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Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  7,386 ratings  ·  847 reviews
It’s stupid to fall for your brother’s ex. It’s even worse to enlist another’s help to win the ex over. But Brody is desperate and Hayley, his partner in American Sign Language, is more than willing to lend him a few tips.

She’s the school’s matchmaker,’ and with her bizarre and positive personality, Brody finds her easy to talk to, even about the most awkward situations.
Kindle Edition, 203 pages
Published December 16th 2013 by CookieLynn Publishing (first published January 7th 2013)
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I see from the high ratings this book has received that a lot of people like it. I can't really fault them for that since it is a rather cute premise and reading it wasn't torture. I've had a little while to think things through, however, and....well, I'm not entirely sure about this, but I think I just might be a bit more critical than the average reader.

As stated previously, the premise is good. Sadly, premise (and the author's intent) do not always translate to a good read. Reasons I Fell fo
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

I have had some fairly good luck with contemps lately. This and Losing It getting 5 stars from me within a month? Thats monumental! I think maybe the trick is for me to stick to the funny contemps.

Reason 1: You know how to sign the word 'balls'
Reason 2: You walk with a book on your head
Reason 3: You know how to make awkward less awkward
Reason 4: Its easy with you
Reason 5. You know how to make a guy feel pretty good about himself
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One word to describe this book...

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Thats what Hayley would say anyway! This was a short (only took a little over 2 hours to read) but super cute and funny book! Just what I needed after the emotionally taxing reading week I've had!

One of the best things about this book was it was from the guys perspective (which I love). Brody- I loved me some Brody!

Brody is a popular guy who has the hots for his older brothers ex. He becomes friends with Hayley. Hayley decides to help him get the girl. Sounds
Jolene Perry
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HILarious and SO real with an incredible voice.
This is a laugh out loud funny book with some fun smexy moments thrown in and a great love story.
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
Four Stars

How could I want anyone else? She’s amazing, that girl. Damn sexy, funny, and just knows how to make me feel…all that crap you’re suppose to feel when you’re with the girl you just have to be around.
I need her.
No. I crave her.

First off, do not get let the not so great title of this book steer you away. If I can be honest, it almost made me not want to read this book. The cover is cute and I really like it, but the title? Not so much. I hate that word: Fat. I’ve always had a comple
Nitzan Schwarz
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Here is a book I knew I wanted to read the second I read the title. I found it b accident, and I'm so glad I did. As someone who feels like "the funny fat friend", this book was perfect for me. Now, do not mistake; Brody, the main characters, does not find Hayley “fat”. That’s Hayley’s idea of herself.
I came out of the read feeling hopeful and happy for myself, which I think is a wonderful thing.
More than half the time, girls who thin
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
Awesomesauce. Seriously. Absolutely fantastic light, happy, fun, touching YA read.

I LOVED that the book was all from Brody's POV. The inner dialogue of a teenage guy certainly was entertaining.

"The room is too hot. All the sweat makes my clothes stick to my balls. Man, if Quynn walks in right when I'm adjust myself I may as well sniff my hand afterwards too, since that's how attractive I'll look.
Ok Brody, be quick about this. Be cool. How do you look cool when you scratch yourself? She's s
• Lisa •
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I could not put this book down. I cant decide what i Loved most - The adorable chapter titles, the male POV or the quite frankly amazing witty writing. I.LOVED. THIS. BOOK.

Refreshing, laugh out loud funny, cute as can be, tummy going crazy first smooch, nothing beats a well written teeny bopper book.

Easy 4 stars from me and a welcome break from the over sexed mini drama's I've been reading of late.
Laura Martinelli
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, ebook
There was an article that I read back in September that brought up the fact that despite the near-inclusiveness of YA books, fat people were still not as highlighted nor embraced as mainstream characters, and that fat-shaming was one of the few remaining acceptable targets. While I’m all for being healthy (I know that I ought to be better with my diet), I hate fat-shaming. I detest the yearly onslaught of “New Year’s Resolution- Lose X Pounds!”; I hate the criticism of a perfectly healthy person ...more
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can I rate this like 100 1/2 stars? That's what it deserves. Hell, I'd give it 200 1/2 stars if I could.

This is a phenomenally honest and funny and romantic and, yes, sexy read. Did I mention the funny? It is hilarious. It contains one of the best descriptions of a first kiss I've ever read (and you guys know how many kisses I read weekly. I have to be some kind of expert on reading kisses by now, right?)

