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  • Caitlyn Lynch

Book Review: Fat Girl Begone! by D.E. Haggerty

Everly, the heroine of Fat Girl Begone! is the most relatable heroine I’ve read in ages. She yo-yo diets and she totally does not have her s*** together. She’s smart and hard-working, though, and she deserves so much better than the a-hole who dumps her at the beginning of the book for dieting too much - not for being fat, but basically for inconveniencing him with her lifestyle.

Let’s face it, we’ve all had one of those days when drowning in a bottle of tequila sounds like a fantastic idea. Everly has quite a few of those days in this book, and the hilarious part about it is what she gets up to when she’s drunk… because Evie is a blackout drunk and has to rely on friends to tell her what’s happened the day after.

Fat Girl Begone! is chicklit in the fine tradition of Bridget Jones; most of Evie’s issues are of her own making and inside her own head. While she only loses a few pounds over the course of the book (five and a half) she does make some massive changes in her life and her self-confidence skyrockets as a result.

It’s a funny thing that self-confidence can make a woman incredibly attractive even if nothing else about her has changed, and Evie soon discovers this as from being dumped at the beginning of the book, she soon has men practically throwing themselves at her. I won’t spoil the book for you by telling you who she ends up with, but I will say that the hero was so fantastically adorable I wrote a note in my reviewing document saying “If Evie doesn’t end up with _____ I am going to KILL EVERYONE”.

This is a gorgeous book with a funny, relatable heroine. Even though Evie isn’t obese, in her own head she is, and therefore any woman with a self-esteem OR a weight issue can absolutely relate to her. There is no fat-shaming in this book, only celebration of women being who they are and becoming the best they can be, and I absolutely loved it. Five stars, and I’ll be looking out for more of this author in the future.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through ReadingAlley.

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