Fatty Patty

Fatty Patty

by Kathleen Irene Paterka

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Small towns, long memories. Everyone in the exclusive summer resort of James Bay, Michigan remembers FATTY PATTY, the chubby little girl with the round face and wild red curls. All grown up now, Patty Perreault teaches at the same elementary school where the painful playground memories still taunt her. She has not forgotten the cruel nickname; plus she still has not lost those extra pounds. Convinced her weight is the biggest reason why she is a four time loser in the semi-finals for Teacher of the Year, Patty resolves to make some changes in her body and her life.

Sam Curtis, an overweight accountant she meets at the community pool, swims into Patty's life with romance on his mind. But as their friendship grows, Patty finds it hard to see beyond his extra pounds. She is torn as Sam refuses to deal with his own overweight issues. Her heart tells her one thing, but her eyes see another. She is not interested in an overweight boyfriend. When it comes to winning the Grand Prize in life and love, Patty has some hard lessons to learn. Will she be able to confront her fears about the kind of woman she yearns to be? Will she be able to put down the fork and give her heart a try?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014482318
Publisher: Kathleen Irene Paterka
Publication date: 05/03/2012
Series: The James Bay Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 1,005,429
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kathleen Irene Paterka fell in love with writing (and food) at a very young age. By the time she graduated high school, she had completed her first manuscript and she weighed 300 lbs. Though the extra pounds have long since disappeared, Kathleen still carries the emotional scars of being a former fatty. FATTY PATTY was born from the cruel teasing she endured on the school playground. Kathleen is the author of numerous novels which embrace universal themes of home, family life and love, including the Women's Fiction series, "The James Bay Novels". Kathleen is the resident staff writer for Castle Farms, a world renowned castle listed on the National Historic Register, and co-author of the non-fiction book FOR THE LOVE OF A CASTLE, published in 2012. Having lived and studied abroad, Kathleen's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Michigan University. She and her husband live in the beautiful north country of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Kathleen loves hearing from readers. You can contact her via her website at http:/www.kathleenirenepaterka.com or follow her on Facebook at

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Fatty Patty 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review This book is the story of fifth grade teacher, Patty. She's not happy with where she's at in her life and thinks that if she gains control of her weight issues that everything else will quietly fall into place in her world. There are a lot of underlying issues in this book: bullying, shallowness, family, romance, and love. But at the heart of all of it, lies Patty's own issues with herself. She doesn't like herself much and that is what is truly hurting all those aspects of her life that she thinks will be fixed by her latest weight loss goals. There are three main characters which revolve around Patty's life... 1. Her twin sister, Priscilla Born only minutes apart, Patty and Priscilla are miles apart in appearance. Patty was born lively and healthy, but Priscilla was only 2 lbs when she was born. She's always on the verge of being sick, but Patty sees her as skinny and beautiful. They live together in the rambling Victorian that their mother left them which is a huge money pit. Patty wants to sell, but Priscilla refuses. Priscilla acts as Patty's conscience through a lot of the book. She tries to keep Patty on track with her diet and tries to let Patty know when she's being unreasonable about things. They don't have a happy relationship throughout the second half of the book and that indicative of how bad Patty's behavior descends. 2. Fellow 5th grade teacher, Nick This guy is the perfect guy. He's a first-year teacher and also the high school basketball coach. He seems like a nice really good looking guy who sees Patty as the catch that she really is, but as you delve deeper and deeper into the book, you get the idea that all isn't as it seems. 3. Sam If it wasn't for Sam's character, I probably would have DNF'ed this book at some point. Sam is that nice guy that every girl hopes to meet someday. He's completely into Patty and sees her for the beautiful person that she is. But she's so caught up in her own weight issues that she can't see past his even when her heart and body are telling her that he's the guy she truly wants. I ached for his character and how she treats him. It truly did break my heart. This is a book about transformation...not a physical one, but an emotional one. For probably 85-90% of this book, I did NOT like Patty. She's not a nice person and just because she recognizes and regrets her actions at the time, I personally don't feel any better about her. The fact is...she does some really awful things in this book for all the wrong reasons. She may have regretted them, but she still did them and I have a hard time getting past that. The book reads really well and easily. I was never bored with it, but I didn't like her or her actions through most of the book and that makes it hard for me to like the book overall. It made me sad to read it and that's not why I like to read books. I don't need everything to be sunshine and roses, but for my personal enjoyment, I need a tiny bit more than this book gave me. I think that I would have been satisfied if the transformation happened a bit earlier in the book, so I could have truly believed and liked the new Patty. This is one of those books where my issues with it are my own. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the writing in this book. I just personally didn't enjoy reading about this character. But keep in mind, I don't enjoy Oprah's Reading Club books either. I just like books that are a bit more uplifting. I
erlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
I empathized with Patty from the first page to the last. The ice cream scene was painfully familiar to me. Patty's not a perfect heroine, and not always pretty - in her thoughts or her actions - but always entertaining. There was a lot of depth in this debut novel and a lot of emotion. I especially admired Patty's determination, and I rooted for her all through the book. The ending is one of the best I've read. It's a terrific debut and I'm looking forward to the next James Bay novel.
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Not a good book to read if you are on diet with all the talk of food.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't want to give anything away but this book will make you think. Everything we do and think is someone's ideal of what we should think is fat thin ugly or beautiful. When everyone is different beauty truly is in the eyes of the beholder. This is a really good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book easy to relate to.
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Wasn't a hard read and had a good story line