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Maggie O'Leary, America's Anti-Diet sweetheart, plays Dear Abby to the overweight in her newspaper column, "Fat Chance." But all that changes when she receives a call from one of Hollywood's sexiest actors, Mike Taylor, asking her to serve as a consultant on a film in which he'll play a diet doctor in a weight-loss clinic. Maggie realizes this is a golden opportunity and g Maggie O'Leary, America's Anti-Diet sweetheart, plays Dear Abby to the overweight in her newspaper column, "Fat Chance." But all that changes when she receives a call from one of Hollywood's sexiest actors, Mike Taylor, asking her to serve as a consultant on a film in which he'll play a diet doctor in a weight-loss clinic. Maggie realizes this is a golden opportunity and goes on a clandestine weight-loss campaign to impress this heartthrob. Her culinary skills and newly svelte figure instantly win the affection of Mike. It seems as if Maggie has it all now. But she finds that she misses her good friend Tex and the life she had in New York. And while Maggie chooses between good ol' boy Tex and Hollywood Mike, she must also come to terms with her weight loss and what it means for her perception of herself.


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Maggie O'Leary, America's Anti-Diet sweetheart, plays Dear Abby to the overweight in her newspaper column, "Fat Chance." But all that changes when she receives a call from one of Hollywood's sexiest actors, Mike Taylor, asking her to serve as a consultant on a film in which he'll play a diet doctor in a weight-loss clinic. Maggie realizes this is a golden opportunity and g Maggie O'Leary, America's Anti-Diet sweetheart, plays Dear Abby to the overweight in her newspaper column, "Fat Chance." But all that changes when she receives a call from one of Hollywood's sexiest actors, Mike Taylor, asking her to serve as a consultant on a film in which he'll play a diet doctor in a weight-loss clinic. Maggie realizes this is a golden opportunity and goes on a clandestine weight-loss campaign to impress this heartthrob. Her culinary skills and newly svelte figure instantly win the affection of Mike. It seems as if Maggie has it all now. But she finds that she misses her good friend Tex and the life she had in New York. And while Maggie chooses between good ol' boy Tex and Hollywood Mike, she must also come to terms with her weight loss and what it means for her perception of herself.

30 review for Fat Chance: A Love Story of Food and Fantasy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    OMG, I am so glad I am not alone in my intense dislike of this book. I had high hopes, being a fat girl myself, for something that wasn't a "fat girl loses weight and now she's BETTER and MEN like her!" story, but that's exactly what this is. The nutritionist author (I should have known RIGHT THERE!) slides in all sorts of diet tips hoping you won't notice - but the entire thing reads (badly, I might add) like a self-help book for delusional fatties (you know, the ones who don't hate themselves) OMG, I am so glad I am not alone in my intense dislike of this book. I had high hopes, being a fat girl myself, for something that wasn't a "fat girl loses weight and now she's BETTER and MEN like her!" story, but that's exactly what this is. The nutritionist author (I should have known RIGHT THERE!) slides in all sorts of diet tips hoping you won't notice - but the entire thing reads (badly, I might add) like a self-help book for delusional fatties (you know, the ones who don't hate themselves) rather than a good beach read. Sucked out loud.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Antof9

    So. . . this is pretty standard-issue chick lit, and an enjoyable read. It's not War and Peace or anything, but is fun and goes quickly. Kind of along the lines of Good in Bed, it has a lot of similar themes, but isn't quite as well written, and is just a bit more predictable. I have yet to find a chicklit with a plus-size main character who doesn't end up slimmer in the end. . . I really liked Maggie's relationship with her assistant, Tamara. I wish the author would have developed that a bit more So. . . this is pretty standard-issue chick lit, and an enjoyable read. It's not War and Peace or anything, but is fun and goes quickly. Kind of along the lines of Good in Bed, it has a lot of similar themes, but isn't quite as well written, and is just a bit more predictable. I have yet to find a chicklit with a plus-size main character who doesn't end up slimmer in the end. . . I really liked Maggie's relationship with her assistant, Tamara. I wish the author would have developed that a bit more. Actually, Tamara could have her own book, and that would be fun to read, too. I found the most beautiful quote in this book, and am recording it here to remember. On a whim, Maggie stops by to visit her mother. "I'm glad you came to visit," my mother says, kissing me on the cheek. "Remember what your grandmother used to say?" I look at her and smile. "Seeing you makes me rich." I always loved that. That is just awesome.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mandi

