Audiobook Review: Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons

Posted June 16, 2015 by Felicia S in 2015 Read, 4.25 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 9 Comments

Audiobook Review: Fat Girl Walking by Brittany GibbonsSource: Borrowed from a Friend, Paperback Review Copy, Provided by Harper Collins

Format: Audiobook

Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins

Date Read: May 2015


Told through a series of larger-than-life snapshots, a hilarious memoir in essays about love, sex, marriage, motherhood, bikinis, and loving your body, no matter what size you are from the acclaimed blogger and body image advocate.

Brittany Gibbons has been a plus size her whole life. But instead of hiding herself in the shadows of thinner women, Brittany became a wildly popular blogger and national spokesmodel--known for stripping on stage at TedX and standing in Times Square in a bikini on national television, and making skinny people everywhere uncomfortable.

Talking honestly about size and body image on her popular blog,, she has ignited a national conversation. Now in her first book, she shares hilarious and painfully true stories about her life as a weird overweight girl growing up in rural Ohio, struggling with dating and relationships, giving the middle finger to dieting, finding love with a man smaller than her, accidentally having three kids, and figuring out the secret to loving her curves and becoming a nationally recognized body image advocate. And there's sex, lots of it!

Fat Girl Walking isn't a diet book. It isn't one of those former fat people memoirs about how someone battled, and won, in the fight against fat. Brittany doesn't lose all the weight and reveal the happy, skinny girl that's been hiding inside her. Instead, she reminds us that being chubby doesn't mean you'll end up alone, unhappy, or the subject of a cable medical show. What's important is learning to love your shape. With her infectious humor and soul-baring honesty, Fat Girl Walking reveals a life full of the same heartbreak, joy, oddity, awkwardness, and wonder as anyone else's. Just with better snacks.

More Information:
Publisher: HarperAudio, HarperCollins


Read for Review/Listened for Fun (Harper Collins/Borrowed from a Friend)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Other (pacing,narrative) Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.50

First Thought when Finished: Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons was not what I expected, it was more!

Overall Thoughts:I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this auto-biography since I had never been on Brittany Gibbons website. I just kind of loved the title of the book. This ended up being a funny laugh out loud story with a lot of heart. She is unapologetically herself. She doesn’t act like she is always confident or always comfortable in her own skin. What she does do is prove that you can be confident and comfortable in your own skin most of the time (hey we are women even super models probably have off days). She lives her life fully and isn’t afraid to share. This was also a love letter to her husband of sorts because she gives him a lot of credit for being supportive. That made me swoon. Real life romance=Nothing Better!

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang /Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins

I had read half of the book before a friend let me borrow her audio copy. I went back to listen to the whole thing because Lauren was a great choice to narrate this story. She had just the right amount of sass, brass, and smart. I am usually not a fan of other people (other than the author) narrating auto-biographies but in this case it totally worked!

Final Thought: I would totally recommend this quick fun read for summer!


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
4 / 5
Story Rating
4.5 / 5
Character Rating
4 / 5
Narrator Rating
4.5 / 5
Felicia S
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9 responses to “Audiobook Review: Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons

  1. I went back and forth between putting the copy you gave me in the giveaway pile and the keep for me for now pile. It went in the giveaway pile, but I’m thinking of moving it back. Though I may just pick it up in audio since you said her narration was good and that is my preference. Great review!

    • IT was fun and emotional. It is a great reminder that everyone has a different journey and it is quite alright to be happy with yourself even if you don’t fit other people’s standards!

  2. I received a review copy from the publisher and loved loved loved it so much!! Brittany is laugh out loud hilarious. I enjoyed it immensely – and even got my library to order a copy of it for their shelves. This is a great story that I think every woman should read. I’ll have to check out the audiobook!

  3. I like the sound of this, funny and a real life romance. Let’s be honest, as women I think we all get insecure from time to time.