Review: My Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught

Published: 2008
By: Bloomsbury U.S.A Children’s Book
Series: N/A
Source: EPL
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 1599902060

Overweight, self-assured high school senior Jamie Carcaterra writes in the school newspaper about her own attitude to being fat, her boyfriend’s bariatric surgery, and her struggles to be taken seriously in a very thin world.
– Excerpt from book


I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started reading this book, the synopsis on the book was pretty telling but reading from cover-to-cover actually felt like part of my life was being described through Jamie. Being an overweight (not the 4X of the protagonist) being back in high school, I always lived with this very different opinion of being a “big” person versus the lives of “normal” people. I never struggled quite like the Jamie but I can definitely say that I related strongly with a lot of the points, especially when it came to relationships and clothes shopping.

Jamie Carcaterra is a strong advocate (but undefined) for body acceptance, she’s a writes for her high school’s newspaper The Wire in a column called “Fat Girl”. A weekly column loaded with attitude, opinions and overall paragraphs that are supposed to “get under your skin” and make you think. In her senior, Jamie is committing to possibly more than she can handle, but she hoped all things will go by smoothly with the help of her boyfriend, Burke – but it doesn’t last that long.

Burke springs the news that he’s going in for a life altering surgery: Bariatric Surgery. Jamie’s world comes crumbling down around her when the man she loves winds up having two surgeries, starts losing all this weight (and that’s all he wants to talk about), and her brain is swirling with emotions, thoughts, uncertainties, and Heath Montrel.

I really enjoyed this novel, not because it was relatable but in fact because it is subject to something that North America is facing constantly because of media. This isn’t a “fat acceptance” book, but it’s definitely a “think-about-it” book.

Check it out at your local library. It’s a very good read 🙂

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About Black ' n Write Reviewer

Library Tech grad who is currently working on a BA in Political Science and filling all her time with books.
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