    I'm borrowing this phrase from another review: Utterly ridiculous and mildly insulting. Bad writing, completely unlikable characters, and an unbelievable plot. Don't bother. I'm borrowing this phrase from another review: Utterly ridiculous and mildly insulting. Bad writing, completely unlikable characters, and an unbelievable plot. Don't bother.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Chick lit that annoyed me more than anything! Early on when Maggie decides to lose weight, the pounds are miraculously falling off and exercising just all of a sudden fits into her routine.....two weeks in she has lost 20 pounds.....Ha! Then 5 weeks in she is down 30 pounds......possible but unlikely! As a middle aged woman who can't seem to lose 2 pounds let alone 30, I found myself actually getting angry as I read this, I am surprised I actually finished it! I realize the older I get the harde Chick lit that annoyed me more than anything! Early on when Maggie decides to lose weight, the pounds are miraculously falling off and exercising just all of a sudden fits into her routine.....two weeks in she has lost 20 pounds.....Ha! Then 5 weeks in she is down 30 pounds......possible but unlikely! As a middle aged woman who can't seem to lose 2 pounds let alone 30, I found myself actually getting angry as I read this, I am surprised I actually finished it! I realize the older I get the harder it is to lose, but as someone who eats healthy and gets some form of exercise daily and still can't lose a pound, Maggie was just someone I wanted to slap. Then the unlikely relationship with the hunky movie star......good grief! The only good thing about reading this, is that it counts towards a book read for my reading challenge for 2016!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    2.75 stars. The idea for the book was good. The main character Maggie, fat columnist gets the offer of lifetime to be consultant for famous movie star. She loses weight( fairly easy, the movie star becomes infatuated with her very fast) but she wrestles with herself goes back to New York gets the good guy she always knew at end. The angst didn't match her journey 2.75 stars. The idea for the book was good. The main character Maggie, fat columnist gets the offer of lifetime to be consultant for famous movie star. She loses weight( fairly easy, the movie star becomes infatuated with her very fast) but she wrestles with herself goes back to New York gets the good guy she always knew at end. The angst didn't match her journey

  6. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was in the library's "staff picks" section, but it must have been placed there accidentally! I am still confused by what the author's stance on dieting is - seemingly the premise is that diets don't work and one should accept onseself at whatever weight. Yet, Maggie starves herself thin for a Hollywood hottie. And, by the way, she's still thin at the end of the book and then proceeds to give diet tips. She keeps talking about how angry she has been over the years and that's why she fli This book was in the library's "staff picks" section, but it must have been placed there accidentally! I am still confused by what the author's stance on dieting is - seemingly the premise is that diets don't work and one should accept onseself at whatever weight. Yet, Maggie starves herself thin for a Hollywood hottie. And, by the way, she's still thin at the end of the book and then proceeds to give diet tips. She keeps talking about how angry she has been over the years and that's why she flies from LA back to NYC back to LA between 2 men??!! She might have been angry, but I couldn't figure why. I'm sorry I kept reading this book to completion - I could've been reading something good!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melea Rose-Waters

    So the reviews of this book on Goodreads are pretty scathing. I really don't understand the pure hatred felt for this book. I've read, or attempted to read (unable to finish), far worse books. I was able to get through this book without a whole lot of pain and misery. The story is pretty far-fetched but I'll play along. I think why I'm giving this a "it was ok" was not just the story (although it does play a small part), but mainly because the writing was rambling and at times incoherent. Things So the reviews of this book on Goodreads are pretty scathing. I really don't understand the pure hatred felt for this book. I've read, or attempted to read (unable to finish), far worse books. I was able to get through this book without a whole lot of pain and misery. The story is pretty far-fetched but I'll play along. I think why I'm giving this a "it was ok" was not just the story (although it does play a small part), but mainly because the writing was rambling and at times incoherent. Things didn't flow together well. Not a show stopper of a book but not the worst thing you could read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phair

    Not terribly well written. A bit scattershot and hard to follow w/ lots of pedantic diet/weight advice and research in the guise of the main character's columns. The whole deal with the "consulting" for a film about a diet doctor seemed silly and unrealistic. What famous actor is going to put up the consultant at his own house, pick her up at the airport in his own car, etc?? There was never a single scene about 'consulting' with the writers or producers. I had to push myself to finish this. On Not terribly well written. A bit scattershot and hard to follow w/ lots of pedantic diet/weight advice and research in the guise of the main character's columns. The whole deal with the "consulting" for a film about a diet doctor seemed silly and unrealistic. What famous actor is going to put up the consultant at his own house, pick her up at the airport in his own car, etc?? There was never a single scene about 'consulting' with the writers or producers. I had to push myself to finish this. Only part that I felt anything about was where her mother is selling the family bakery- this made me cry as it felt very like when my folks sold their long-time family business.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Outspoken Queen of the Anti-Diet, Maggie O'Leary is asked to consult for one of Hollywood's hotties, she sees a chance to try and really reach her goal by actually losing weight. I am a sucker for weight loss heroines, but had a really hard time getting through this one. I just didn't care. Outspoken Queen of the Anti-Diet, Maggie O'Leary is asked to consult for one of Hollywood's hotties, she sees a chance to try and really reach her goal by actually losing weight. I am a sucker for weight loss heroines, but had a really hard time getting through this one. I just didn't care.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    This book is a jewel. It really shows the struggle and actually gives great health tips, all while being entertaining.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    While the concept was interesting, the book was poorly written, the characters mired down in poorly crafted emotions. Not my favorite read

