My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Sudesna Ghosh brings a funny tale of the angst of a plump teenager. Why should thin people especially girls have all the fun and attention? There is always a complex of inferiority in the fat girls. Is it justified or is it because of the false image of the beauty drilled into our minds by popular culture. The beautiful girl has perfect figure of 36-24-36.
Pamela is an 18 year old teenager who is fat. She has a heart of gold and she is grappling with growing up issues of a fatso girl. She has her family, friends (virtual too in teddies and other toys) and her crush. Nor she fit in with the thin girl gang and neither she wants to. She has a fat friend Krish who tries to fit in. she somehow loses weight and then stops hanging out with Pamela. She gets into relations ship with a fat boy but feels that a bad idea. So she dumps him. This is a story how she feels about her weight issues and aftermath.
The tale is sweet, relatable, fast paced and interesting. It kept me hooked. It finishes it in 3 hours. The treatment is humorous and funny. Some interesting passages:
1. We huge girls need our own magazine. One with no articles about romance, sex, love and all of those other things that did not exist in our lives. I suggested that to an editor or two who never got back to me. I wrote to them saying ‘your current magazine does not appeal to girls who wear plus sizes.’
2. When I was 14, I wanted to be a dietician but during the first semester of high school, a classmate helpfully pointed out that people wouldn’t want advice from a fat dietician. “Why would people even listen to somebody who’s so fat?” Thank you for that, Sona.
3. “I think we are getting too serious.” I would never forget the look on his face. I felt relief after I broke the bond. Two fat people trying to date was obviously a bad decision. Extremely bad if you ask me. We were like two huge pumpkins trying to celebrate Halloween. Although my teeth are not as weird as those carved ones.
The book has some issues too. It is told from a first person POV and most of the time it is a monologue. It has very few dialogues and plot is almost non-existent. The woes of a fat person becomes too tedious after a certain point. There is hyperbole in the treatment and Pamela has almost neurotic obsession with her weight. I wish she could relax and have a life.
This is a book for teenagers and they will like it. I give it 3/5 stars.
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Meet Pamela, an overweight girl who's looking back at her school days. From longing for a Valentine to dealing with a sibling who hates her, Pamela has a lot to deal with. She even has a special bunch of friends at home who she can turn to - but they aren't the kind of friends you'd expect. Life sucks when you're fat. Can Pamela ever be happy?
About the author:
Sudesna or Sue is the author of short stories, two nonfiction books, and now, a fiction work called Just me, the Sink & the Pot. When she isn't writing or reading, she's busy being mommy to her adopted cats.
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