the New Black, Bright Lights, Big Ass, Such A Pretty Fat, Pretty in Plaid, My Fair Lazy, and the newest Jeneration X She has also dabbled with fiction in her first book, If You Were Here.

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie is Not the Answer
  • Jen Lancaster
  • English
  • 03 July 2019
  • 9780451223890

10 thoughts on “Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie is Not the Answer

  1. says:

    I wanted to like this book better, really I did.But the author s writing style grates on me after a while and I really feel so much of this book was filler She proposed a book about her experiences with weight loss, and then spends too much of the book talking about her book proposal For most of the book she s failing miserably at her goals Then in the last third of the book she finally kicks into gear I appreciate how she makes fun of the weight loss experience, but sometimes I wanted to shout stop eating the mac cheese I will say her personality definitely comes through on the pages, and she did make me laugh a time or two.

  2. says:

    Memoirs By Nature Are NarcissisticThink about it You are the writer The subject is you The story is of your experiences based on the ideas generated by you You have to spend a lot of time with yourself and like yourself enough to put it out there for the world to judge And they DO judge This first person account starts out with the in your face notion that she s a fat beyotch, a hearty eater bring on the butter and a mean girl to boot Look out soccer moms and Stepford wives, this is the polar opposite of you Between magically porktastic bites of food, Jen decides to try to lose 50 pounds, believing she ll be rewarded with facials and trips to Vegas or Italy to mark her progress Regardless of her quest, her personality or yes, her narcissism, Jen Lancaster can WRITE I went through so many pages before I realized I was almost completely finished with the book It s a writing style I enjoy and admire, as it s conversational, FUNNY, and she doesn t hold back She makes you feel like you re right in the room with her Even though I can t say we have a whole lot in common, I DO, however, like the shows on Bravo , than anything else, I love a self actualized, brave woman who writes well and entertains me with a good book Time to order the rest of her books and continue laughing in this woman s world.

  3. says:

    I m on page 200 of this storyit s almost 400 pages long and it s a memoir She s STILL debating whether or not to go on a diet she s a size 24 This book makes me hungry because she CONSTANTLY talks about food It s an easy read and she s funny loving the footnotes but she s puts being a procrastinator to a whole new level Let you know if the next 200 pages are worth the read Right now I feel like exercising and taking a cooking class all at the same time OK OK OK OKfinally finished the book.It was an easy read but felt like it took me forever.I want to be friends with the author I love her sense of humor I think we could be great friends But helloshe didn t really start losing any weight until like page 500000 And admits to gaining 12 pounds back while writing this book because she couldn t hit the gym as often And there is no way that her actual trainer s name is Barbie And although she discloses so many personal things in this book, she never really does tell us how much she weighedonly that she dropped thrity something pounds then gaines 12 back and at one point was a size 24 I liked the fact that I now know about Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers still no desire to try either She mocks herself often which had she not she would have totally pissed me off But in the endshe seems really nice, honest, opinionated, funny, smart and stubborn reminds me of someone I know.hmmmmm Anyway, was it an awe inspiring booknope But it was interesting Would have like to have known if her husband had has a weight problem since every meal he ate made me drool And she kind of throws in there somewhere that he is a smoker which was random But anywayit could have been about 200 pages shorter But I don t think it was a wasted readand for anyone who has ever been told including myself you have such a pretty face back handed compliment because what they really want to say is if you weren t so fat and didn t have so many chins we would be able to see your pretty face , I enjoyed several moments throughout the book Now I m going to go try to Facebook friend Jen Lancaster HOWEVER, I would have have given it 2.5 stars if I couldhello GoodReads get the freakin hint already.

  4. says:

    Not my normal cuppa joe, but it might prove to be worthwhile Thus far, the book s main character, the author herself, proves to be narcissistic to the point of bombasticism Not a good combination On top of that, she s in a constant state of denial about herself and rationalizes differing opinions until she s focused all of her attentions back on herself She reminds me of a character in Confederacy of Dunces, Ignatius J Reilly.Okay, I finished this book a few weeks ago I m not the better for it The author s sense of humor is biting This book does not provide much than a trip down the sidewalk of her existence Not necessarily a fun trip She is condescending to a fault and she wears thin too soon The book is in serious need of a strict editor to provide something else But that really isn t the point of this book, and I suspect the same can be said of her other books She also overindulges in a wrong headed stylistic quirk that should have been killed by the editor after the first use she used 175 footnotes that would have been perfectly served as parentheticated phrases within the main body text As footnotes they became tedious and dreaded But like a train wreck, you read them anyway and feel irked at every one.

  5. says:

    I picked this up at the library because I enjoy funny memoirs, and who can t relate to weight loss tribulations It was OK at first, but I soon became bored with the author s interminable, rambling anecdotes One chapter about driving around the freeway when she s afraid to merge, while one of her friends wants to stop at every Starbucks, was particularly dull And it went on forever Well, humor is very hit or miss, so I don t hold it against her that I only had a couple laugh out loud moments The biggest problem with the book is that she presents herself in a very unlikeable way She comes across as vain, lazy, trivial eating, watching reality TV and getting her hair and nails done seem to be her main hobbies , and although she can laugh at herself, she is just too mean to random people When she meets a Jenny Craig employee with a birthmark, she doesn t just make one joke about it, but brings it up multiple times It wasn t funny to begin with That, than anything, is why I disliked this book If she d directed her snark a bit better, I m sure I would have had a better reaction.

