Monday, May 31, 2010

Book Review: Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster

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 by Jen Lancaster
Another humorous memoir by the prickly yet endearing Jen Lancaster. In this one, she's on a quest to finally lose some weight and get healthy. We follow her through a gym membership and Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers and a trainer. She never loses her sense of humor, or the bulk of her weight, but the important thing is that she also never (completely) loses her motivation. The other important thing is that she understands this is about health, not looks. I love how she talks about her strongs, and how she sees the improvement in her endurance and well-being as the cool benefits of her workouts. Meanwhile, she's snarky, sarcastic, hangs out with her funny friends and long-suffering husband, and is a great companion to anyone trying to become healthier. She can be a little mean, demanding, and ridiculous, but we still love her even in those moments, because she has the guts to do and say those things the rest of us think but never do. Mostly because of propriety, but also a little bit because we're chickens, and Jen definitely isn't that. Her honesty is always refreshing.

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