Brody and Hayley are so exquisitely true and written so well that I swear they jump off th
A. Bookzilla.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, clean-read

I have a stupid grin on my face right now, because I so needed to read something like this today. It was really really cute and sweet, and just the perfect amount of mush mush, but it's mush mush that doesn't make you gag.

First I have to say that I loved the way this was written. It was funny, and real and not once was I bored. Seriously, the story flows so naturally, it was a joy to read. The characters are realistic, and there's crazy chemistry between Brody and Hayley.
For those wonder
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
If I weren't so stingy with 5 stars, this book would get them all. It was a quick enjoyable read. In fact, at some point I just didn't stop reading until done. Though it was a love story set in high school, the characters were mature enough to be enjoyable to me.

UPDATE: I originally gave this book four stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but didn't think I'd ever read it again. Then, just a few months after reading it for the first time, I picked it up again as something, fun, quick, and light to r
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
Yes! Now this is how you do a YA book! Brody and Hayley were such loveable characters who were both working through their own insecurities while trying to get a handle on turning their friendship into a romantic relationship. It was so cute and so fun and no crazy over the top teenage drama.

5 Stars
Contemporary Young Adult Romance
Single POV: Hero
Heat Level: Mild
Re-read 30th-31st March & loved it just as much!! Couldn't put it down even though I knew what was going to happen!!! Helped me out of my book funk :D

I LOVED this book.

D'ya know the way sometimes you finish a book and it makes you feel all gooey inside & grinning like an idiot and all swoony & shit???? Well this is how I felt when I finished this gorgeous, sweet uplifting story.

I loved Brody...though it took me a couple of pages to get into his head & speech but once I was in I just couldn't let
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-4.5 stars

This book it's just lovely. Now i need a boy like Brody for myself :(
Kellie Maddox-Ward
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-na

This really was the sweetest thing.
This is the story of Brody and Hayley.

It was actually a breath of fresh air to read a easy, sweet, clean YA. Don’t get me wrong there are issues that are covered in here but not in details. I’ll tell you more about that later.


Brody is not a man-whore *GASP* I know right?! He is kinda shy, and not all the experienced with girls.
He is actually pining over his brothers ex-girlfriend.

Hayley refers to herself as the FFF – The Funny Fat Friend.
Anna D.
Freakin' Amazeballs! What a fun read… from start to finish!

First off, boy do I LOVE that it’s from the guy’s POV…the whole book!! As much as I love Hayley’s character I was a smitten kitten with Brody and I was over the moon it was from his POV. It also helped that the guy is funny and has a bunch of random and super adorable –and embarrassing - thoughts we’re privy to. Before I go on and on about Brody, let’s not forget that this book has an awesome heroine. She’s smart, fun, has a great pers
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
0 Star. DNF. 11% in to this book & I'm sorry I'm dumping it.

Ya know

Gangster talk for no rhyme no reason out of a normal guy's mouth is weird.

OHK!! How old is he again? Because he's talking about going through puberty.. that happens when we are 12-13 how much I remember.
And his brother lives alone, and the ex is in his class... :S AND how much I caught on, the ex lived with the brother..

This guy seriously n
1. Awesomesauce!
2. Things that rhyme with fart!
3. Mad texting skills!
4. Nobody does gangsta like you
5. I envy your lingo.
6. I question your taste buds.
7. Long live the drama queen.
8. Girl has moves you haven't seen yet.
9. Breaking the sexiness scale.
10. FHF
11. He'll throw down against blood for you girl!
12. Together under the needle.
13. Oozing the gooey crap
14. Don't trust a girl who cheats! ( it's not what you think )
15. Smokey eyed
16. Finally! The list and the KISS!!!!
Jenny Morris
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is one of those books you read and go, THANK YOU, for finally writing something like this. Brody is sweet and sensitive but still such a boy. Which is why I love him so much. And Hayley had me dying laughing through the whole book. This is one of those fun reads that will have you falling in love with these characters. And so happy that real romance still exists.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the story in this book. The characters are likeable, and I can relate to Hayley. Although, I'm more like the 'shy fat friend' rather than the funny one. The author does a great job of showing how girls who aren't a size two really feel, why they feel that way, and how hard it is to convince them that they are more than that.

I like the way the chapter headings are listed as the reasons that are alluded to in the title of the book, and how those reasons tie into the end of the story
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I think it's happened to all of us. You see a book the Amazon recommendation carousel, the cover snags your eye, the title snags your attention, the synopsis looks good, and, what the hell, it's only $3 so why not?

Then you read it and you groan...knowing suddenly why.

