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The Fat Boy Chronicles

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  269 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
"I'm the diet-challenged kid who sits in the last seat by the door. I'm probably bigger now than I was this morning because your class is right after lunch and homeroom," writes Jimmy Winterpock. At age fourteen, 5'5" Jimmy weighs 187 pounds. Outside the comfort of his family and church, life for Jimmy is a constant struggle. The cruel taunts of his classmates make going t ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Hi Def Media Group (first published February 1st 2009)
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Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Tammie by: Teacher
IT WAS A FANTASTIC BOOOK! My teacher read it to me and it was fuuny and sad! LOVED IT! I RECCOMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE! This is on of my top 5 favorite books! But what i hate is that my teacher wouldnt read out the party scene or any other bad scence so right now im going to be reading the parts me and my class mates missed out on!
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was just wow. I like how the main character Jimmy was portrayed. He was 5'5 and 187 pounds. He was a Freshmen in a new high school. his family always moved him for some reason. He was a friendly person but he had no friends. On his first day of school he sat with this other loner kid and was not so great. He was pushed around by the jocks. In gym class he was called piggy. one time in order to make friends he decided to dare a "friend" to run across the gym and back in his underpants. ...more
Alex Schwartz
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My cousin called me and said, You need to read this book! Its called 'The Fat Boy Chronicles'. I know it sounds a little weird, but it's a true story and it is amazing!!" So, I listened to her and I started reading the book. I don't know what happened to me, but all of a sudden I felt like I was in the book. I could not look away, even if I tried. The book was just that good.

The book is about a boy named Jimmy Winterpock. He is only 5'5 at 14 years old, but he weighs 187 pounds. He knows that th
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by YA Librarian Elizabeth for

THE FAT BOY CHRONICLES is inspired by a true story.

14-year-old Jimmy has to write a diary about his life for English class. He reluctantly does this, even though he thinks it is lame, but soon opens up about his struggles: being at a new school, and constantly and cruelly being teased for being overweight.

Jimmy and his best friend, Paul, drift apart when Paul becomes overwhelmed by family problems and obsessed with proving his neighbor is th
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because it is part of the OverDrive Summer reading initiative. It is aimed at students in grades 6-12. I had to make myself stop reading and go to sleep last night which is a sign of a good book for me, but it made me sad. I wondered if some of my students have been bullied behind my back like Jimmy was. I want to remember this book and be extra vigilant for students who might be bullied in the future. I also won't be so quick to let a comment slide if a student tells me "it's o ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I met David and Diane at a conference in New Orleans, and after listening to them read a selection and then discuss the premise of how the book came to be, I bought it and had them sign it.
I believe this book is a book that parents and teachers should read. I was very glad that Jimmy's story is one of hope and that through hard work and effort, you can change a bad situation for the better. This story is being made into a movie, and certainly one I will show to my classes.
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Lynn Gagnon
I really liked the main character in this book. He was believable, courageous, and genuinely cared about those around him. This is an excellent book about managing and living through being bullied. The story line allows readers to experience how a few thoughtless words can have a huge negative impact on another's life. It's not always apparent what another person is going through, and thisIt also emphasized how important friends are in this stage of life. At times, it can be preachy and illustra ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a terrific book! As a teacher, the voice of the narrator is sincere and true. I don't know if I've ever read another YA book that was as believable in how the characters are portrayed. I cheered and laughed throughout the majority of it. It was refreshing to see that church was a place that the young boy felt accepted, as many YA novels take a different approach. Also, the fact that it was inspired/based on a true story made the story even better. Please read it! I loaned my copy to a st ...more
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and finished it in one day (thank you, summer vacation!). The narrator is a ninth grade boy who is writing this journal as a school assignment and his description of the struggles he encounters starting at a new school as an overweight student with no friends. I enjoyed the narrator's intelligent, thoughtful, and well-meaning character throughout the story, as opposed to some other novels' high school male narrators who tend to be aloof and annoying to me (Catcher in the ...more
Betsy Brown
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I met the authors at the International Reading Association conference in May. I purchased the book because I have a soon-to-be step-grandson who has faced bullying and peer-horrors. This book was an eye-opener. It is so difficult for parents and teachers to see the destruction of words. Every teacher needs to read this book. It should be on the required reading list for every middle school in the country, but to be read as a discussion book in a class, not just a homework project.
Sean Kottke
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, ya
Read for a column on bullying and weight issues. A solidly relatable and inspirational narrative of coping with bullying. Like Perks of Being a Wallflower, it's notable for its braiding with classic novels on similar themes, read and remarked upon by the protagonist.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ms, reality
Journal form, based on a true story, of a boy's struggle with bullying and obesity. He ultimately is motivated to lose weight, and things begin to turn around, but his inner voice in the journal comes across as realistic and spot on.
Kathie Bryant
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Anyone can relate to this book. Those who are bullied, find hope. Those who are bullies, find forgiveness. A must read for everyone.
Tess Brewer
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book had a great message about body image and accepting others.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liked the ending. True words spoken.
Hannah Carlin
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was very inspiring to me and made me rethink how I talk to people and who I talk to and who I ignore.
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this for a book study. Alot of good discussion came from it.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Great book. I would love to use it for middle school, but a lot of parts are too old, so I would have to leave out some parts.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is very inspiring and shows what the life of a overweight kid is like.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, library-rental
A great book for anyone who works with children/teenagers. I'd also recommend it to all parents.
Lemuel Irabor
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I ever read..

