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I'm Not the New Me

I'm Not the New Me

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by Wendy McClure

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A hilarious and sometimes poignant look at the absurdities of weight-loss culture from an appealing and original voice. 

From the creator of the immensely popular websites Pound and Candyboots, this is the memoir of Wendy McClure's odyssey-on-line and off-through the Valley of The Shadow of Her Really Big Ass. It's about the universe she created for


A hilarious and sometimes poignant look at the absurdities of weight-loss culture from an appealing and original voice. 

From the creator of the immensely popular websites Pound and Candyboots, this is the memoir of Wendy McClure's odyssey-on-line and off-through the Valley of The Shadow of Her Really Big Ass. It's about the universe she created for herself when she couldn't see herself as a kicky Weight Loss Success Story, only she put it all on a website and became sort of an inspiration anyway. 

I'm Not The New Me is about coming to terms with a family heritage of fat and drastic surgeries, and about self-esteem issues that are nobody's business but your own. It's wondering what's left of yourself after you lose weight-and just who the hell you are if you gain it back. It's about the absurdities of online identities and fat girl clichés, and the sheer terror of appearing live and in person in your very own life.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Meet the Author

Wendy McClure holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of I’m Not the New Me and the creator of the online journal Pound, as well as the humor site Candyboots. She is a columnist for Bust, a regular contributor to the website Television Without Pity, and her writing has also appeared in Glamour, The Chicago Sun-Times, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications. She lives in Chicago.

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I'm Not the New Me: A Memoir 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I laughed, I cried, but most importantly, I was FINALLY able to relate to someone without feeling bashful for myself when I read the memoir of Wendy McClure¿s - I¿m Not the New Me. I learned so much from Wendy's bad encounters in life, bless her heart, but thanks to her, I am a new individual with different perspectives in life. She showed me how to be strong no matter what...so what if I DO have a couple of extra pounds on my sides?! That shouldn't stop me from bliss....I'm the one who causes the pain...I am the one who suffers, not others....I shouldn't let OTHERS bring me down...I have the greatest power....the power to govern myself!...I decide what's important in my life and I have realized that 'weight issues' should not be taken to the extreme ....I no longer am that vulnerable person I once was.....I no longer possess weak qualities of an insecure girl.....I won't let every particle of myself be consumed of what's 'acceptable or more preferable' in today's society....I just have one thing to say,....everything depends on whether YOU want cricism to become constructive or destructive...it is all up to you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, welcome Wendy to the constant condition of the negotiated self. We are always framed by what others think of us. We can get thin, get fat, have gastric surgery, plastic surgery, and any other kind of surgery, but we are still left with how others define us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure if I would be able to relate to this book. I knew it was about a girl with a weight problem and her struggles to lose the weight. I have always been skinny and have never battled with my weight at all. Even though Wendy and I do not share weight problems, I completely related to this book. Wendy tells her story and shares the ups and downs of her daily life. There is something in it for everyone. Not only does she struggle with weight, but dating, friends, etc. Her style is wonderful. There is a lot of swearing in the book which took a while for me to get used to, but you feel like she is talking right to you. I found the book hilarious and laughed out loud often. I also could feel her emotions when she was sad or upset. It was the emotion that I could relate to most. This is different than the typical novel. I really enjoyed and recommend it to any woman looking for a funny, entertaining read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, let me say that I flew through this book. It only took me a couple of nights. Second, I totally related to Wendy. I've also struggled with weight. The way she wrote, it was like sitting over coffee talking to a friend. Even though the book is non-fiction, it reads like a fiction book. The fact that this was a real person though made the book even more interesting to me. I really just loved this book. If you're a fan of Jennifer Weiner, than you're going to love this book as well!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was such fun to read. Wendy takes a trip through her weight issues while making the reader feel like she's just stolen their thoughts about themselves right out of their head! This is a book many women out there can relate to. It is hilarious and inspiring to say the least.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, chick lit about girls not living in fairytale lands of size two dresses and endless cosmos. This book is a hysterical and realistic look at urban single life; Wendy loses and gains weight, drinks beer, and has relationships with weirdoes. McClure is not the usual vapid fashionista protagonist, but rather an intelligent, ironic, and sympathetic character. You need to be ready for McClure¿s blog-like writing style¿the narrative of this book is definitely aimed at the Internet savvy. But McClure acknowledges the absurdities of weight obsession in a way any woman could relate to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wendy McClure REALLY has broken down what a lot of women think about on a daily basis but are too afraid to talk about or admit to. This book is a wonderful humorous insight to the ups and downs of life as a woman with 'issues'. A great read! And EXTREMELY funny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the reviews for this book, I thought I was picking up a fun book about weight loss. Maybe her friends wrote those reviews, because this book has nothing to do with weight loss at all. There is a few casual mentions about how stupid something is at Weight Watchers meetings. And occasional mentions of how she looks great from some of her friends. Mainly this is a boring book about everyday life and a bad boyfriend, although you don't get much detail on that either. It seemed like a lot of boring conversations all thrown into a book. This author breifly mentions that she lost somewhere around 35 pounds, but really doesn't tell you any details about the weight loss. So for anyone looking for an actual weight loss memoir, this is not the book for you.