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Big Fat Manifesto

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  1,105 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
Jamie is a senior in high school and, like so many kids in that year, doing too much—including trying to change the world—and fighting for her rights as a very fat girl. And not quietly: she's writing a column every week in the paper with her thoughts and fears and gripes. As her column raises all kinds of questions, so too, must she find her own private way in her wo
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Megs ♥
Jan 05, 2012 Megs ♥ rated it really liked it
Jamie is your typical super busy senior in high school, except for the fact that she is morbidly obese. She feels that every fat girl book ends with the fat girl being skinny or well on her way to becoming skinny. Will her story have that ending?

Jamie has a boyfriend, Burke, who is also obese, and he tells her he is going to be getting gastric bypass surgery. Now Jamie has to wonder if she will keep her boyfriend once he gets thin on top of also worrying about studying for finals and how to pay
Jan 21, 2011 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this. I was totally psyched to read a book with a smart, non-tragic, and unapologetically fat heroine. But it did that weird annoying thing socially concerned YA books often do where they're like "I'm political, but not TOO crazy! I just write stuff, I don't do any of that extreme activism like going to a rally!". It reminds me of the worst of the feminist blogosphere. Actually, you can definitely trace the influence of the less interesting parts of the online fat accepta ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it

Jamie is a fat girl -- a very fat girl -- who writes about being a fat girl for her school's newspaper. She sees it as a way to prove people like her are normal and have the same feelings and experiences anyone else does. It's also, she hopes, a ticket to college since her family can't afford it otherwise.

This is my second Vaught book and I am sold her on as an author. Her characters have real voice and real heart, despite being flawed. Jamie isn't as confident as she makes herself sound in
Brandi Rae
Being fat isn’t easy. Clothes don’t fit you. People stare at you or pretend that you are not there; they feel uncomfortable around you. They whisper, wondering if you know how big you are and, if so, why don’t you just do something about it?

Jamie Carcaterra knows how it feels first hand how it feels to be fat, and frankly she is sick of how people act around her. She knows she is overweight. She is fat. In fact, she is Fat Girl, author of the Fat Girl features in her school newspaper, The Wire.
Dec 28, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok
Eh. Narrator is tired of everything, all the time, being about how fat she is ... so she starts writing a column for her school newspaper about being fat. She hopes the column will be enough to get her a scholarship for college, because there's no other way she'll get to go, and I'm like, there are these things called student loans that are not hard to get, and yeah, you don't want to go into crazy debt, but don't act like this one particular scholarship is the only possible way you can pay for ...more
1.5 stars

I had high expectations for this book, and was sorely disappointed.

The author was whiny, and I swear to god, every time she talked I wanted to violently hit my head against the wall

A better, more thorough review later
Where do I even start.

I rarely fail to finish books. When I do, it's usually because they are so mind-bogglingly boring that I can't finish.

And sometimes it's because they are so unbelievably infuriating that I actually get a headache and can't continue.

This book falls under category two.

I made it to about chapter three/four before finally forcing myself to put the book away before I could throw it out a window (if it were my own copy, I probably would have done just that, but it's a library boo
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Jan 15, 2014 Hannah rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-classes
I'm reading 5-6 YA books about body image and eating disorders for an honors course. I was probably most excited about this one, and I took two pages of notes as I read it. I'll try to compress them here.

