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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Judi Liebowitz thinks she's fat. And she's convinced, as she confides in her diary, that she'd be happier if she were skinnier.
So when Judi becomes friendly with pencil-thin, glamorous Nancy Pratt, she learns Nancy's secret and joins her in the secret binge-and-purge cycles of bulimia. Before long, Judi's life spins out of control and her obsession with food, calories, an Judi Liebowitz thinks she's fat. Before long, Judi's life spins out of control and her obsession with food, calories, and pounds is no longer another typical eighth-grade problem--it's a matter of life and death.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 8th by Puffin first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 7. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fat Chance , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Fat Chance. Jun 01, Angel rated it it was amazing.
I rarely give books five stars. Not only does it have to be flawless, but it generally has to accomplish something absolutely marvelous. But this book got the rare five stars. Though it is an ordinary, enjoyable read, I gave it the rating it did because of how well the author captures the confusion of middle school.
Some of Judi's thoughts were exactly my own when I read it. I was in eighth grade, just like Judi. Though the writing is excellent, this book is no Steinbeck. It will win no Pulitzer I rarely give books five stars. It will win no Pulitzers, no Nobels. But in my recollection no author has so accurately written about what it's like to be a teenager, and if that is not the true purpose of books, I'm not sure what is.
Nov 23, Michelle rated it it was amazing. You guys, I always understood that Judi was not actually overweight she hovers around lbs for the entirety of the book, at 5'4" , but at the time of rereading this, we weigh exactly the same and I am four inches shorter than Judi.
Yeah, I still have some baby weight and whatnot, but I still think I'm looking aight. That just kind of blew my mind a little bit and made me realize how hard Judi was on herself. Original review, November So maybe other people wouldn't give this five stars, You guys, I always understood that Judi was not actually overweight she hovers around lbs for the entirety of the book, at 5'4" , but at the time of rereading this, we weigh exactly the same and I am four inches shorter than Judi.
Original review, November So maybe other people wouldn't give this five stars, but really, it's one of my favorite books of all time. I remember buying it at a book fair in middle school, and just being blown away by it. I had never read a book dealing with eating disorders, and this one pretty much made me never want to experience one.
I read it almost every year because it has many other good qualities, besides handling such a weighty topic no pun intended--that's for you, Judi. The main character is charming and refreshing. Also, while reading this book, you end up really remembering being in the 8th grade, hating your body, wishing to be the beautiful, popular girl, daydreaming about the ridiculously handsome guy, thinking your mother just won't understand.
Ugh, the angst. And then you get to the end of the book and cry because it's just so sweet, and also, from a writing point of view, really wraps up just in the most perfect way. God, I really, really love this book. View 1 comment. Oct 20, erica rated it it was ok Shelves: young-adult , eating-disordered. What a waste of time. Boring and preachy.
Jul 16, Sally Kruger added it. As an eighth grader, Judi dreams of having a boyfriend and going on exciting dates, but she is convinced that can only happen if she loses weight. Her mother insists she is a "growing girl" who needs to eat three nutritious meals a day. Judi is sure that isn't the path to happiness. It doesn't help that Judi's classmates are typical kids who tease and taunt about any perceived physical flaws with little regard for the feelings they hurt or the self-esteem they damage.
When Ms. Roth, the new English teacher, requires each student to keep a diary, Judi uses the assignment to pour out her feelings as she records her attempts at weight loss and relationship difficulties.
She learns tricks to avoid eating breakfast, consumes only diet Coke for lunch, and tries to get away with eating as little as possible of her mother's home-cooked dinners. She is able to shed a few pounds, but is frustrated by the need to binge when she is feeling stressed. The answer to all her problems seems to appear the day she stumbles across popular girl and future model, Nancy Pratt, vomiting in the restroom.
When Nancy explains that vomiting is her secret to weight control success, Judi is disgusted at first, but as she becomes more desperate to be thin, she gives it a try. It is easier than she ever imagined. Now she can eat enough to keep her mother from nagging and lose weight at the same time. Keeping her secret is difficult, and when Nancy ends up in the hospital as a result of her bulimia, Judi begins to have second thoughts. Losing weight has some positives, but the strain it has created in the relationships with her best friend and her mother involve more negatives than she may be willing to endure.
Through Judi's obsession to lose what to some may seem an insignificant amount of weight, it becomes clear that the mind of a person with bulimia is far from normal and their body image issues produce increasingly irrational arguments most of us would never understand.
Newman's message that eating disorders require outside intervention and commitment on the part of the struggling individual makes this novel instructional as well as entertaining. Unlike more recent books written about the same subject, FAT CHANCE does not dwell on the horror and debilitation of the eating disorders, however, it still provides an important view worth reading.
Jan 21, Lauren Anastasi rated it did not like it. I read this in middle school. At this point in my life, I had been dealing with an eating disorder on-and-off for a number of years, although I had yet to recognize that I was struggling with an eating disorder, seeing my activities more as "dieting" and less as a disease. Instead of this book helping me to realize my disordered way of thinking and eating, I found that it gave me more ideas on how to hide my symptoms from friends and family.
I understand that this review doesn't necessarily have I read this in middle school. I understand that this review doesn't necessarily have to do with the writing of this book, but for me, this book pushed me further down the path of self-destruction and deceit.
Oct 14, Taylor rated it it was amazing. This really delves into what every girl thinks about at least once in her life. Am I fat? Judi is in highschool and is trying to start the year off well.
She knows she's not the smallest girl in the bunch but she also knows she can't change it overnight. Or can she? Judi walks into the bathroom at school one day, to here someone throwing up in the stalls, but when she asks if she's okay the girl acts as if Judi should never had been there at all.
What exactly WAS the girl doing in there, and fur This really delves into what every girl thinks about at least once in her life. What exactly WAS the girl doing in there, and furthermore, why is she mad at Judi for being there?
Mar 23, Ms. B rated it it was ok Shelves: , ya. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
The book centers on a year-old girl named Judi Liebowitz, who goes on a bulimic diet to try to lose weight. The novel was published by Putnam Press in — and by Scholastic from —present. Judi Liebowitz wants to lose weight, be the thinnest girl in eighth grade, and have a boyfriend. She's convinced that if only she had "creamy thighs and amazing cheekbones that look like I'm always sipping through a straw" her best friend Monica wouldn't have stolen the boy she had a crush on. When Judi meets glamorous, thin as a stick tiny as Nancy Pratt, she thinks her life will turn around and she'll be gorgeous.