  6. says:

    Now this book didn t really rate a 5, but it is certainly in 4.5 territory I loved this book It s for all of the women who have struggled to lose weight and have been subjected to comments like You have such a pretty face I don t get that particular remark I often hear, You in the white skirt, would you mind bending over so that I can show my Right to Life filmstrip on your butt No, that s not true Sometimes it s a video about how the surge has made us protected and how the rest of the world stands in awe of GWBush This book is for all women who have struggled with weight and even those men who, while shopping for a suit, are told by the salesperson, Let s try this in a banker s cut , while making a sound that might be a sympathic chuckle or may be a sneer The author is approaching 40 and is told by her doctor that she needs to lose weight, a lot of weight, to avoid serious health issues She finally decides what good is finally being able to afford a pedicure if I lose a foot to adult onset diabetes Knowing that she needs pressure to perform, she pitches a proposal for a book detailing her attempt to lose 50 pounds Jen Lancaster is my new hero for this hilarious book If I ever meet her, I m going to run up, wrap my pudgy arms around her size 24 body less now , tell her I loved her book, and then ask for her recipe for mashed potatoes she swears that if she could figure out how to sell them on a stick, she would make a fortune I read this book while lounging on the beach and frequently laughed to the point of tears Attracting the attention of people sitting nearby, I quickly put down the book and pretended that I was having a seizure Be honest, people want to get into your business if you are having fun, but if they think that it s an actual medical emergency, you become invisible Read this book You will be glad that you did.

  7. says:

    I just couldn t take it any longer This women is crazy All she does is think about food and herself As her boyfriend is talking she s freaking thinking about mac cheese Never once did I find her funny, just annoying.I got about 6 chapters in and then decided enough was enough.

  8. says:

    It was okay but I wish I got I liked getting to know Jen because she s completely human She has set a goal to lose some weight but along the journey. she fails, a lot I love how she always thought of food. it s like me with food, puppies, wine, books, etc I laughed so hard when she was thinking about mac and cheese while her boyfriend was talking to her. BECAUSE WHO DOESN T DAYDREAM ABOUT MAC AND CHEESE Murderers don t I feel like maybe she s the queen of procrastination because it takes her foooorever to finally kick her ass into gear Then again, I ve been procrastinating to work out as well Eating healthy is easy peasy lemon squeezy for me because I can t eat a lot of fatty foods So I totally feel her pains about working out and trying to get motivated.Overall, it was an okay book It had it s funny moments but that doesn t mean I loved Jen the entire time Definitely had it s pros and cons and I also feel like I ve read funnier memoirs.

  9. says:

    I picked this book up on a whim I m a fat woman who lost a lot of weight and then gained it back, but I wasn t looking for motivation or miserable company I just wanted a good story PRETTY FAT did not deliver I ve never read any of the author s other books, and now I have no desire to Jen Lancaster, despite the blurbs on the book cover, is not wickedly funny she is trite, condescending, small minded, and very, very smug The writing is dated and unimaginative, and the humor self serving This is not a person I want to spend time with or patronize.But than that, if I was looking for an inspirational book about weight loss, or even a story I could relate to about how difficult it is, this book would fail Ms Lancaster spends a lot of time talking about her food cravings and her struggles on the Atkins diet, how she gained so much weight without knowing it, and how her health has deteriorated enough to concern her doctor All of these are relatable Yet how does she solve it By having money and time to spare The take home message of the book is that if you are lucky and wealthy enough not to work full time not to mention to get a job in which you are paid to lose weight , to pay for pre packaged diet meals Jenny Craig , to join a gym and go as often as you want, to find and afford a personal trainer who is lovely and brilliant at motivation, to afford a housekeeper to clean so you can recover from working out, and to have a husband who supports your every mood swing, You Too can lose a few pounds Simple, right No It s insulting Ms Lancaster portrays herself as an Every Woman albeit one who is much, much better than you , but her weight loss journey is extremely different from most people s, because most people don t have anywhere near the resources she has It doesn t work she can t be one of the masses while being so above them She can t have her cake and eat it too, so to speak.Occasionally, Ms Lancaster does stop quipping and criticizing long enough to talk about some of the real problems of weight loss These few parts of the book do work she touches on some of the hardest elements, such as complete fixation on food and the erosion of self esteem even as you try to better yourself But the bad taste of her privileged solution erases any goodwill or message this could impart While it s nice to see Ms Lancaster regain her self esteem and reach some of her goals at the end of the book, it s hardly gratifying or inspiring This is not a friend you re watching succeed This is someone who had a lot and managed to do something with it It s still an accomplishment, but not very meaningful.

  10. says:

    The usual from Jen Lancaster It had it moments but when I am done with her books, I am mad at myself for having bought them.

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