The Way It Isby Patrick Sanchez
Patrick Sanchez's wickedly funny debut novel, GIRLFRIENDS, shimmied off the shelves and brought him an instant legion of fans. Now, in THE WAY IT IS, he introduces three thirty-something roommates with insatiable appetites for life, love, and anything deep-fried in this delicious, delirious celebration of women whose hearts are as big as their hips. . .
When The Chips Are Down, These Girls Bring The Dip
Livin' large has never gotten Ruby Waters what she wants in life. Overweight and addicted to every fad diet on the planet, Ruby's sure that the only thing that stands between her and the good life are those extra pounds she can't seem to shed. But when a girl's stuck caring for an annoying ex-husband, an impossibly critical mother, and the world's most psychotic, incontinent Chihuahua, her best friend is a dozen doughnuts and a can of whipped topping. She'll starve herself tomorrow, and soon, she just might have the courage to go after what she really wants. . .the hunky coworker with the bod of steel. . .
Fat is where it's at, honey. That's plus-sized model Wanda Johnson's motto. The larger-than-life African-American goddess may top the scales, but there are plenty of men begging for her phone number. The only thing standing between Wanda and fashion fame is another model who wants what Wanda has and would do anything--that's anything--to get it. . .
Simone Reyes, D.C.'s most famous Latina, certainly goes after what she wants--and it's usually ripped with muscles and under thirty. As the city's sexiest anchorwoman, the glamorous, svelte Simone doesn't have time to mess with commitment. She's too focused on making it all the way to the top. . .while protecting a secret that could blow the lid off her whole fraudulent life. . .
In the nation's capitol, where the drinks are cold and so is the competition, these three roomies are joining forces, battling their way through a maze of Chubby Chaser web sites, scam diet centers, outrageous fantasies, romantic entanglements, power shopping, and plus-size fashion shows. . .because when life throws you a few curves, it's best to show them off!
Patrick Sanchez is a native Washingtonian, having grown up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and has been a professional writer for several years. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. He is also the author of Girlfriends, and is currently working on his next novel.
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This book touches on many issues that many women can relate to. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy a girlfriends in distress and drama read.
I can't believe I've found another author to fall in love with, but I did when I stumbled upon Patrick Sanchez! I've now read all but his latest book 'Once Upon a Nervous Breakdown' and cannot wait to get my hands on it! The Way It Is was a fabulous read. Mr. Sanchez is not only in tune with today's women, but he's witty, raunchy, racy and hysterical!
Even though it had more profanity than I preferred, the essence of the book was great. I recommend the book for all who struggle with the need to want to conform to an already 'whacked' society.
This book combines humor, sex, and real life scenarios ! It makes feel you feel good and laugh about life's little blunders. HIGHLY SUGGESTED!! Great book!
I thought that this book was good. I really like the way the lead character found herself in the end. The only problem i had with the book was Simmone and her problem not being fix. Sure she got what she wanted but she still was sick.
This book was really a good book I looked in the lives of Ruby, Wanda and Simone and I realize that in some way I¿m not alone. there was times when I just laugh out loud then there was times that I would cry but in the end I love it. Good work Patrick I need this one.
The cover of the book caught my eye so I decided to buy it. I have to admit, I'm glad I did. Sanchez does a wonderful job of telling 3 different stories, from 3 different perspectives while not losing the reader along the ride. I was a bit bothered because the main characters all had eating disorders, but only one was identified and professionally addressed. Although one of the characters was full of confidence, and self love, the writer still made it appear that overweight women eat and eat and eat until they explode. This is not always the case or the reason for obesity and that point of view was terribly neglected. I have to commend Sanchez though on the ending... No cliches, not everything was tied up in a nice little bow. All in all, it was a good read, and it made me laugh (a lot!!). By the end of the story I felt like I knew the characters, and really wanted to keep reading.
I decided to by this book out of curiousity more than anything else. What the hell does a man (Patrick Sanchez) know about being a fat woman? Well, boy did I find out -- he knows a hell of lot. There were points in this book where I would say 'that's me!...that is SO me!' It was hilarious at times and so sad at others it made me cry. But, in the end, the big girls win out! It was like some kind of wharped Cinderella story. I loved it!