- Jamie is a confident fat girl whose confidence doesn't magically free her from cultural fatphobia, so sometimes she still struggles (e.g., fitting room cries)
- Introduces readers to the idea that most of the "misery" that comes with being fat is society's fault, not the fat person's
- Vaug
Aug 31, 2010 Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 03, 2009 Christine rated it really liked it
This book was fabulous. It completely captured the truth of most teens, who pretend to be fine with who they are, even defensive of it, but deep down hate everything about it and want nothing more than change.
Jamie sets out to break myths about fat girls, and denounces several myths through out the book in her Fat Girl's Manifesto articles, but also reveals several of her insecurities about whether or not 'normal' people really want the fat girl to be their friend or girlfriend.
The only reason i
Unabashedly brilliant. I love the complexity, strength, and voice of the main character. Jamie is snarky and sassy, a teen activist for fat rights and fat acceptance... but no matter how strong a person's convictions, life always has a way of making her question the things she is most sure of. What I love about this book is how it acknowledged Jamie's struggles with her identity as a Proud Fat Girl without in any way taking away from that identity and her main message. You get to know the real p ...more
Denise Vega
Jul 23, 2008 Denise Vega rated it it was amazing
A big departure from TRIGGER, BIG FAT MANIFESTO tells the story of Jamie, who writes a "fat manifesto" for the school newspaper, detailing the prejudice against fat people and her own experiences. When her "large" boyfriend decides to get surgery to shrink his stomach, Jamie goes through a lot of soul-searching to figure out who she really is and how she feels about herself. Jamie is a funny, strong, fabulous character and the book is a wonderful read.
Jul 17, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I was drawn in by the main character, who starts out with an "I'm fat and I don't care who knows it" attitude, but during the course of the novel, reveals progressively more of her true feelings and vulnerability. A great lesson in how to effectively use a first-person narrator.
Caitlin Marie
Dec 13, 2013 Caitlin Marie rated it it was amazing
Best YA book I've read in a very long time, wonderful characters and great plot.
May 04, 2017 Chelsea rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I had a hard time deciding how to rate this book. Maybe 3.5?

While reading I felt a push to keep reading! I wanted to find out what was going to happen, but by the end I'm not sure I felt satisfied. They was also A LOT of PG 13 language that wasn't making me love it. But I felt I learned a lot about the life of obese people and what they have to deal with. I go away a better person with that knowledge so that I can have more compassion.

The love triangle was entertaining.

So would I recommend thi
Jun 06, 2017 Ash rated it really liked it
I definitely think that this is a great book for teens. It has a positive message and also shows the growth a young woman goes through while figuring out who she is.
Jun 01, 2008 Becky rated it it was amazing
Vaught, Susan. 2008. Big Fat Manifesto.

This is the third 2008 novel I've read this year (within the past two weeks actually) that deal with "weight" in one way or another. Each of these books (Looks, Artichoke's Heart, and Big Fat Manifesto) is unique from the others. Each is in some ways flawed. Some more than others, but still none is perfectly perfect.

Jamie D. Carcaterra is a writer on her high school's newspaper. At the beginning of her senior year, Jamie starts a new column. A column she ho
Katie G
3.5/5 Stars
I was so excited when I read the article that this book opens with. I thought, Finally! A book about a fat girl who doesn’t apologize for her size and is actually perfectly happy being fat. Sadly, that’s not at all what this book is. From the opening chapter, it’s clear that Jamie doesn’t really believe what she writes about in her Fat Girl column, at least not completely. She doesn’t eat in public. She cries in the dressing room when she can’t wear a size 13 shirt. The more I read, t

Vaught, S. (2007). Big fat manifesto. New York, NY: Bloomsbury USA Children.

Jamie is fat, or Fat Girl to be exact. She's the loud and proud senior who is hoping to breakdown societal and cultural stereotypes about beauty through her school's newspaper. She has her senior year laid out to be perfect. She's a lead in the school musical. She's going to win the National Feature Award and get a scholarship to a good school. That is until her boyfriend decides to have bariatric surgery, forcing her to
Ravenous Biblioworm
Feb 15, 2012 Ravenous Biblioworm rated it really liked it
In a current society where there is a close obession with diets, health, and obesity, this book’s inner flap told me enough for me to pick up the book. The first page was written well enough to pipe my interest and before I knew it I was done with the book. Jamie is the narrator/protaganist of the story. She is a fat girl, overweight and she feels underappreciated because of her weight. Like Jamie says on the first page of the book, which she had submitted to her school paper, which she is a par ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
This book is SO GOOD. And because “good” is subjective and not an actual literary critique, it was also EFFECTIVE. There were a few things that I felt were problematic, but the good stuff far outweighed them. In the writers of Tumblr populace, there seems to be a fear that writing diversely will lead to a lot of problematic representations. This book is a great example of why we should write diversely anyway and embodies everything I value in fiction:

1. Diversity

Jamie is our lead character, a f
Doug Beatty
Apr 23, 2009 Doug Beatty rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Plot: This is the story of Jamie Carcaterra, AKA Fat Girl, who is the features editor for her school newspaper, the Wire, and writes a column called the Fat Manifesto. Jamie has two friends, Frederica and NoNo, and they help Jamie by entering a thin girls store with a hidden camera and film the reactions of the store clerks to Jamie. Jamie also plays Evilene in the school production of the Wiz. Jamie’s boyfriend, Burke is a football player and informs Jamie that he is going to get bariatric surg ...more
Oksana  *Bookaholic*
Recommend this for:

1) IDK!!
2) Really fat people who wanna be sure that they're better than skinny or normal people
3) People who want to know how to ditch their sick boyfriend for a hotter and smarter guy (maybe this one's a big too harsh)
4) People who want to know the effects of fat-removal surgery
5) People who like to laugh at mean things

I got this book because I wanted to read about the relationship between overweight/normal people, and see what life was like from a perspective from an obese
Sep 11, 2016 Jaslyn rated it it was ok
This book tells the story about an extremely overweight young woman named Jamie who is quite aware that she is fat, fat, fat. She writes for the school newspaper and tells about her life with her boyfriend who's undergoing gastric banding, and the issues that come up with that. It deals with other teen issues like clothing fashion and how she manages her newspaper column getting fame in the local and national news.

I'm not sure why I picked this book up and read it. I think it was because I was c
Sep 07, 2008 Aaron rated it liked it

With all the talk about America's fight with obesity, particularly in relation to our youth, this book is definitely timely. The tale centers around Jamie Carcaterra, a senior in high school who is the features editor for the school newspaper as well as playing Evileen (the witch) in the school's production of The Wiz. She is working hard to succeed because she knows that winning a scholarship is really the only way she is going to get to go to college.

Her main tool for trying to get a scholarsh
Sep 05, 2008 Christian rated it it was ok
For starters, I'd say this book is far from hilarious. As a point of fact, I really didn't like this book. At all. Oprah's Kids Reading List be damned. I'm not even sure now how this book ended up on my To Read list, seeing as how I can't find any reviews of it in the blogs I generally haunt. Even more, any blogger who does mention it (at least the bloggers I'm finding on Technorati) couples it with The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things and Fat Kid Rules the World—two books that I truly ...more
Jul 26, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
"Big Fat Manifesto" is about Jamie, a typical busy high school senior, but the catch is she's obese. Through the course of the books she writes a column for her high school newspaper about what life is like to be an obese teenager in a skinny biased world in the hopes of winning a scholarship.

As much as I wanted to, I just couldn't fall in love with this book. I disliked the main character, she was unnecessarily angry through much of the book and she was much too wishy washy with the things tha
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for

Does the world discriminate against fat people? Jamie Carcaterra thinks they do, and she is out to change things.

Proudly calling herself "Fat Girl," Jamie has started a feature column by the same name in The Wire, her school newspaper. Making people aware of the unfairness suffered by overweight people is her goal. She is also hoping her top-notch journalistic efforts will help her win the National Feature Award which could earn h
Katie Fitzgerald
The strength of this book is in the very real and wonderful voice of a girl struggling with her weight, but in a very outspoken and often humorous way. Narrator Jamie Carcaterra tells us the story of being a fat girl in a thin person's world, through her own experiences interspersed with the Fat Girl column she writes for the school newspaper. Her life is peopled with great secondary characters - her boyfriend, Burke, who chooses to undergo risky gastric bypass surgery, her best friends Freddie ...more
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