Fat: A Love Story Summary
Fat: A Love Story is not simply a book about an overweight girl, although that subject is treated sensitively and realistically. It is about the qualities of friendship, self-esteem, identity, class structure, and even the nature of the universe.
The fast pace of the book makes it an absorbing, easy read, and the mixture of quirkiness with realism makes the characters memorable. Rita Formica, Nicole Sicard, and Arnold Bromberg may be unusual in many respects, but the thread of their humanity is strong.
The central struggle of the book is Rita's attempt to come to terms with her weight. A fat child and now a fat teen-ager, Rita simply likes to eat. Part of the action of the book is Rita's exploration of why she eats and how she begins to overcome her obsession. Her eating binges may speak to many teenagers, and the self-awareness that Rita begins to...
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Barbara Wersba Biographies (3)
4,193 words, approx. 14 pages
Over a period spanning the better part of four decades, Barbara Wersba has written more than two dozen books, including several well-received novels for young adults that feature sensitive, artistic t...
4,721 words, approx. 16 pages
"I was born in 1932, to a father whose parents were Russian-Jewish, and to a mother who was a Kentucky Baptist. The only child of this stormy marriage, I grew up in almost total solitude. I thought I ...
3,472 words, approx. 12 pages
Although more than half of her published works are for younger children, Barbara Wersba is best known as the author of young adult novels in which sensitive and artistic teen protagonists, alienated f...