Every now and then, though, you get one like Reasons. You can't put it down, you hate the 'falling asleep' feeling and fight to stay awake so you can keep reading, first thing you do on Sunday morning after checking email is coffee,
Kath S
Sweetest. Book. Ever


I enjoyed it so much and I’m pretty surprised because I did not expect it.

It’s a lovely story and I love Brody and Hayley, and they are a perfect couple.

Brody is a very special boy. He’s funny, shy (and that’s freaking cute) and such a boy with all this hormones! He’s hot and doesn’t care about it (how cute!)… He’s just lovely and cute (clearly :D). I really like him because he’s a very normal teenager and not a player like all the other boys in YA books.


And Hayley… OMG, she’
Trinity Hanrahan
JUNE 14, 2013

Just finished the book... and it was just so damn SWEET!! :-)

There were parts of it where I was just thinking to myself:

I love the ending... It just made me go all, "Awwwww...".

And I determined that for them:

Should you read this book? Yes! Would an older age group enjoy it? I think so... it reminded me of when I was in middle school/high school. I think it applies to any time period! VERY good book! :-)

JUNE 12, 2013

Awwww... this book is just so:

And it just is so cute when h
K. O'Brien
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was a girl, reading gave me more than just pleasure. It helped me feel not so alone, gave me a sense of the world as a bigger place than my small southern town.

I grew up to write young adult fiction, so I could pass on that gift. Kids have it hard - they deal with a lot - and it's nice to think writing can help them feel like they are part of something greater, like they are more than what their peers or their parents say they are.

This book does that. It provides hope that, despite the wh
Rating: 3 stars for the first half of he book, -100 stars at about 2/3 of the book.
Disclaimer: I got mad at the 88% mark and DNF. Be warned, there's a lot of angry ranting in this review.

I am SO MAD right now that I can't even. This book started off great and there are things I really liked about it, but about halfway through some stuff started to piss me off. I decided to carry on because I really did like the story, but now I'm at the 88% mark and I can't read 1 more page or I'll blow up, or k
Greice Marques
I mean, come on....Look at the title of this book. It's perfect. And the book is so darn cute. Darn because Brody can't swear next to Hayley, she doesn't like that ;)
I mean I instantly related to the title, because...well... I was the funny fat friend. Ok. Maybe not funny, but from my group of friends I was the fat one, or the "less beautiful" ( ugly is a harsh word). You know, that girl that is friends with the girls and their boyfriends or dates but never actually has a date? That was me! Stil
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ohh, I know a book is brilliant when I have so many thoughts, they refuse to form an orderly queue so I can write them down sensibly! But I'll give it a try!

Reasons I Fell In Love With This Book:

1. The characters ROCK! Becca Ann makes writing boy POV look like the easiest thing in the world (and it's really not!)

2. Hayley is someone everyone can relate to. She represents the insecure girl that lives in every female, young or old.

3. There is no let up in the action. Those parts of a book where
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, funny
I rarely read YA books, since I prefer NA and adult novels, but this one was so cute! It's a short, light and funny book that can be easily read in one sitting.
Brody is the perfect guy, not only handsome on the outside, but also sweet, protective and considerate. And Hailey is so funny and easygoing that it's impossible not to love her.
I felt very sorry for her because I know what it's like when people judge you superficially by your appearance and when even the ones that are closer to you, don'
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Initial Thoughts*

Yes...I pulled an all-nighter just to finish. It's just that full of awesomesauce lol. Full review to come soon, but now it's time to sleep.

*Full Review*

This is the kind of book you hope for when you buy a book. No, it's not something groundbreaking and serious, but it's a book that has a whole lot of heart and a great sense of humor. It's a light read touching on some topics that are serious, such as self-worth and stigmas attached to people who are not 'the norm', but it does
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CASSIE MAE is the author of a few hundred—okay, maybe not that many—books, some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun.

Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she’s signed several Romance titles with Random House Loveswept,

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“Reason fourteen.” I press my forehead against hers, locking her in my gaze. “You are so beautiful. Inside and out. I don’t just need you. I crave you. Everything about you. You are the only person I’ve felt this way about. You’re my best friend.” 48 likes
“He chuckles. “I won’t pry, but I should probably get some discipline in here somewhere. Or some fatherly advice. What’s your poison?”
See? Cool Dad. I stand up, shakin’ my head. “Just tell me how one girl can make me act like a psycho, then I’ll be on my way.”
“You know, I’m still tryin’ to figure that out.”
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