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, brittanyherself.com, 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.
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!
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!
During her non-reading time you can find her hanging with her rescue furr children named after book characters: Lizzie a beautiful cattle dog mix (Pound Pup), Cinder a beautiful Shep/Pitt mix (Pound Pup), and Minerva a beautiful Shep/Pitt mix (Foster Fail). Gathering with friends and family, attending conventions, watching movies/tv shows, rooting for the 49rs, and crocheting.
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