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barb Peterson

    It's OK for a light read but just not written very well. I understand the story is fiction, but it's just trying to cram too much action into a story that is just not feasible. Example - when in the movie star's home, she throws her shoe toward the closet, it misses and "ricochets out of the open window". REALLY? They don't have window screens in California? Another example - she is gone about 3 days & her assistant back home has landed a serious boyfriend, started a new career, AND finished the It's OK for a light read but just not written very well. I understand the story is fiction, but it's just trying to cram too much action into a story that is just not feasible. Example - when in the movie star's home, she throws her shoe toward the closet, it misses and "ricochets out of the open window". REALLY? They don't have window screens in California? Another example - she is gone about 3 days & her assistant back home has landed a serious boyfriend, started a new career, AND finished the novel she's been working on for years. Sure, that's plausible. Not.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    I tried but got to chapter 3 and decided I didn’t want to waste any more time trying to slog through this book. It was slightly confusing to follow, I couldn’t connect with the main character, and reading descriptions of all the food she was eating just in the first 3 chapters was getting ridiculous.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nikki C

    Wtf. I couldn't even get through 2 chapters. Terrible... I was so uncomfortable reading. I think it was trying to be clever but it was just blehhh I am rating and reviewing so I don't make the mistake of reading it twice lol Wtf. I couldn't even get through 2 chapters. Terrible... I was so uncomfortable reading. I think it was trying to be clever but it was just blehhh I am rating and reviewing so I don't make the mistake of reading it twice lol

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    couldn't finish. this was just bad couldn't finish. this was just bad

  16. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Easy fast read

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Shank

    Storyline just ok. Cute read though.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daisy

    There’s not much to say about this book. The “storyline” is about an overweight columnist who loses weight in order to impress (literally) the man of her dreams – a movie star. I use the word “storyline” very loosely because this book is really a self-help and diet book thinly veiled by adding cliché characters and trying-to-hard-to-be-witty dialogue. What makes it worse is that the characters aren’t even likeable. The main character is the biggest hypocrite I’ve ever fictionally met. She looks d There’s not much to say about this book. The “storyline” is about an overweight columnist who loses weight in order to impress (literally) the man of her dreams – a movie star. I use the word “storyline” very loosely because this book is really a self-help and diet book thinly veiled by adding cliché characters and trying-to-hard-to-be-witty dialogue. What makes it worse is that the characters aren’t even likeable. The main character is the biggest hypocrite I’ve ever fictionally met. She looks down on women who count their calories and continuously try the latest fad workouts and exercise machines; yet she does that exact same thing halfway through the book. She preaches to her readers the cliché line of loving your body regardless of your weight, yet she decides to slim down just so that she could seduce a man. Also, for a book that is all about “loving” your body, she sure does put down a lot of women. Throughout the book, the main character is constantly comparing herself to other women and their bodies (their breast size, the shape of their butt, the beauty or exoticness of their faces) and even going so far as to assume the reason for their slim bodies was because of their unhealthy, miniscule diets and rigorous exercise. The main character looked down on others too much for someone who dedicated her career to making women feel better about themselves. All the other characters were basically unbearable as well. Each character had little development or depth and were nothing more than clichés. The actor was a beautiful drug addict who had a line of women wanting to have sex with him. The editor had a beer gut and a huge appetite. Even the side characters were cliché – models who starved themselves, actresses who slept around the industry, a mother who loved you in a way that you didn’t realise until the end (of the book, literally). The love story was weak and so painfully obvious – the author would give you easy clues about the ending and then include massive neon signs pointing to the clue, in case you missed it. As a diet book, I’d give this book two, maybe even three stars. However, as a “fictional novel”, it definitely only gets a single star. Either publishers need to re-think what constitutes as an interesting storyline, or they need to be more subtle in their secret quest to help women lose weight.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Az

