Fat Chance

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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.

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Overview

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.

In a series of diary entries, thirteen-year-old Judi recounts her struggles to lose weight, hide her bulimia from her mother, find a boy friend, and decide on a profession.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW said that this "convincing" and "true-to-life" story about an eighth-grade girl with bulimia "should be required reading for adolescent girls." Ages 12-up. (Aug.)r
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Judi Beth Liebowitz appears to be a typical 13-year-old girl. She wonders what she will be when she grows up, what having a boyfriend would be like, and wishes she could lose weight. This desire to be thin, however, begins to dominate her thoughts and actions. Newman chooses a diary format to allow readers a personal look at Judi's emotions. As diary entries progress, her determination to be thin consumes her. She becomes friendly with Nancy Pratt, the most popular and skinniest girl in school, and learns that Nancy binges and purges. As Judi begins to experiment with this new way of ridding herself of food, Nancy is rushed to the emergency room and placed in intensive care. The story finishes a bit too neatly with Judi making up with her best friend, confiding in her English teacher, and confessing her problems with eating to her mother. Everyone is understanding, and she eventually meets with a counselor. Judi is a likable character with whom young teens can empathize, but Nancy is portrayed as a selfish, manipulative girl, and readers never learn her motivations. Fat Chance had the potential to be a strong story on an important topic, but it is too flawed to have its intended impact.-Melissa Yurechko, Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698114067
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    I really don't even want to rate this book one star. I read this

    I really don't even want to rate this book one star. I read this book when I was 13 years old and overweight. I had no clue what it was about but at that age we had to read sooooo many different books for "Reading Class".

    There are a lot of things this author could've done with the topic of eating disorders but instead she lays out almost an instruction manual.

    To someone who has never struggled with weight and self esteem, this book on the surface reads like a major warning, but for those of us (most of us at 13) who are struggling with the feeling of fitting in this book hands out a solid 'how to' on bulimia.

    The first time I made myself sick was while reading this book, because at 13 all I saw was the numbers. She was losing weight, and I NEEDED to lose it too.

    Fast forward 12 years... and I'm still battling with bulimia. In secret.

    So, read this book if you wish, but keep it away from your kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2008

    Best book i read in agez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is outstanding it helps young people understand bulimia and how serious this is also tells you that you cant fight it alone. It shows a real issue that people could relate to. Everyone should read it youll love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2007

    Best book i've ever read

    This book is really good and somthing you can relate to, there is alot of girls that go through that. If judi was a real person (or maybe she is) i would admire her alot. GREAT BOOK!!! READ IT!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    a reviewer

    I loved this book! i read it in november in 4 days, and then in march in 3. I love the dear diary form. The book really proves you should be happy with who you are, and never try to change with an eating disorder. Even though the book is in diary form it goes in depth of what is going on. Leslea neman came up with a wonderful novel to educate people about bulima.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2007

    this book is disgusting.

    this is coming from someone who has battled with bulimia: this book was the worst book ive ever read. eating disorders are a very serious matter, and the way the author describes judi's eating disorder is just plain unrealistic. the author had a completly dstorted view on how eating disroders really are. she portrays people with eating disorders as stupid preps who just want to be skinny. but the truth is, it is something much deeper than that. the author doesnt once go into the deep emotions of judi. the book does not explore the emotional pain that comes with Eds. i find it pathetic that people would call this book amazing. i dont understand how people would even publish books like this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    A reviewer

    this book is the best book in the whole world!! is close to perfect, once you start reading you cant just stop!! great i recommended to you!! its oh.... perfect!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    wonderful, yet triggering.

    This was one of my favorite books ever. All I have to say though, is that if you do have an eating disorder, it can be triggering. Be careful in your selections...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2006

    A compelling novel

    Fat chance is a compelling story of what a adolescent girl with low self esteem goes through, it covers her highs and lows. Leslea Newman does a wonderful job of informing all readers of what really goes on in the lifes of girls with eating disorders, not only that but she makes it realistic so that it is easy to relate to. I recommend that you read this book, even if you think that you are not interested in books like these, this one could will change your mind and make you really want think twice about judging people that have or are going through this. This book could not have been written better and I hope that you agree, take my word for it and read it. Fat chance you won't like this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006

    Awesome!

    I loved this book and the way judi made me laugh at points. It was just plain great... a good read and i would reccomend it 2 others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2006

    Great Book

    I recently took Fat Chance out of the library and finished it in 5 days! This book is one of the best books i ever read, just beause Newman makes Judi seem like a real person. It teaches a great lesson to teens, and i think anybody should read it. Once you get started, you cant stop reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    Superb book

    Fat chance really teaches a great lesson for all. It shows how Judy overcomes the worst of her problems, even if it took some 'fat chances'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2004

    This is a really great book

    This book is great. I read it for an English project in 8th grade. Now, I am in 9th grade and I can still remeber everything that happened in the book. The book is unlike other books, because it deals with real life situations and you can just visually see the situation that you are reading. there is no way you could get lost in this book, because its so real. I really enjoyed this book and I think anyone will. Peace*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2004

    A one great novel...

    This book is absolutely awesome. I'm going into 9th grade and I choose this book to read over the summer.. This is the best book I have ever read in my life!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2004

    Easy to Understand

    This book has got to be one of my favorites. It's very easy to understand the situation. The book is realistic and it's not exaggerated at all. I really enjoyed the story because it was so typical and so you could just picture what was going on. It has been a long time since I read it and I still remember it. It is a good book for every type of person to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2004

    The Story of My Life

    Fat Chance is the best book in the world. I swear, Judi is my clone. I have a problem with my weight and everything that happens to her about being made fun of because of her weight and having a best friend who is gorgeous is exactly like my life and probably a lot of girls in this country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    totally awesome!

    this is the best book i've read in a really long time. As soon as i got it i couldnt put it down and i read the whole thing in 2 hours! anyway, it's a great book to read! i can really relate to it. you should definitely read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    I love it!

    I had to read this book for my English class and I loved it! I would recommend this book to any girl 12+ who is having trouble with her appearences or at school, or who just loves to read. It was great! I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2003

    My FAVORITE Book

    By far, the best book i have ever read! An amazing look at teen life and what it can do to our minds... exactaly right. From the lying to 'forgetting' to eat breakfast everything is perfect. The drama is very esy to relate to, and everyone should read it. Esspecially Teen girls.. I love the last line in the book, but i wont give it away! It made me cry, because i thought i was so ugly and fat, but this changed that view. Im so glad my teacher has this book on her shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Awesome

    Wow! I read this book in the 6th grade and it was great ! i read it about 20 more times after that because i liked it so much!!! I can totally relate with judi on being concerned with my weight. I just wonder, she'a like 4'9' and 127 pounds.-that's not fat! I (when i read this book) was about 4'9' and weighed like 145, and i was only chunky.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2003

    It is sooo good

    I loved this book. So many girls think they are fat, and do bad stufft to their bodies to fit the trend, which is horrible. I'm happy with who I am, but obviously I am not perfect. I recommend it to anyone who is, or suspects someone they know is bulimic- haha, I am not, just read it. It's good.

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