Such a Pretty Fat – Jen Lancaster

Title: Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer
Author: Jen Lancaster
ISBN: 9780451223890
Pages: 400
Release Date: May 6, 2008
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

From the back cover:

A Note from Jen Lancaster:

To whom the fat rolls…I’m tired of books where a self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself skinny in hopes of a fabulous new life. And I hate the message that women can’t possibly be happy until we all fit into our skinny jeans. I don’t find these stories uplifting; they make me want to hug these women and take them out for fizzy champagne drinks and cheesecake and explain to them that until they figure out their insides, their outsides don’t matter. Unfortunately, being overweight isn’t simply a societal issue that can be fixed with a dose healthy of positive self-esteem. It’s a health matter, and here on the eve of my fortieth year, I’ve learned I have to make changes so I don’t, you know, die. Because what good if finally being able to afford a pedicure if I lose a foot to adult onset diabetes?

I’ve read all of Jen Lancaster’s books (Bitter is the New Black and Bright Lights, Big Ass are her other two very cleverly titled books, with Pretty in Plaid coming out in May) and I love her sense of humor. Jen is sarcastic, hilarious, and completely crazy. I love her ability to turn normal, everyday occurrences into unique and laugh-worthy circumstances.

Between her books, her blog, and her Twitter account, Jen keeps me entertained on a daily basis. She’s the type of person that I would love to have as a friend. Her sheer ridiculousness makes me think that she would accept my level of crazy very well – in fact, we might even complement one another. In these daydreams of Jen Lancaster and I being best friends, one thing I have never thought of her as is an inspiration. Funny? Yes. Clever? Definitely. But inspiring? Really?

That is, I felt that way until I read Such a Pretty Fat. The first half of the book was familiar enough – funny anecdotes and stories from Jen’s life. This time, it’s about how her doctor told her to lose weight, and her failures in that department. It’s funny, but nothing remarkable – simply a clever read that’s comfortably familiar.

But all that changes around the halfway point. Suddenly, Such a Pretty Fat becomes about Jen’s determination to lose weight. It’s her going to the gym every few days to work with her personal trainer, Barbie (who is, of course, a perky blond). It’s her exercising portion control and sticking to her diet. I was so incredibly impressed with Jen’s sheer willpower in this endeavor. She made me want to work out (yes, I know I don’t need to lose weight, but I’d love to build a bit of muscle). She made me believe that if I set my mind to something and work hard at it, I can accomplish anything.

Cheesy? Absolutely. (My review, not Such a Pretty Fat.) But this book was incredibly inspiring, as well as side-splittingly hilarious. That combination really makes Such a Pretty Fat a book worth read. If you haven’t tried one of Jen Lancaster’s books, I recommend reading them in order: start with Bitter is the New Black. However, if your interest is in losing weight, definitely pick up Such a Pretty Fat; it’s a worthwhile read that will inspire you – and even if it doesn’t, you’ll lose weight from laughing so hard!

Comments

  1. I really want to read one of Lancaster’s books. The girls in my book club were raving about BITTER IS THE NEW BLACK.

  2. I really want to read one of Lancaster’s books. The girls in my book club were raving about BITTER IS THE NEW BLACK.

  3. I loved the title. Gotta check her out!

    LOL!

  4. I loved the title. Gotta check her out!

    LOL!

  5. This was the first Jen Lancaster book I’ve ever read and now am looking forward to reading her newest one. Off to check out her Twitter account!!

  6. This was the first Jen Lancaster book I’ve ever read and now am looking forward to reading her newest one. Off to check out her Twitter account!!

  7. I haven’t read any of her books, but they do sound good. I need to find her on Twitter too.

  8. I haven’t read any of her books, but they do sound good. I need to find her on Twitter too.

  9. I’m a big Jen Lancaster fan too. I am really looking forward to to reading Pretty in Plaid. I never thought about following her on twitter!

  10. I’m a big Jen Lancaster fan too. I am really looking forward to to reading Pretty in Plaid. I never thought about following her on twitter!

  11. I’ve not read any of Jen’s books, but I’d love to try them. Should they be read in any particular order, do you think?

  12. I’ve not read any of Jen’s books, but I’d love to try them. Should they be read in any particular order, do you think?

  13. I will be reading this book for one of my challenges soon. I have heard that she is quite funny and I think that the humor is what I’m mostly looking forward to.

  14. I will be reading this book for one of my challenges soon. I have heard that she is quite funny and I think that the humor is what I’m mostly looking forward to.

  15. I haven’t read any of her books but I’ll have to correct that oversight. Thanks for the great review.

  16. I haven’t read any of her books but I’ll have to correct that oversight. Thanks for the great review.

  17. Great review. A friend of mine wanted to read this, now it looks like I just might too. 🙂

  18. Great review. A friend of mine wanted to read this, now it looks like I just might too. 🙂

  19. It sounds like a funny book! I will have to check it out. 🙂

  20. It sounds like a funny book! I will have to check it out. 🙂

  21. I love Jen Lancaster’s books, too. They always make me laugh–to the point where people are always asking me if everything is alright!

  22. I love Jen Lancaster’s books, too. They always make me laugh–to the point where people are always asking me if everything is alright!

  23. Thanks for the review Swapna. This sounds like a book I really need right now. Glad you liked it.

  24. Thanks for the review Swapna. This sounds like a book I really need right now. Glad you liked it.

  25. Great review. It sounds like one I need to get.

  26. Great review. It sounds like one I need to get.

  27. I have never read Jen Lancaster! I see this is something I need to rectify.

  28. I have never read Jen Lancaster! I see this is something I need to rectify.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I totally agree – she’s fabulous! The new book is AMAZING!

  30. Anonymous says:

    I totally agree – she’s fabulous! The new book is AMAZING!

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