Beth, Lizzie, Bess, Elizabeth, Betty — the narrator sheds her name as she sheds the pounds, all the while shedding any hope at having a fulfilling life. In the early chapters, she obsesses over her weight with best friend Mel, already inured to looking for those fatty girls culture of comparison. There is a drollness throughout the novel, no matter how dire the predicaments, such as when middle-aged Britta shows up and confronts Lizzie about sleeping with her man: Judging Britta, Lizzie feels better about herself: Looking for those fatty girls beyond saving.
Time is handled well, with stories jumping forward with ease: Her first novel recalls the mordant humour and honesty of another recently published debut, Love Me Backby the Texan writer Merritt Tierce.
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In later chapters, set in a gated-community world, Lizzie can see the damage she is doing to herself and, perhaps most tragically, the futility of her endeavours. Like her neighbour who continues to pedal in the gym even while the fire alarm blares, she is stuck in a hellish loooking of hunger, anger and guilt.
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