I am delighted to bring to you Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl by Bernice Bloom, massive thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resource’s for allowing me to be part of such a fantastic tour.
Mary Brown is funny, gorgeous and bonkers. She’s also about six stone overweight. When she realises she can’t cross her legs, has trouble bending over to tie her shoelaces without wheezing like an elderly chain-smoker, and discovers that even her hands and feet look fat, it’s time to take action. But what action? She’s tried every diet under the sun.
This is the hysterical story of what happens when Mary joins ‘Fat Club’ where she meets a cast of funny characters and one particular man who catches her eye.
The story is laugh-out-loud funny and will resonate with anyone who has dieted, tried to keep up with any sort of exercise programme or spent 10 minutes in a changing room trying to extricate herself from a way too-small garment that she ambitiously tried on and is now completely stuck in.
Bernice Bloom is the big, new name in comedy writing…this is the first full-length novel after her series of laugh-out-loud mini books.
As soon as I heard the title and premise of this series of short stories I knew they would be right up my street! I read the first three books in the series which have been combined to make one complete book– Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl, Adventures of an Adorable Fat Girl and Crazy Life of an Adorable Fat Girl . These take us from the beginning of Mary’s journey at ‘Fat Club’ and follows the friendships and relationships that develop with the people she meets.
Emotional over-eater Mary is stuck in a destructive ‘relationship’ rut with her neighbour Dave, unable to see she is being used, that is until she meets kind, loving Ted at Fat Club. Over the three books we see the blossoming relationship between the couple as it becomes more serious. We also see her develop close friendships with Janice and Veronica whom she also meets at Fat Club – even embarking on comedy filled trip to Amsterdam with Veronica (all I can say is hash cake & balls!).
As someone who has spent most of her life on the cuddly side I could completely relate to Mary’s trials and tribulations. Bernice Bloom has written Mary’s character in a very honest and believable way which I’m sure anyone who struggles with their weight will be able to empathise with. Despite having moments of humour, the book also gives a real insight into how those who struggle with their weight are treated by others and the emotions felt as a result, something that is seldom discussed in other books I have read.
The books are fantastic short reads that are overall light-hearted and littered with laugh-out-loud comedic scenes, however they also deal with serious issues including overeating, suicide and rape. Whilst not discussed in detail I feel it’s worth mentioning as some readers may find this upsetting. I really enjoyed the three books I read and will definitely be downloading the next ones in the series – especially as each book seems to leave you on a bit of a cliff hanger, wanting to know what happens to Mary next!
*We were sent a copy of this ebook in return for an honest review. As always all thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.
About the Author:
Hello, my name is Bernice Bloom and I am a writer (I write light-hearted rom-com style novels and also work as a magazine journalist and advertising copywriter) and jewellery designer. My recent series of novels is called ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ and it features a heavily overweight woman called Mary Brown. She is bright, funny, friendly and bonkers. She’s also fat. The books blend the comedy of her efforts to lose weight with a more serious backstory about what happened to her in the past that had led to the issues that make her prone to over-eating. I’m fascinated that there are so few overweight heroines in literature. Women can be manipulative, evil, even murderers in fiction, but not fat! Certainly not fat and beautiful with loads of friends! Then along came Mary and she’s developed quite a fan base of people who love the fact that the heroine is large. She gets lots of letters and I have ended up taking her on lots of adventures!
The Diary of an Adorable Fat girl series is available to purchase from Amazon.
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