Fat Chance: The Novel [Leslea Newman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A diary records a year in the life of Judi Liebowitz as she. Fat Chance has ratings and 62 reviews. Angel said: I rarely give books five stars. Not only does it have to be flawless, but it generally has to acco. In a series of diary entries, thirteen-year-old Judi recounts her struggles to lose weight, hide her bulimia from her mother, find a boy friend, and decide on a.

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So she could either stop that or die. Apr 14, Diana rated it it was amazing. Though the writing is excellent, this book is no Steinbeck. Feb 18, Olive Skies rated it lesea liked it Recommended to Olive by: Nancy is a girl that Judi idolizes; she’s super skinny, wears make-up and dates a 9th grader. This is one of the first eating disorder themed books I read.

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Well I enjoyed reading your diary Judi. At twelve, this had been a very good read for me. Though it is an ordinary, enjoyable read, I gave it the rating it did because of how well the author captures the confusion of middle school. As the story continuesdrama stirs up as Monica does something unforgettable to Judi. If you start reading you want to read it to the very end. But in my recollection no author has so accurately written about what it’s like to be a teenager, and if that is not the true purpose of books, I’m not sure what is.


It was just okay. Languages Italiano Edit links. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Well right now i think the book is about 4 stars i really like it so far i hope it turns out amazing.

Also, while reading this book, you end up really remembering being in the 8th grade, hating your body, wishing to be the beautiful, popular girl, daydreaming about the ridiculously handsome guy, thinking your mother just won’t understand. Judi is in highschool and is trying to start the year off well. I read this book when I was young and sans eating disorder. I’m not going to lie, I don’t remember the quality of the writing or character develop, but over ten years after I read it I remember it’s impact on me, so I think that says something.

Judi really doesn’t want the same thing to happen to her but she just can’t control her disorder and the worst part is, she can’t or doesn’t want to tell anyone, not even her own mother.

Fat Chance

So when Judi becomes friendly with pencil-thin, glamorous Nancy Pratt, she learns Nancy’s secret and joins her in the secret binge-and-purge cycles of bulimia. Jul 16, Sally Kruger added it. BUT, I like the dairy format and first person perspective of the book. Her mother insists she is a “growing girl” who needs to eat three nutritious meals a day. The book is really easy to read and the story makes you want to continue reading!


And she’s convinced, as she confides in her diary, that she’d be happier if she were skinnier. Judi is sure that isn’t the path to happiness.

I was in eighth grade, just like Judi. And then you get to the end of the book and cry because it’s just so sweet, and also, from a writing point of view, really wraps up just in the most lelsea way. Jul 29, A rated it it was amazing. Jun 17, Newwman Holladay-Bachman rated it really liked it Shelves: But this book got the rare five stars. So maybe other people wouldn’t give this five stars, but really, it’s one of my favorite books of all time.

To ask other readers questions about Fat Chanceplease sign up. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award finalists. Aug 03, Neika rated it it was amazing.

This is no easy thing to cure and it’s no joke for Nancy or Judi, it’s a matter of Life or Death. Newma from ” https: Aug 31, Jennifer Mills rated it it was amazing Shelves: