Monday, August 13, 2012

Chick-Lit Plus Blog Tours: Fatty Patty By: Kathleen Irene Paterka

Goodreads Summary: 

Small towns, long memories. Everyone in the exclusive summer resort of James Bay, Michigan remembers FATTY PATTY, the chubby little girl with the round face and wild red curls. All grown up now, Patty Perreault teaches at the same elementary school where the painful playground memories still taunt her. She hasn’t forgotten the cruel nickname—plus she still hasn’t lost those extra pounds. Convinced her weight is the biggest reason why she’s a four time loser in the semi-finals for Teacher of the Year, Patty resolves to make some changes in her body and her life.

Sam Curtis, an overweight accountant she meets at the community pool, swims into Patty’s life with romance on his mind. But as their friendship grows, Patty finds it hard to see beyond his extra pounds. She’s torn as Sam refuses to deal with his own overweight issues. Her heart tells her one thing, but her eyes see another. She’s not interested in an overweight boyfriend. When it comes to winning the Grand Prize in life and love, Patty has some hard lessons to learn. Will she be able to confront her fears about the kind of woman she yearns to be? Will she be able to put down the fork and give her heart a try?

My Review: 

ReadingNook Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Fatty Patty was surely a fun and addictive read. Patty has dealt with being overweight her whole life, and with having a twin sister who is slim and beautiful has always kept her in the shadows, but things start to heat up when Patty starts getting attention from two seperate men; Sam who's quickly becoming her best friend, and Nick who normally would have never paid her any mind, is now showing her a ton of attention.

This was a quick read, and I did find myself picking it up to read it quite frequently, but I had a lot of problems with Patty. I felt like for someone who was overweight she was totally shallow and hypocritical, she constantly judged Sam because of his weight, but yet was overweight herself. I myself am overweight and when I was in the dating world, I never wrote people off for being overweight, because I knew how that felt, and didn't like it. She also was so nieve to the point that I wanted to smack her. Did she honestly really think that Nick was crazy about her? I just found it so far-fetched in that respect. Although I didn't like Patty's character I still enjoyed the story, and found the romance to move the story along for me.

I also like that the story was written about a main character that was overweight, but do wish that it wasn't such a central focus of the story. I feel like the main characters of chick-lit books are usually skinny, and beautiful, and I like that Patty was "flawed" and not perfect. I just wish Patty herself wasn't so judgemental.

If your looking for a light, fun, quick read then Fatty Patty is just that, It dosen't have any deep issues (which is a good thing sometimes) and was hard to put down because I wanted to see what ended up happening with the characters, and although I didn't LOVE Patty's character I was still invested in her relationships enough to want to know who she ended up with and what ended up happening.

Author Bio:

Kathleen Irene Paterka fell in love with writing (and food) at a very young age. By the time she graduated high school, she’d completed her first manuscript and she weighed 300 lbs. Though the extra pounds have long since disappeared, Kathleen still carries the emotional scars of being a former fatty. FATTY PATTY was born from the cruel teasing she endured on the school playground. Kathleen is the author of numerous novels which embrace universal themes of home, family life and love, including the Women's Fiction series, "The James Bay Novels". Kathleen is the resident staff writer for Castle Farms, a world renowned castle listed on the National Historic Register, and co-author of the non-fiction book FOR THE LOVE OF A CASTLE, published in 2012. Having lived and studied abroad, Kathleen's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Michigan University. She and her husband live in the beautiful north country of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Kathleen loves hearing from readers. You can contact her via her website at http://www.
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