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Big Fat Manifesto

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  951 ratings  ·  179 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 world, ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Meg ♥
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
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

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.
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
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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
I disliked this book when I started reading it, mostly because I found the narrator unbearable. I forced myself to finish and I'm glad that I did. The problems I had with Vaught's Jamie were mostly problems that Jamie acknowledged and confronted by novel's end. I was confused throughout most of the early-middle parts of the book as to what the author was doing with her intensely dislikable Jamie. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to disagree (I didn't) when Jamie calls herself a bitch and criticiz ...more
Olivia Brettschneider
This book was a clever twist on a growing societal headline: obesity. This book, told from the view of high school senior Jamie Cartcaterra, is about her struggles or rather her perspective on the "thinking of a very thin world." She goes from confident and hopeful to second guessing everything she has stood for in her column of her school newspaper called Fat Girl. Jamie and her friends, a group of others who stray from the social "norm," make sure to have their opinions heard until certain eve ...more
Alex Templeton
In the midst of reading this book, I was in the midst of shopping for some new clothes. Starting a pregnancy overweight had put me solidly in the "plus-size" category; stores I had shopped in for years were no longer carrying my size. There was a particular kind of humiliation in this that I felt Vaught and her protagonist, Jamie, capture really well, especially in the scene in which Jamie and her much skinnier best friends shop at a trendy teen store in order to document the mistreatment Jamie ...more
Gail Gauthier
"I may have been thinking way too much while I was reading this thing, but I wondered if some people would consider Big Fat Manifesto a "problem" novel, one of those how-do-I-deal-with-this-situation books. Did I feel that way about it? If so, are problem books far more readable if you have a dog in the race, so to speak? Because while I have always been within spitting distance of a normal weight, myself, I come from a family that has been marked by obesity and the many, many, many problems tha ...more
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
"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
Denise Vega
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.
High scho senior Jamie writes articles for her school newspaper about being a fat girl, trying to win a college scholarship. She's also struggling to accept her boyfriend's decision to have gastric bypass surgery.

I'm a big Susan Vaught fan, but THE BIG FAT MANIFESTO fell flat for me. I didn't like the character Jamie, who was incredibly angry, which she tried to hide through veiled attempts at humor. I found empathizing with her difficult, as she wasn't very kind or understanding with her family
Feb 22, 2015 Lenny rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
This book made me uncomfortable, but that’s definitely not a detraction. The story is about a controversial issue (a theme in Vaught’s work) and it doesn’t shy away from being harsh and confronting. I’m not fat the same way Jamie is fat, but I have experienced a lot of what she talks about in her features (shout out to the GP who told me I should lose weight, not because it would be medically beneficial, but to ‘feel better about myself’).

Jamie is one of the most realistic characters I’ve read
I really thought this book was very real and was very honest in its explanation of how being fat or overweight is. The main character, Jamie, actually says something about how books about fat people always end the same way, with the character being skinny, having overcome their terrible fatness. This story basically follows Jamie, aka Fat Girl, who is writing a manifesto about her fat life in the school paper. It kind if becomes a really big deal and really makes Jamie think about the kind of pe ...more
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.
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
I loved this book! I originally thought that I wouldn't like it because it was so modern about modern day teenagers but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it! I did think it was quite cliche that the group of friends consisted of a lesbian, a hippie, the "normal" one, and the jock. But the characters were likeable, especially Jamie, the main character. I loved her attitude; she was feisty. The very last few occurrences (when Jamie ends up cutting off the ties with Burke and went with Heath) were pos ...more
Olivia Barr
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though it was not what I expected! In the beginning I thought it was going to be one of those annoying stereotypical high school girl books. It turned out to be very relatable and not at all stereotypical. The group of friends consisted of a lesbian, hippie, jock and the "normal" one unlike common books that have only jocks being friends with jocks and the rest being outcasts. The characters were very likeable and the one I really connected with most was the m ...more
Caitlin Marie
Best YA book I've read in a very long time, wonderful characters and great plot.
Jamie Carcaterra is a fat girl and very talented girl. She's an actress, a great student, a gifted writer, and she is fat. She has a two great best-friends and wonderful boyfriend Burke. Jamie has decided to take her fight for fat people to a column in the newspaper called My Big Fat Manifesto. In the column she exposes salespeople who are rude, doctors who have lousy ways of dealing with fat teens, and she tells about her boyfriend's Burke's fat surgery. She hopes to win an award with the colum ...more
Drena C
The book I'm reading is called Big Fat Manifesto. The book is about a girl that is very fat and she always gets called names. There are a lot of girls that are bullying her so much she just wants to go home and cry her tires out. The girl wants to loss weight be cause she wants to have more friends cause she never had any friends. There are some people at her school that feel really bad for her because every day after school she walks home by her self alone.

The book I'm reading, I really like. I
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
Ravenous Biblioworm
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
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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started reading this book, the synopsis on the book was pretty telling but reading from cover-to-cover actually felt like part of my life was being described through Jamie. Being an overweight (not the 4X of the protagonist) being back in high school, I always lived with this very different opinion of being a “big” person versus the lives of “normal” people. I never struggled quite like the Jamie but I can definitely say that I

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
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