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Fatty Patty

(James Bay #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  477 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Small towns, long memories. Everyone in the exclusive summer resort of James Bay, Michigan remembers FATTY PATTY, the chubby little girl with the round face and wild red curls. All grown up now, Patty Perreault teaches at the same elementary school where the painful playground memories still taunt her. She hasn’t forgotten the cruel nickname—plus she still hasn’t lost thos ...more
Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published May 7th 2012 by Kathleen Irene Paterka (first published May 3rd 2012)
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Samantha March
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kathleen Irene Paterka is on tour with Fatty Patty and CLP Blog Tours. This is the first in a series of books that will take place in James Bay, Michigan, and the story follows Patty Perreault, an elementary school teacher who has battled with her weight her whole life. To make matters worse, her twin sister has always been slim, only making Patty’s battle with the bulge that much worse. But Patty is determined to slim down, and hope that her body makeover will give her a better chance at winnin ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Fatty Patty was surely a fun and addictive read. Patty has dealt with being overweight her whole life, and with having a twin sister who is slim and beautiful has always kept her in the shadows, but things start to heat up when Patty starts getting attention from two seperate men; Sam who's quickly becoming her best friend, and Nick who normally would have never paid her any mind, is now showing her a ton of attention.

This was a quick read, and I did find myself picking it up to read it quite fr
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it

The outward appearance is not what's important ... it's the inner beauty that counts when it comes to achieving self-acceptance and finding love and happiness in your life. This is one woman's journey of self-discovery to overcome her weight issues through self-acceptance, while receiving some hard life lessons along the way.

Patty Perreault is a fifth grade elementary school teacher from James Bay, Michigan, who has dealt with the daily struggles of being overweight since childhood. She now teac
Christi Snow
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
My Review

This book is the story of fifth grade teacher, Patty. She's not happy with where she's at in her life and thinks that if she gains control of her weight issues that everything else will quietly fall into place in her world. There are a lot of underlying issues in this book: bullying, shallowness, family, romance, and love. But at the heart of all of it, lies Patty's own issues with herself. She doesn't like herself much and that is what is truly hurting all those aspects of her life tha
Nicola L
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is the first novel in the James Bay series, books set in a small town in Michigan. ‘Fatty Patty’ revolves around fifth grade teacher Patty, who has grown up in the small town, a community where she will always be recognised as a chubby, red-headed little girl and where even now, she is still desperate to lose 30 pounds. Patty feels that her weight is what has presented her from winning a prestigious ‘Teacher of the Year’ award, not to mention put the blinkers on any potential roman
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well liked, beloved friend, sister and fifth grade teacher, Patty Perreault is up for Teacher of the Year. While her “kids” mean everything to her and she loves her job (with the exception of a certain few kids in her class), she’s set on losing weight because she’s worried they won’t pick her for Teacher of the Year because of her weight. She’s determined and ready to start losing weight, but along the way endures internal and relationship struggles.

First there’s Sam Curtis, who she meets while
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2012, romance
I think most people can find some common ground in the idea of the struggle to be happy with yourself. It's a very common issue. We're constantly comparing ourselves to other people and it's easy to become sort of trapped in that idea. In "Fatty Patty," Patty is most definitely lost in that trap. She struggles with her weight and is convinced that if she fixes that issue with herself, she will fix the rest of her life.

Not so fast...

Even at the end of the book, Patty is still struggling with hers
Meredith Schorr
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Patty is a school teacher who has always struggled with her weight and she is convinced that the reason she is passed over for "teacher of the year" every year is because she doesn't "look" the part. She is determined to lose the weight and win the award this year with the help of her twin sister, the gorgeous and thin yet delicate Priscilla. When she meets Sam at the county pool, he takes an immediate interest in her but Sam is a "big" man and so despite how wonderful he is and how irr
Andrea Guy
I wanted to love this book. When I read the synopsis, I thought Patty would be a bit more like Molly from Mike and Molly, but alas she is not. She's really not all that likable. In fact for the most part, she's a character much like the ones that picked on her as a child for being overweight.

Patty should have inspired sympathy, but in the long run, she made you angry with her, plus her weight issues took control of so much of the story including the happily ever after. That was another bone of c
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I've read by Ms. Paterka and will continue to read this series. I seldom write reviews but felt compelled to do so for this book.

Just a few pages into this book, I found myself disliking Patty and it didn't change the further into the book. In fact, my dislike became more so and I found her whole attitude cringe-worthy. I've read a lot of books in my life and can honestly say I don't recall ever disliking a character the way I felt about Patty. All her talk about Amy bein
Lisa (lifeinlit)
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story definitely hit close to home for me. As a woman who has always struggled with her weight, I really felt myself relating to Patty more and more as the story went on. Fatty Patty is fast-paced, enjoyable, and had me giggling out loud several times, fighting back the tears at others.

I loved watching Patty's journey of learning how to deal with her "inner demons". Everyone has issues they need to work through... and Patty definitely had her work cut out for her. Can she figure out how to
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story was great but I had a hard time sympathizing with Patty the main character. She has been overweight her whole life and is trying diet after diet and getting nowhere.

She has always been sensitive about her weight and I can understand and sympathize with that but she meets two different guys who "appear" interested in her. One is a "hunk" and the other is overweight but an all around awesome guy.

