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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

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  26,676 ratings  ·  1,950 reviews
"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 dri ...more
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Published May 6th 2008 by NAL (first published May 1st 2008)
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Robin Rountree
May 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chicklit
I wanted to like this book better, really I did.

But the author's writing style grates on me after a while and I really feel so much of this book was filler. She proposed a book about her experiences with weight loss, and then spends too much of the book talking about her book proposal. For most of the book she's failing miserably at her goals. Then in the last third of the book she finally kicks into gear. I appreciate how she makes fun of the weight loss experience, but sometimes I wanted to sh
Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Memoirs By Nature Are Narcissistic
Think about it. You are the writer. The subject is you. The story is of your experiences based on the ideas generated by you. You have to spend a lot of time with yourself and like yourself enough to put it out there for the world to judge. And they DO judge!

This first person account starts out with the in-your-face notion that she's a fat beyotch, a hearty eater (bring on the butter) and a mean girl to boot. Look out soccer moms and Stepford wives, this is the
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm on page 200 of this's almost 400 pages long and it's a memoir. She's STILL debating whether or not to go on a diet (she's a size 24). This book makes me hungry because she CONSTANTLY talks about food. It's an easy read and she's funny (loving the footnotes) but she's puts being a procrastinator to a whole new level. Let you know if the next 200 pages are worth the read. Right now I feel like exercising and taking a cooking class all at the same time.
Bruce Henderson
Jun 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody.
Recommended to Bruce by: Book club selection -- we gave it a shot hoping for the best.
Not my normal cuppa joe, but it might prove to be worthwhile. Thus far, the book's main character, the author herself, proves to be narcissistic to the point of bombasticism. Not a good combination. On top of that, she's in a constant state of denial about herself and rationalizes differing opinions until she's focused all of her attentions back on herself. She reminds me of a character in Confederacy of Dunces, Ignatius J. Reilly.

...Okay, I finished this book a few weeks ago. I'm not the better
Oct 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Judy by: Samantha Wills
Now this book didn't really rate a 5, but it is certainly in 4.5 territory. I loved this book. It's for all of the women who have struggled to lose weight and have been subjected to comments like "You have such a pretty face." I don't get that particular remark. I more often hear, "You in the white skirt, would you mind bending over so that I can show my Right to Life filmstrip on your butt." No, that's not true. Sometimes it's a video about how the surge has made us more protected and how the r ...more
Emily Crow
Aug 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-hated
I picked this up at the library because I enjoy funny memoirs, and who can't relate to weight loss tribulations? It was OK at first, but I soon became bored with the author's interminable, rambling anecdotes. One chapter about driving around the freeway when she's afraid to merge, while one of her friends wants to stop at every Starbucks, was particularly dull. And it went on forever. Well, humor is very hit or miss, so I don't hold it against her that I only had a couple laugh out loud moments. ...more
Sep 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Ashley by: Aubrey Monks
Shelves: tried-to-read
I just couldn't take it any longer. This women is crazy. All she does is think about food and herself. As her boyfriend is talking she's freaking thinking about mac & cheese. Never once did I find her funny, just annoying.
I got about 6 chapters in and then decided enough was enough.
It was okay but I wish I got more?

I liked getting to know Jen because she's completely human. She has set a goal to lose some weight but along the journey.. she fails, a lot. I love how she always thought of food.. it's like me with food, puppies, wine, books, etc. I laughed so hard when she was thinking about mac and cheese while her boyfriend was talking to her.. BECAUSE WHO DOESN'T DAYDREAM ABOUT MAC AND CHEESE? Murderers don't.

I feel like maybe she's the queen of procrastination because it
So if I didn't love Jen Lancaster from her first two books, I certainly do from this. I bought this last year (and went to my first book signing!), but as the year got later and later, I somehow got it into my head that I would wait to read it until this year started. Some of that subliminal New Year's Revolutionism, I suppose.

