Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Review: Big Fat Disaster by: Beth Fehlbaum

Title: Big Fat Disaster
Author: Beth Fehlbaum
Publisher: Merit Press
Pages: 286
Format: Hardcover
Source: Merit Press


Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It's her life: Dad's a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative's trailer, where her mom's contempt swells right along with Colby's supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby's role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she's only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows the life of Colby Denton whose life is completely falling apart.  Her family comes crashing down around her when her father has left his marriage and campaigning to hook up with his mistress which going through legal issues. 

Colby is not your typical girl she is overweight and has poor self esteem which has been added to by her mother and sisters.  Colby tries had to adapt to her new living arrangements but finds herself feeling worse and worse and contemplates suicide!

This book was incredible following one teens life as she deals with betrayal, divorce, moving, bullies etc.  We get to watch Colby deal with so much while trying to find her voice and share what she thinks and how she feels and how in the end she dealt with everything handed to her.

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