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In this funny, poignant debut, a plus-size heroine becomes a reality TV show contestant and discovers she's already beautiful enough to be the next big thing.

Kat Larson figured she had nothing to lose by becoming a contestant on the new reality show From Fat to Fabulous-except maybe a few dozen pounds. Then she'd finally be able to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Nick
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Published March 1st 2005 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2005)
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Kate
Kat is a big girl hiding a big secret: she's in love with an Englishman who thinks she's all of a size 4. She hears about a TV show called "From Fat to Fabulous" and decides to enter. She hopes to lose all the weight she needs to before the ravishing Nick (a London fashion designer) enters her life and finds out the truth about her.

Formulaic chick lit, but so not boring. I actually vascillated back and forth. I knew Nick was going to meet her and find out the truth, but I was thinking that perha
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Lindsay
Maybe it's because I'm a little (or a lot) overweight, but books where the main character is chubby and loses weight always interest me. While I know it's just a fictional character, I guess I feel like, if they can do it, so can I.
This book is about Kat who weighs over 200 pounds, and like most chubby girls, is unhappy about her weight. One day her friend Donna shows her a listing in the paper that there is going to be a reality show made to help fat girls get thin. It's a mix between Big Brot
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Kim
Jan 17, 2008 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved
This was a fantastic book. It was a quick, entertaining read that made me laugh and made me tear up a couple times. I highly recommend this one.
Shanu
Aug 11, 2016 Shanu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Janel
Oct 29, 2012 Janel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just loved this! I laughed through the whole thing. The story stars Kat, an average girl, living a safe life, working at a so-so job down in Memphis. She has an online relationship with a guy from England whom she's never met, and hasn't been entirely honest with him....she's overweight (a size 18) and he has no idea, and from what has been said in their conversations, it seems he would not be cool with it! Her best friend at work sees an ad in the paper looking to cast contestants for a new r ...more
Megan
Oct 21, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, more so than I thought I would. There were parts were I got a little irritated, but for the most part, this was a good book. I must have thought so, because I've now read two more by this author. :) Actually, I ended up finishing the last half in one night. Recommended.
Aditi
This book screams out a message: "Size really doesn't matter, Ladies!" Yeah once again another hilarious plot which will definitely make you love yourself more and more!! A light-read and a thoroughly entertaining one!! Good for a lazy-Sunday-afternoon read!
Linda
Feb 14, 2008 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: linda-s-books
Johanna Edwards was the first author to endorse my book Free Style. I wound up buying all of her books. This one is one of my favorites!
Julie
Jul 30, 2007 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
excellent book and so much fun to read. this got me hooked on johanna edwards. a must for anyone who loves chick lit.
Pam
Dec 25, 2016 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chick lit. Kat goes on a reality show to lose weight because her online boyfriend thinks she is a size 4. She keeps waiting to begin life until she is thin. She believes all her problems will be solved when she loses weight. The show is awful to its contestants; Evan is worse after he discovers that she is fat. Kat does, however, grow throughout the book.
Camille
Jan 03, 2017 Camille rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. There were bunch of verb tense mistakes that peeved me but that's not why I gave it 2 stars. It was so so but definitely something that I hadn't read before, the ending kind of fell flat. Thing were moving along and the plot was well maintained throughout the book but then the ending seemed an after thought and kind of smashed onto the end. Although, it was quick read and made me laugh on some parts.
L
Sep 07, 2011 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lynn Marie Hulsman
Having loved Jennifer Weiner's book Good in Bed, I had high hopes for this book, based on the premise. The idea of a reality-show background worked for me, and seemed ok if not exactly fresh. I like The Biggest Loser, so I expected to be taken on an emotional journey, with a learning process, and ultimately, redemption and self-acceptance by the main character.

I started reading the book and quickly found that I was not engaging with the heroine or the storyline. Kat (the main girl) is picked to
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liz
May 06, 2007 liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-slash-junk
So, guess who wants to be the next Jennifer Weiner? If you said Johanna Edwards, you are correct! I did really enjoy this book (I thought it was very cute), especially since my guilty pleasure when I'm tired of, like, thinking is watching reality TV. Our heroine Kat is a feckless PR rep who, at the urging of her loyal best friend, auditions for the reality show "From Fat to Fabulous." And gets picked. She winds up in a house with five other plus-size ladies competing to see who can lose the most ...more
Cassie
Feb 26, 2010 Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Kat Larson is 27 and overweight. She's struggled with her weight all her life and doesn't understand why she can't lose it. When Kat's bestie, Donna, shows her an ad in the paper for a new reality show, From Fat to Fabulous, she's not sure what to think. But then, her internet 'boyfriend', Nick, starts to talk about a face to face meeting - Nick thinks Kat is a size 4 not a size 18 - and Kat decides to take a chance and try out for the show, she's got nothing to lose but the fat. No one is more ...more
Lisa
Nov 15, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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Jen
Apr 20, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, lent-to
Fat girl chick lit, basically. We plus-sized ladies need a little love sometimes too :)

So the premise is that the heroine is a size 18 with an internet boyfriend in a different country - who thinks she's a size 4. She decides to try and get on a new reality show based around big ladies living together in a house, getting cash in their banks for losing weight and winning contests devised by the producers. She gets on the show, her internet boyfriend finds out and turns out to be a complete jerk,
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Nancy S
Kat Larson is overweight and in an online relationship with an Englishman who believes her to be a size 4. So when she hears about a new reality show (From Fat to Fabulous)to lose weight she takes it as a sign that she will finally get the motivation to lose the excess weight so she can finally meet Nick in person and at the same time be a positive role model for overweight people.