Based on a true story,The Fat Boy Chronicles tells of Jimmy's travails growing up as the most corpulent kid in school.
Karis (YA Litwit) Jacobstein
This book would be a great in-class read-and-discuss for students, grades 8 or 9 and up. It is written in journal form, by a 9th grade boy who happens to be obese. He chronicles his feelings as he goes on a personal journey over the course of his freshman year, starting out as the "fat kid" that everyone picks on, and ending up, through enormous strength of will, 60 lbs lighter. Sadly, some kids still pick on him, even when he is no longer the "fat kid", but overall his life improves in many way ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Diane Lang and Daivd Buchanan's book "The fat boy chronicles" is a really good book. It's about a 15 year old boy name Jimmy Winterpock. He starts his freshman year horrible because everyone teases him about his weight. He's currently 5"5 and weighs about 187 pounds. His first day of school, his English teacher, Mrs. Pope, assigns them to write in journals twice a week for the whole school year. He writes down everything that he does, for example, when Nate Hammer, a popular kid, tends to make f ...more
James Vachowski
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-boys-like
Jimmy Winterpock always gets teased by the football team for being fat. He’s not just a little overweight, mind you, but just plain fat. Thanks to a writing journal kept for his English class, we get to follow along over the course of the school year as Jimmy works to slim down with healthy lifestyle changes. Jimmy is thrilled to see the changes in his body, and along the way he discovers that nearly all of his school friends have some kind of personal problems as well.

Even though this book seem
Andrea Mullarkey
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
It’s time to take a break from YA lit. I know this because this book should have been a hit with me but instead I just feel meh. The story of an obese high school freshman told through his journals, The Fat Boy Chronicles fell sort of flat. Jimmy is a likable enough character, the fat kid in the back row of class that we all remember from our own high school experience. He is bullied and beaten and taken advantage of. And through this he writes with honesty about the struggles to stay engaged an ...more
Sally Kruger
Based on a true story, THE FAT BOY CHRONICLES tells of Jimmy Winterpock, an overweight teen struggling to fit into high school.

Assigned to write in a journal for English class, Jimmy writes about his trials and tribulations as a fat kid. Fortunately, his family and church offer Jimmy support which enables him to deal with the bullying he encounters on a daily basis while at school.

Readers shouldn't worry that Jimmy's story is completely depressing. He also writes entries about a local murder and
Nov 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
I hated this book. Not only was it poorly written and dull, but it was cliché as well. In my opinion, it was exactly like every other obesity-related book out there that we’ve all read so many times. I couldn’t find a single spark of originality, despite how The Fat Boy Chronicles is based on a true story. That may have sounded insensitive because I’ve never been obese, but it’s the honest truth. I couldn’t sympathize with Jimmy because my brain automatically dismissed his struggles, having read ...more
Morninglight Mama
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya
The journal format of this fictional, but inspired by a true story, book really worked for me, giving Jimmy Winterpock a realistic voice. Freshman year of high school can be a cruel experience, especially if you're "different," and being significantly overweight is at the top of the list. Jimmy is obviously very intelligent, and through the course of his first year in high school, he becomes quite introspective and thoughtful of the struggles of others, learning to put life's challenges in persp ...more
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I think Jimmy's story is one that needs to be read by many. In our society, if obesity was not bad enough for ones health, they are emotionally tortured at the same time. Mental health is just as important as physical. Luckily,Jimmy kicked everyone in their butts by getting on track of both! The main character is just so lovable, and the way you can just see him grow with each sentence he writes is amazing. Really inspiring and definitely worth a read. Finished it one sitting, couldn't put it do ...more
Brenda Elsner
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book about childhood obesity. Written in first person view of a high school student who is tormented by classmates about being fat. He writes journal entries for his English class about how he feels and how is is picked on all the time at school and on the bus and also writes about how he overcomes his obesity in less than a year. A very inspiring book. My son is now reading this book and hopefully he will be inspired to shed a few pounds so that he doesn't face the same torment. Based o ...more
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