Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head

Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head

by Jen Larsen
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Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't hate this book, but I felt like at every step she took she regreted everything she did. I bought this book because I just had gastric bypass surgery and I was hoping I would be able to relate to her. I felt the exact opposite. I told everyone I could, I created a support system, I know this isn't a cure all but it was a positive experience for me. I also didn't agree with her not telling her mother. Its your mother, get over yourself. You're not rejecting her your just making a better version of the both of you. I know this is about her personal journey. But its not a ride I want to take again.
PennameFan More than 1 year ago
Some parts were funny, but some were a lot less so.  I agree with most reviewers when they say that I wanted someone I could relate to, and while the book is, overall, quite honest, it just isn't an overall positive, life-affirming book that will help you deal with the feelings one will have after a life-altering thing like bariatric surgery.  And it seemed like she had no support, even after the surgery.  Overall, rather disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know who was responsible for the "surprisingly  hilarious" comment on the back of the book, but so far, I'm not finding this book at all funny.  The author strikes me as the type of gal who will never be happy and who will always find something to complain about. I don't think I will even finish reading the book, she's that much of a downer. I understand how depressing, debilitating, and frustrating it is to be fat, but Ms. Larsen didn't even TRY to lose the weight on her own!  She gave up, ate herself into a size 30, and then wanted a quick fix.  She should be ashamed of herself. If you're looking for an uplifting but realistic read about weight-loss surgery, or just wanting to find a "surprisingly hilarious" book about a topic you've never read about before, buy another book.  This one will only disappoint you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are considering weight loss surgery this book is not for you. If you have had weightloss surgery and sucessfully reduced and maintain this book is not for you. The majority of the book talks about how the author did not thoroughly investigate and educate herself on the weight loss surgery, resulting in her utter unhappiness. This could have been avoided had she gone to a center of excellence and actually paid attention to what was taught; many of the pit falls she experienced could have been avoided. Speaking from experience, if you are having this surgery, you need to continue with therapy to you can accept and love your new self!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've considered weight loss surgery but never felt like I got the full, honest story. With this memoir, you'll not only hear a warts and all account, you'll enjoy writing which flows easily and compellingly.
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I couldn't put this one down. I am grateful to Jen for giving us a window into her life that was seemingly uncensored and truthful.  Her voice is refreshingly candid.  I appreciate her view on the weight loss surgery and process for getting approved.  You can tell by the language she uses that they are sucking her in, but she doesn't start pointing fingers.  She states, in a voice that is very much enlightened by hindsight, "I probably should have noticed this or asked about that."  Her ability to remain a neutral storyteller gives her credibility, and lets the reader form their own judgements.  While the book doesn't wrap up with a bow on top with regards to the end of her journey, it does show in closing how much she had grown as a person.  I like to think reading her story helped me grow a little bit too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book so far but I am a lot pissed off about how Jen is so judgemental about people's height......read it back FATTY.... like we have a choice! What do u expect us to do ......cut off our legs? I would think that there would be a little more understanding considering.....are tall people lower on the totem pole than fat people?