Well she falls head over heels naturally for the hunk and treats the other guy the same way
Dec 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
The main character of this book is sooooo annoying. She falls for the pretty boy, is mean to the guy that really likes her because he's overweight, and is constantly trying to loose a few pounds. Ugh. And she's a teacher! she should know better.
Anyway, I kept reading it to see if she'd redeem herself and she did but I spent most of the book annoyed at her and liking the other characters. I guess that's what a book is supposed to do--create an emotional response (and it did).
The author was over
Terri Tinkel
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, light-hearted and yet told the story based on how an overweight woman feels. She has a twin sister who is thin and beautiful and everything that Patty would like to be. She tries so hard, so often, to go on a diet and exercise. Everything she thinks she is making some progress; something happens and she goes right back to eating herself sick. She meets a wonderful man at the pool and in spite of her attraction to him; she keeps hoping that the handsome a ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
It was very hard to get into this story because of the character of Patty. She has all of these goals she wants for herself (to lose weight, become teacher of the year, have a boyfriend, sell the house) but her judgement for her fellow swimmer/accountant made me sick. That and the whining about her weight but then keeping a stash of junk food in the house. I couldn't get more than halfway through this book. I don't recommend it. She reminded me of a spoiled child/someone who plays the victim car ...more
Glynis Astie
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! Kathleen Irene Paterka's writing style is so engaging and the story will hook you immediately. Most people have dealt with the need to lose weight at some point in their lives, which makes the plot line extremely relatable. But there is so much more to the story! When you read this book, you have the joy of meeting an endearing cast of characters as well as watching Patty work to improve herself both inside and out. The book leaves you with a smile on your face and a ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't even sure I would like this book. I am not too big on self depreciating or dieting so the cover and title were a bit of a put off; but it was such a great read. I had trouble sometimes liking the main character but at the same time relating to some of her struggles.

It is the first time in ages I have started reading a book that had me still sitting up past midnight still reading.

Looking forward to reading more from Kathleen Irene Paterka
Christy Wilson
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once the main character got her head out of her ass, the book improved. I wish there were more books like this with "heavier" main characters, because we sexy chubby people like love and romance and passion, and have it, too. I just hate that the book ended with both of them losing weight like how they were wasn't good enough, because that them kind of resonated throughout the story... but all in all, it is my only complaint.
Mar 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
As a big girl, I tried to be understanding of Patty's situation, but I simply couldn't.
I know that she was working through self-respect and self-esteem, but through 3/4-way of the book, she's not particularly likeable.
There are experiences that a character goes through that makes you root for them to have that enlightening moment, but unfortunately for Patty, I had nothing but contempt for her.
G.V.R. Corcillo
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a refreshing, inspirational read! Patty is by no means perfect. She has flaws and foibles but it is empowering to read this story and watch her work her way to being the better, stronger person she wants to be. I was reminded very much of Jane Austen's Emma, as I read this - though I assure you, Patty is not stuck up like Emma! You will come to love Patty and the people in her life, and you will be cheering when you finish this book!
Christine C
Apr 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is supposed to be a very good book. I tried to like it. I really did. But Patty is such an annoying character! I couldn't even get halfway through the book and finally just deleted it. I love flawed main characters, but at least make them likable! I found myself rolling my eyes at her, wishing I could yell at her to grow up, but never once liking her.
Shawn Thompson
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I hoped to fall in love with this book. Didn't happen. There was just nothing wow, or captivating, or even a little exciting, memorable, meat basically. The premise was great, but the characters were dull and predictable. A little more depth and build up of lovable characters no matter their size and a lot less focus on thin=happy, desirable and worthy.
Amber Brooke
This book was a fun entertaining read but not something I would repeat. I found it to be a little too much of a love story for population in the 30s age range. Still a good one time read just for an older generation than myself.
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fun quick read....spent a lot of time yelling at Patty for being mean and for making goo goo eyes at Nick the creep.
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Good story. Gave me, an obese woman, lots to think about. There were quite a few typos though. :-(
Chris Humphrey
May 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
If you like adults about as mature as the 5th graders they are teaching you will like this book.
Melanie Page
Apr 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fat-characters, dnf
I must be an idiot, because I did not read the entire book synopsis, which is plainly there, asking the main character to put down the fork so she can find love. Instead I saw "Michigan" and that cute cupcake cover and bought this stupid book. The first couple of paragraphs have the following gems:

"Brand new body. Brand new me."

"That's what I love about starting a new diet. The world seems bright and shiny and I'm filled with happy hope."

"I've got the smarts, I just don't have the body."

"This ug
Merry Golding
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story! Kathleen brought the Patty in me back to reality.

I loved the storyline. Patty is an amazing character. Her struggles and triumphs encouraged me to become a "new me".
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
love the book!!!!!!
Leta Hawk
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
For the most part, this was a light, enjoyable read. The plot, while fairly predictable, flowed well and didn't have any major inconsistencies. I have to be honest in saying that I really had a hard time sympathizing with Patty. While I really felt her struggle with turning to food every time something went wrong, or when she was surrounded by tasty treats, I could barely stomach her as a person. She seemed very self-centered and at times not very nice to those she loved, which honestly made me ...more
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Kathleen Irene Paterka is an Amazon Bestselling Author of Women's Fiction. Her women's fiction novel, THE OTHER WIFE, was released February of 2015, while her novel SECRETS OF THE ROYAL WEDDING CHAPEL provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of Las Vegas wedding chapels, royalty, romance and brides. Readers of women's fiction will enjoy Kathleen's other novels, including FATTY PATTY, HOME FIR ...more

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