With the advent of 2009, I'm not only at my very biggest weight ever; I'm fully ready to do something about it. The funny thing for me about January and the gym? I hate go
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I picked this book up on a whim: I'm a fat woman who lost a lot of weight and then gained it back, but I wasn't looking for motivation or miserable company. I just wanted a good story. PRETTY FAT did not deliver. I've never read any of the author's other books, and now I have no desire to. Jen Lancaster, despite the blurbs on the book cover, is not wickedly funny; she is trite, condescending, small-minded, and very, very smug. The writing is dated and unimaginative, and the "humor" self-serving. ...more
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone with a body image issue, anyone in need of a good laugh
Shelves: my-self-help
I love Jen Lancaster. She's hysterical. Before I even looked at her photo in the back of the book I had an image of her in my head from the first sentence. She's a potty mouth extraordinaire (love it!), she has insane amounts of self-esteem (jealous!), and had me laughing at least every other page. And not just snickering - guffawing. As in, Jonathan turns around and looks at me funny and I feel like I have to read him the passage that cracked me up. She's not afraid to tell you what she really ...more
May 12, 2008 added it
Page before the prologue page

quote 1. that stupid weight watchers quote
Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels."

quote #2. by the author
"Weight Watchers can kiss the fattest part of my ass."


Don't you just want to stab Kirstie Ally in the eye with a fork?
Just bitch slap too cute and cuddly Valerie Bertinelli?
We all know it -- we've all been on at least five in our lifetime.
While Jenny Craig gets richer and Weight Watchers makes
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
The usual from Jen Lancaster. It had it moments but when I am done with her books, I am mad at myself for having bought them.
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir
OK, so I spent most of this book absolutely hating Jen Lancaster. Here is a chick who doesn't have to go to work--she stays home and writes full-time--yet she can't get her ass to the gym. If I had the opportunity to stay home and write full-time, I wouldn't be wasting all my time looking at videos of sneezing pandas on the internet--I'd be working out or doing yoga every damn morning and writing all damn afternoon. (Just in case, you know, anyone wants to fund that or anything.) So, I hated Jen ...more
Anastasia Riebs
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it

This is NOT a feminist memoir.

Or is it?

I'm a fan of reading books on women's issues and feminism, and I generally shy away from books that attack less-empowered women, but I have to say; Jen Lancaster's bitching definitely works in her favor.

I've just finished re-reading Such a Pretty Fat, and, just like the virgin read, by the time I closed this book's cover, I felt both a vicarious giddy, ridiculous self-acceptance, and a also little smug.

Such a Pretty Fat is a memoir chronicling the author's
Kathie H
Jul 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one!
Recommended to Kathie by: (curse them)
The WORST book I have ever read, without exception. What a slog. It was like being tortured. The only reason I continued to read to the end is because I was completely incredulous that the book could actually get continually worse (& it did, OH how it did).

I stand in awe that Jen Lancaster could actually have gotten published. I have lost faith in American publishing if this manure could be published by any respectable publishing house.

I usually don't buy books, but I'd been recommended this
Such a Pretty Fat is a memoir written by author Jen Lancaster that documents her personal weight loss journey. I thought this book was hilarious and brutally honest when it comes to societal, family, and personal factors that contribute to weight struggles for some. I just loved this book!

My favorite thing about this book: I found it refreshing to see the writer publicly laugh at herself and the whole health-changing journey she was on. Sarcasm is my favorite type of humor and this book is full
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely every woman needs to read this book. “I can't believe anyone would voluntarily run 26 miles. Sometimes I sit on the couch cross-legged because I don't feel like walking to the bathroom.” ― Jen Lancaster. The memoir of a woman on the adventure of weight-loss, that's hilarious and brutally honest when it comes to societal, family, and personal factors that contribute to weight struggles. Jen Lancaster has a gift with words and sarcasm. This book had me laughing from start to finish. It ...more
Ivy Deluca
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
I read this memoir when it first came out and loved it. Just discovered the audiobook on Scribd, so decided to listen to it on the way to work. Had to fix my makeup when I got to my parking garage because I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes.

