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Fat Girl on a Plane

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This book was such a disappointment.  The subject matter sounded fascinating and I even liked the first few chapters, but wow! after a bit, the story gets so slow and the plot feels endless.

I just could not get into this one at all.
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Fat Girl On A Plane was wonderful, warm and surprising. I was immediately invested in Cookie and her world. I would put this book into the hands of fans of YA, Women's Fiction and Romance. This was a great read.
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Sigh. I loved the plot and imagery. What I didn't like is the fact that this is an accurate portrayal of our society. The two-part story of both times in Cookie's life (thin and heavy) was full of body shaming and mean people. I mean, I know that not everyone is nice- and there was enough personal growth to give Cookie a happy ending- I still felt sad about girls being body shamed on both ends of the spectrum. No one should ever judge anyone on their personal appearance. *steps off soapbox* I think YA readers can gain something from discussing this story, but I would follow up with some discussion after handing it to a teen girl.
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Simply stunning. This book restored my faith in contemporary fiction. I mean the main character is plus size! That NEVER happens!
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An interesting, funny, chewy read. Would recommend.
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A strong debut that I finished in one sitting. Really enjoyed the dual timeline and Cookie's growth throughout the novel.
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I loved this book. I devoured it in two days. Maybe it's because it's set in my home state of Arizona, but definitely because it's relatable. I think we've all been like Cookie Vonn in one way or another. Letting a perceived imperfection hold us back from showing our true selves and boldly going and doing the things we wanna do. This book sends a strong positive message about loving yourself and not letting others define you. I'll definitely be recommending this one to teen readers.
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Cookie is fabulously flawed.   Like many of us, she is looking to be rescued by someone, anyone, but preferably a man.  I love the empowering ending.
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I really enjoyed reading this book, and I think YA and adult audiences alike will enjoy reading it as well. The narrative is told in alternating time frames. One of them is while Cookie is "fat" (term used in the book) and participating in NutriNation, a Weight Watchers facsimile. The other time frame is when she is "skinny."

Despite being the story of a 300+ teen who loses weight and reaches the superficial goals she has, the story does convey that looks and weight loss bring happiness. During the "fat" times, ,she has many people around her who love and support her for who she is. "Skinny" Cookie doesn't have that. There are also decent messages about friendship and pursuing your goals (not relationship goals). 

With this being said, I think the family drama was a little too melodramatic and unbelievable. I also felt the last 1/3 of the book was Cookie whining about everything, and I didn't really like her even though I really wanted to.
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Loved Cookie’s journey into independence  and self confidence... and watching her overcome her parents’ flaws and lack of attention while being cheered on and set straight by her grandmother. The ending seemed rushed but overall a really great story.
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I so enjoyed this book!  I fun story about a woman who realizes life isn't about what your body looks like.
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So I am not going to lie, I chose to read this because I am fat. I understand what it feels like....the title and description intrigued me.

I really enjoyed the 2 different POV one from when she was overweight and one from when she was skinny. I thought it was very interesting to compare how people treated her and how she treated herself. 

However, I do think she was an emotional eater.

What I thought was a little far fetched was the fact that all of this was taking place when she was 17 and 19. That for me was a little unbelievable. 

I don't feel like all of the emotional problems got tied up or addressed. I felt like the father issue was rather pushed aside. 

Overall I enjoyed the story.
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I've been looking forward to this book ever since the first time I read the first page, I think perhaps in a contest, although I can't remember for sure where. I really enjoyed this book on multiple fronts. It starts with an author's note saying "This is not a Cinderella weight loss story." As a reader, I appreciated knowing up front what I was getting into, the honesty of that statement, that this book would not be about a girl's life magically improving because she lost weight.

I really loved the focus on fashion throughout the book, but most of all I enjoyed Cookie's growth as a character and how she figured how who she truly wanted to be as a designer and person. The relationships were also very well-drawn.

I found the alternating timelines very well-done as well. It's hard to move back and forth and reveal information without giving too much away from the past, but Ms. deVos does this extremely well. 

I loved the ending, which fit very well with Cookie's growth and left me satisfied as a reader.