The plot is written in a sweet manner and there are some funny parts, though none that make you laugh out loud. It i
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Katy
Sep 17, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 6-drama-other
I wanted to like this book, but found it to be very boring.
Even though I hate to give up on books, I contemplated stopping when I was about 40% through, however after flipping through and reading the very last page, then I decided I had to keep with it to see what happened to get Kat to that point. So I finished it.
I felt like it skipped over a lot of things that would have been important to a weight-loss reality TV show such as the exercise regimens. The book did get more interesting towards
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Jenn Flynn-Shon
When I started back on the journey of more aggressive reading I did a search at my library for Chick-Lit and this was one of the first books to pop up on screen. 'Okay,' I thought, 'There could be something here...' As a recovering reality TV junkie I was fascinated with the storylin. Right off the bat I knew Nick was no good for Kat but was curious to see how that would unfold. Ba-boom! The twist with the show had me dropping my jaw a little bit and laughing with just a hint of tragic irony. It ...more
Kathy
Nov 22, 2007 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From a blog post I wrote in 005:

Another Chick Lit, this one by Johanna Edwards.

This was a pretty good book. The heroine, a size 18 woman, goes on a reality show called From Fat to Fabulous. In addition to the drama of being on the show, she has to deal with her internet/phone relationship with a guy in England who thinks she's a size 4.

The stuff from being on the show seems pretty accurate based on my brief forays into reality TV viewing and her description of life as a 'fat' girl is dead on. A
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Carrie
Jennifer Weiner readalike about a plus size girl from Memphis who auditions for a reality show, "From Fat to Fabulous" in an effort to become the size four that her online boyfriend thinks she is. The usual stories-about-reality-shows hijinks follow, there's the requisite complaining about Lane Bryant, the discovery that the boyfriend is not who she thinks he is, so on and so forth. The main character is annoyingly whiny, but it turns out she's supposed to be, and as long as the book calls her o ...more
Caitlin Moyer
May 13, 2012 Caitlin Moyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fictional story about reality TV. Overweight and out-of-shape Kat Larson finds her life flipped upside down when she is cast in the new weight loss reality show "From Fat to Fabulous" (Think: Biggest Loser) where she finds herself living in house full of women she is never met before. There, she must eat right and exercise in an effort to try to take home the prize-- a hefty paycheck.

On the show, Kat is forced to confront a lot of issues which have been holding her back in life,
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Mary Kay
Jun 04, 2015 Mary Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reason why formulaic books work is because the reading public likes the formula! Such was the case with this book. The story involves Kat Larson, a plus sized woman, who is chosen to appear on a reality show called "From Fat 2 Fabulous". Kat is spunky, strong-willed and speaks her mind, which causes trouble in the mansion with the other contestants. The twist in the plot involves a secret Kat is keeping, and the revelation of the secret reveals more about character than anything else. This w ...more
Susan Bazzett-griffith
If you combine a slightly less original/interesting version of Jennifer Weiner's Good in Bed with a very odd episode of The Biggest Loser and throw in a dash of Harlequin romance, you'll come up with a story that is approximate to The Next Big Thing. The story was an easy, fun read. Edwards makes her heroine Katrina easy enough to relate to and just likable enough to root for, but somehow she seems a bit underwhelming as a whole person. Overall, however, I did enjoy inhaling this bit of fluffy, ...more
Melinda
Jul 04, 2012 Melinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. Kat is a overweight ends up applying for a weight loss tv show. Of course she gets selected and ends up flying out to be on From Fat to Fabulous. She hopes to lose enough weight so that she can finally meet the British hottie she met online - she had told him she was a size 4... Well the show speeded up that little bit and brought Nick on the show as a special guest - obviously he's an ass.
It was a hard book to put down. But Kat frequently annoyed me - she complained a lot. S
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Krista
Jan 18, 2012 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought Edwards first novel was a fun read. The book was well written and I felt compelled to finish the story despite the clock ticking past 3am. There were a couple plot lines, chapters that I felt were unnecessary to the story (Kat wanting to write a novel), and I wish those would have made the cut during editing. However the storyline isn't completely predictable as in most chick lit, which I am very grateful for. Overall I enjoyed Edwards writing style and will probably be picking up her ...more
Rochelle
Jan 25, 2015 Rochelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.. Its been years since I read it, and I find myself every so often remembering this story (especially when seeing a show like "Biggest Loser" come on). I sometimes wish there was a sequel, but honestly, I think it really needs a movie adaptation! Kat is one of the most relatable characters I have had the pleasure of reading, and she makes human mistakes like all of us. What's a little fib about our weight? I won't tell if you won't.
Rachael
Jan 14, 2014 Rachael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, nwh
A nice variation from the typical chick-lit . There of course were annoying bits, like the fact that so many of the girls on the show weren't focusing on exercising when the whole point was to lose weight. Then there were just weird editing things; one character held the phone "balancing between his shoulder blade and ear." You know what they intended but there's quite a difference between shoulder and shoulder blade.
Alice
Jan 31, 2013 Alice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 Very disappointing attempt to describe the life of an overweight girl who ends up on a reality TV show that is suppose to take her from Fat to Fabulous. This was obviously written before The Biggest Loser and all it's success. I was disappointed in the lack of morals of all the characters and in the story itself. Extremely weak. I was suppose to review this for my assisted living ladies, but I think they are going to enjoy Harold Fry a whole lot more!!!
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