“13 Ways” – My first book review and my favorite snack

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl Book Review

As an avid reader, I am so thrilled to finally present my Food and Books series for Marble Crumbs. Last year, I signed-up for the Goodreads challenge and set myself up to read fifty books in twelve months. I enjoyed it so much that I’ll be doing it again this year (and most likely, for more years to come) – it has truly become a part of my lifestyle. Fifty books in one year adds up to about one book per week, and I get a lot of reading time on public transportation since I take the metro (Montreal’s subway system) to work everyday. I’m already about seven books in (a little behind!) but decided to start this blog series with a review of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad.

Brilliant, captivating, and a little dark, 13 Ways is sectioned off in 13 parts to walk us through an incredibly interesting development for our protagonist, Elizabeth. Awad puts a clear focus on women’s struggles with weight, judgment, and relationships from a teen’s angle all the way to an adult’s perspective.

Growing up, the subject of “feeling comfortable in my skin” was always a personal issue. I would often raise questions asking “Why don’t I look more like her?” or “Is this as good as it’s going to get?” Even during my elementary school years, my mother had a hard time feeding me and my relationship with food was nothing like how it is today. I decided to start my “Food and Books” series with 13 Ways because it’s easy to relate with, no matter what your background with food, body image, and confidence is.

Starting a food blog was my step into sharing how I’ve grown into my appreciation for meals and better eating habits. Of course, even being in my late twenties, a sense of uncertainty with my confidence levels will flare up, but I’m happy to have come out of what my mother often called “my fussy eating phase” (although I think it goes deeper than that) and finally share with the world my love for cuisine.

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15 thoughts on ““13 Ways” – My first book review and my favorite snack”

  1. Lovely post. It’s crazy how the things that torment us when we’re younger usually end up being the things we fall in love with later on in life. I love your food posts & you book posts & I think this is the perfect book to start off with to combining them together.


    • Shannon,

      Thank you! And yes, I am so glad I grew out of that food phase, but I always look back on those times and reflect on it. And of all people, I’m really happy you like these posts! Now, I just need to perfect those fashion posts just like you have!

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