My only caveat about this book is that the older timeline felt much more like an adult book, both in content and theme. It didn't affect my enjoyment of the book, but it caught me by surprise as it's classified YA--and I see that the younger timeline is very YA. So that's a tough one. All in all, I liked the book very much and would recommend it for any teen reader who's fine with the adult content.
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2.5

I had high hopes for this, but it didn't quite live up to its potential, in my opinion. 

Cookie's grown up with a model mother and doctor father, and Cooke is known for clothing designs. She's fed up with fat shaming and decides to lose weight. The story is told in a dual timeline, before and after the weight loss. While some parts may be quite relatable, the characters' actions are a bit frustrating at times. This is more than a weight loss story, however, and it does have an inspiring overall message.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I wasn't required to give a positive review.
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Don’t you dare feel sorry for Cookie Vonn! This talented young woman has already been recognized for her fabulous clothing designs. But when she finally has had enough of “fat shaming,” Cookie makes the commitment to lose the weight. She knows an overweight fashion designer will not be taken seriously.

Told from two perspectives of Cookie, Fat Girl on a Plane is great YA writing that will resonate with all readers. It is not a duckling to swan story. Although Cookie loses the weight, there is so much more to her, inside and out. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to be an early reader in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I didn't realize this had a before-and-after-weightloss storyline. As a long-time fat person I prefer stories like Dumplin' where the story is about a fat main character just living their life. There's something sensationalist and objectifying about a storyline like this.
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Cookie is the daughter of a super model mom and a doctor dad. Her dad is always away on save the world doctor missions, so never any time for Cookie. Her mom cares more about her modeling career and her boyfriend, Chad then her, so never and time for Cookie. Cookie was pretty was raised by her grandma.
I did not like this one. I realize it is YA, but it reminds me of a toddler throwing a temper tantrum. Cookie had crappy parents, but she had her grandma, yet she still had an "I hate the world" attitude. Cookie was overweight because she didn't want to be like her super model mother, who she blamed for pretty much everything.
Cookie lost over 100lbs, wore a size 4 and still had stuff to complain about!
The whole book irritated me with how juvenile the Cookie character was.
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Cookie Vonn is a designer with a soul made of fabric and iron. She's literally one tough Cookie when it comes to dealing with her mother's neglect and father's absence, and she is a character worth rooting for in DeVos's debut FAT GIRL ON A PLANE.

Cookie gets a big chance to make her dreams come true when she flies to NY as a teen to cover Fashion Week, but she gets scooped on the big interview she traveled for-- by her soon-to-be romantic rival and all-around-nemisis. As the book progresses in dual timelines of "before" and "after" a weight loss program, we see Cookie living her dreams. How much is due to her grit and how much to societal expectation? When she wants to create a line for the size range 2-32, will she succeed? 

There's a lot of love in this book. Cookie, herself, is interesting and believable. The blog entries around fashion draw in the reader and don't slow the pace, and I love the relationships with the grandmother and Fr. Tim in the book. Unfortunately, the nemesis character read cliche "mean girl" to me. It cheapened the attraction of Cookie to her best friend throughout the book because I mistrusted HIS judgement in liking this girl. The parallel timelines can be a bit confusing in the beginning, but I enjoyed the variety of experience as the book went on.

Over all, I think this is a solid YA read with highly romantic elements and clear style and polish-- not just in the fashion of the characters, but in the prose. 3.5 stars.
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As someone who grew up overweight but confident, I was hoping this would inspire me and give me a "mirror" like "Dumplin" did. The story of Cookie, both her overweight and size 6 self, is one I'm glad was told, but in the end, it didn't live up to what I'd hoped. I think one of the main themes of the book is to show that no matter what size you are, you are still you, problems and all. I ended up liking the idea of this book more than the book itself. The characters frustrated me with their actions and I felt like none of them ever really got what they deserved, good or bad.
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Wow. I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book with the title being so bold and out there. I have never really understood why we use the tern "fat girl", but after reading this book I am okay with the title. I found the main character Cookie to be a independently great character. The book examines diversity and how we view others. At the very beginning of the novel, we find Cookie having to buy two seats because of discrimination at it's finest. I found that it's not just about discrimination, but money too. Fat Girl on a Plane is a must read for anyone who's ever felt pushed and treated like a outsider.
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