Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum
Release Date: April 18 2014
Publisher: Adams Media
Received from: NetGalley
Rating: 5, but I don’t think I could handling reading it again.
Cover Thoughts: I love cupcakes, but the title is what drew me.
Review: This book was terrible. Not terrible in the sense that it was written badly or I didn't like the characters. Terrible in the sense that even at the ending there was no happy ending. I can not really relate to the main character but I can see people I know dealing with similar situations in the past or now. And it’s sad so sad.
Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It’s her life: Dad’s a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative’s trailer, where her mom’s contempt swells right along with Colby’s supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plan her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby’s role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she’s only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.
I started off reading things book absolutely hating it. I wanted to stop because of the cruel people in this book. I didn't understood how one could be so cruel with their words. It was like watching a train wreck and I was stuck watching I could not stop reading. I read it well into the night and had a good cry too. I just have no understanding of how someone can claim they are a good nice person or mother when they are constantly tearing down others.
The rape part had me wanting to throw my book across the room. The reaction the family has is horrifying but so true. People don’t want to see it and help only when it’s convenient for them. I think in part is was the way I was raised but it won’t matter if I hated whatever my family was doing or thought it wrong or whatever I would still help if they needed it. I would do everything in my power to ensure that in the end they were still okay.
Anyways I guess what I suggest is reading it and realizing what your words can do to a person.