Full review later, but

The Bottom Line
I can't recommend this book(in any format) enough. If you're a woman and have ever struggled weight loss, or you just like funny books, check it out.
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
Hard to get into with all of the footnotes. Surprised because this reads like a fictional story of a made up character - yet it is about the author, so why the foot notes? Committed to finishing it though and am hoping it gets better. Wanted a funny beach read and so far this is not it!
Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
Some people may find her offensive - I think she's really funny and it is getting me through the diet phase I am in right now...
3 stars is a good rating from me - I would recommend this book, she is hysterical!
I would definitely read something else by her.
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you like Jen Lancaster and you're a fattie, then you'll probably love this book. If you like Jen Lancaster and you're not a fattie, you probably won't get it and you'll wonder why fat people can't just EAT LESS.
Jul 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was the first book by Jen Lancaster I've read, and I'm not sure I would have enjoyed her caustically comedic style in either of her other books, but when used in discussion of dieting and the diet industry, it definitely worked, at least for me.

_Such a Pretty Fat_ is the story of Jen's personal quest to get healthier. Part of what makes the book so charming is that, unlike other protagonists of dieting books/memoirs, she doesn't hate herself, hate her size, or hate food. She loves and adore
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: sarcatic, mean, snarky people
I'm gonna steal this line from another review I just read: I wanted to like this book. I really did.

And don't get me wrong, there were parts I could really relate to--starting and stopping diets, getting derailed easily, looking for the next quick fix, *knowing* how dangerous it is to be overweight but not having the motivation to do anything about it, etc.

But her writing just got on my nerves. She was a little too mean at times, recycled a lot of her jokes, and filled her margins with unnecessa
Aug 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who love light-hearted memoirs
Shelves: memoir
Speaking of funny books and brain candy... (I just was in my review of Fearless Fourteen.)

This book qualifies as both. I admit that I read this book with some trepidation. I enjoyed her first book, Bitter Is The New Black and read it with great pleasure. I even gave it to a few friends as gifts. I was thrilled when her second book came out. What a disappointment that was! I kept thinking When are they going to grow up??? What adult drinks like that? That often?? College was over a while back, h
Dec 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: diet fanatics, fiiiine looking women everywhere, those that want to slap their personal trainers
Lots of women have the realization at one point in their lives that they are overweight or unhealthy. Every single one of these women also has a story about the desperate attempts to lose weight and resemble Kate Moss. Usually the commen theme in all these stories is self-loathing of fat and a vicious cycle of binging and hating. What I found so refreshing and lovely about this book is the fact that Jen Lancaster never allows herself to sink into a pit of self loathing. She will tell you herself ...more
In Jen Lancaster's third memoir, she is chronicling her attempt at losing weight.

This is another funny, entertaining book by Jen. I particularly identified with her in the first half of the book - she knows she should lose weight, but the motivation just isn't there: "I'm certainly thinking about [dieting] 24/7. Then my mind goes back to a life not eating cookies and I wonder why I'd even bother, since life wouldn't be worth living." Jen does try a few different diets, and she hires a personal
Leah K
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster


When it comes to a good laugh and an easy read, Jen Lancaster never disappoints. In her third memoir, Such a Pretty Fat, Jen takes us through her journey of weight loss and her many other adventures. While I didn’t always find myself laughing out loud, I almost always had a smirk on my face during the reading of this book. Lancaster is sarcastic and doesn’t hold back on her feelings. She is a very relatable woman. I found myself nodding in several places in
Amy Hatvany
Apr 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Some extremely funny, sardonic observations in this light-hearted look at the perils of losing weight. The only thing missing is any of the true psychic pain society inflicts on people who are significantly overweight. Yes, there are plenty of hilarious, smart-ass ways to look at being fat. However, most of those who struggle with weight - women, especially - suffer deep-seated shame and anger with themselves for not being able to get a handle on what seems to be a simple issue of eating less an ...more
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really don't know why I like these books as much as I do, but I do. This one focuses somewhat on the author's quest to become more healthy through diet and exercise, but is not particularly one of those inspirational self-help type books. Instead, the author is as snarky and self-centered as ever and shares her sucesses and failures equally. I read this as a library book, but will be buying it to add to my own personal library as soon as I can.
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Jen Lancaster is the author of her own memoirs including: as Bitter is the New Black, Bright Lights, Big Ass, Such A Pretty Fat, Pretty in Plaid, My Fair Lazy, and the newest: Jeneration X.

She has also dabbled with fiction in her first book, If You Were Here.
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