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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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommend

Anyone who has ever dealt with being fat will appreciate this. Jen hits the nail on the head with her great wit and sarcastic style. Even though I am old enough to be her mom, I could relate to many parts of this book. It is a laugh out loud read. It also is inspirin...
Anyone who has ever dealt with being fat will appreciate this. Jen hits the nail on the head with her great wit and sarcastic style. Even though I am old enough to be her mom, I could relate to many parts of this book. It is a laugh out loud read. It also is inspiring and helped me take a long hard look at why my dieting always fails and has given me incentive to change my life! Thanks, Jen!!!

posted by Subteach52 on October 25, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing ...

I've read Jen Lancaster's books in order. It's interesting that another reviewer mentioned buying her other 'novels.' They are supposedly memoirs, although the conversations read like things Lancaster wishes that everyone had said, and the final encounter with a heroi...
I've read Jen Lancaster's books in order. It's interesting that another reviewer mentioned buying her other 'novels.' They are supposedly memoirs, although the conversations read like things Lancaster wishes that everyone had said, and the final encounter with a heroin addict-type near the pool feels especially bogus. I found the self-referential nature of this book distracting: It's a book about getting a book deal and writing a book about losing weight, in addition to being about the process of losing weight, with cliche observations about Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and working out. How much did the size 24 Lancaster initially weigh? Exactly how much did she lose before gaining back 12 pounds? We don't know. The only photograph is from her first book, and I think it's her wedding picture. She's still bigger than, say, Camryn Manheim, right? Finally, I wonder how the thin-skinned Lancaster would like it if someone were as mean to her as she is to others. She feels superior to the Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers staff members and refers to one counselor with a birthmark as 'Birthmarkie Mark,' 'Princess Big Birthmark,' 'Miss Melanoma,' 'Gorbachev,' 'Little Miss Birthmark,' and 'Senorita Carcinoma.' It isn't even funny.

posted by Anonymous on August 7, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Entertaining book - horrible editing

    I love to read and spend a large chunk of my disposable income on books. This was a very entertaining book but the editing on the nook book is awful! Why the hell am I paying so much money for these books if you can't bother to edit them properly? Would you put out a print book wirh so many errors? Get it together BN. I reccomend this book if you can get past all the typos and broken sentences.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Great

    This was another fun one by Jen

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    Laugh out loud funny!

    Jen Lancaster does it again with her sharp wit and even sharper tongue. This hilarious book for every woman who has ever said "Does this make me look fat?"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    Easy Laughs

    Lancaster's wit kept me reading all four of her memoirs in a row. SUCH A PRETTY FAT stands out for me because I recognize the author's growth; she is maturing. Not to worry, the sass and humor as well as cultural references are not lost. She relays her inner thinking and everyday happenings as honestly as if she's telling her very best friend or husband. No holding back the embarrassing, the indelicate, or the profane. I enjoyed the conversational style of writing. She also uses a stand-up comedy approach bringing stories full circle in a not so predictable way. Definitely looking forward to memoir #5 soon to be published.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    A Turtle, Not A Hare

    I have seen a lot of reviews on Goodreads from people who did not like this book because of the writing style or humor. I seem to come from a different vantage point. I thought this was a slow starter but it got better at the end. I relate to the character in the book and found I wanted to read more the longer it went on. If you ever struggled over a period of time with weight-loss (and you can find the humor in it), this might be a good book for you.

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  • Posted March 24, 2010

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    Such a Pretty Fat - Good, but not as good as the others...

    Although I did enjoy reading this latest book in the Jen Lancaster series, I didn't love it as much as I did Bitter Is The New Black or Bright Lights, Big Ass. Yes, there were places that I did laugh out loud, but I laughed more reading the other two. I think it's because that "fat girl needs to lose weight" premise has been overdone, especially recently. Don't get me wrong, Jen is an awesome writer and I have pre-ordered her new book ~ My Fair Lazy ~ because I want to see what she's going to come up with next. I would suggest reading the other two books first, before reading this one; because if you read this one first, you might not read the others and that would be a mistake!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Best of the three!

    I liked this book the best of the first three so far. It was sincere and hilarious. I LOVED the whole snark of the book. The ending was perfect. I just ordered the next book! I could totally go to dinner with Jen. My friends and I loved the 80's dish on her blog. We actually identified some of the prom dresses as our own!

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    great read

    very entertaining. Would recommend.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Funny

    I am still reading this book but every time I pick it up to read it, I end up laughing. The author reminds me of myself. I cant waite to read her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    On a diet???

    This book is a good read for those who resolve to lose weight, even if their heart is not in it yet.

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