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 plans 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 liked the view from inside the political family from Belle, so I thought this was really interesting to see it from another perspective.
- Colby’s body images and eating disorder were real things and I think they were portrayed in a good way. I have struggled with food forever. I occasionally find myself running to food when I am stressed, upset or even happy. It is a struggle and I have always weighed more than I wanted to. I really thought the book brought out the issues in a real way and could make people who do not struggle with food realize what a battle it is.
- Colby’s mom is awful, but a lot of people see binge-eating and overeating as a personal problem, not as a mental issue. She would tell Colby she needs to “push away” from the table or count calories. Colby was using food as a way to connect to her father, as solace when she was upset, not because she was hungry.
- I really liked Leah’s character. She was strong, had been pushed down, but still stood up for herself when everyone, including her family, treated her awfully.
- More and more bad kept coming to Colby, it felt like it was overkill. I think the relationship with her mother and her father’s scandal would be hard enough, it just seemed a little crazy to keep piling it on.
- The whole situation that happened to Ryan (trying not to spoil here) seemed so unnecessary to me. I almost put the down the book because it was just not needed. It seemed to take the path in the book off course. I think the message could have been the same without that situation.