    stupid waste of time. i began this book with expectations, there's a female character with some panache who is met with an obstacle. which she buckles to completely. very nice--tell you reader that a make-over is just what any woman needs, instead of sticking to the original idea of fitness and self-respect over dieting and self-hatred. brillant. afterwards of course, the men will fall over themselves to get at you, after they themselves have cleaned up a bit, of course. miserable stupid waste. stupid waste of time. i began this book with expectations, there's a female character with some panache who is met with an obstacle. which she buckles to completely. very nice--tell you reader that a make-over is just what any woman needs, instead of sticking to the original idea of fitness and self-respect over dieting and self-hatred. brillant. afterwards of course, the men will fall over themselves to get at you, after they themselves have cleaned up a bit, of course. miserable stupid waste. why is it only YA books understand how to deal with body issues (The Earth, My Butt and Other Round Things does it best) this is a relevant sphere for adults as well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    A quick, fun chick read. Has some funny moments that made me laugh out loud. Maggie is a New York journalist who writes a column for overweight people. She thinks dieting is a joke and food is for eating. She practices what she preaches, too. Until she's asked to go to LA and consult with a major hottie movie star, Mike Taylor, for his upcoming movie dealing with obesity and eating disorders. So she begins a secret plan to lose weight, with the help of her assistant. Don't expect this to be the A quick, fun chick read. Has some funny moments that made me laugh out loud. Maggie is a New York journalist who writes a column for overweight people. She thinks dieting is a joke and food is for eating. She practices what she preaches, too. Until she's asked to go to LA and consult with a major hottie movie star, Mike Taylor, for his upcoming movie dealing with obesity and eating disorders. So she begins a secret plan to lose weight, with the help of her assistant. Don't expect this to be the average person's weight loss dilemma. The pounds come off a little too easy to be believable, but it's still a fun story. Maggie is a mess, but aren't we all!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book is hurting my head so far. I don't see myself finishing it. How long will the protagonist keep hammering out ridiculous arguments supporting obesity? I'm a sturdy gal myself and I love my body and what it does, but I know that extensive research indicates that excess weight is detrimental to my health. I'll reserve judgment for now and give this book 70 more pages. Update: the story is ridiculous. An obese person in need of validation who seeks excuses to remain obese would love this b This book is hurting my head so far. I don't see myself finishing it. How long will the protagonist keep hammering out ridiculous arguments supporting obesity? I'm a sturdy gal myself and I love my body and what it does, but I know that extensive research indicates that excess weight is detrimental to my health. I'll reserve judgment for now and give this book 70 more pages. Update: the story is ridiculous. An obese person in need of validation who seeks excuses to remain obese would love this book. I wonder if the author has ever been obese. I'm glad this book came from the library.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura Radniecki

    This turned out to be a fun, light hearted "beach read" for me. I loved Maggie right off the bat. Fun personality and I loved that she embraced her size, and offered humorous advice via her column. As she started to lose weight [not a spoiler - it says as much on the inside book flap], I started not loving the book as much. I liked her because she wasn't desperate to be skinny like so much of our society. But then, she was too. As the story unfolded though, there's more to Maggie's story than what This turned out to be a fun, light hearted "beach read" for me. I loved Maggie right off the bat. Fun personality and I loved that she embraced her size, and offered humorous advice via her column. As she started to lose weight [not a spoiler - it says as much on the inside book flap], I started not loving the book as much. I liked her because she wasn't desperate to be skinny like so much of our society. But then, she was too. As the story unfolded though, there's more to Maggie's story than what I initially thought. It was surprisingly profound, in her journey to learn to love herself. The movie star part was far fetched but hey - good for a beach read!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This book is written by a journalist and nutritionist -- the story itself was weak, but I enjoyed the nutrition tips and main character's newspaper advice colunms that were written into the story. I understand the author's intent -- to present factual, weight-loss information within a fictional context. She is well intended, but misses the mark, with a story that is predictable and shallow. Even for chick-lit. But, the weight loss tips are sound, and it is nice to see them in written into a stor This book is written by a journalist and nutritionist -- the story itself was weak, but I enjoyed the nutrition tips and main character's newspaper advice colunms that were written into the story. I understand the author's intent -- to present factual, weight-loss information within a fictional context. She is well intended, but misses the mark, with a story that is predictable and shallow. Even for chick-lit. But, the weight loss tips are sound, and it is nice to see them in written into a story-line.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lobna Amer

    The more I read of this book the more the readers' reviews became confusing. The pure hatred and criticism for the book didn't make any sense, to me at least. The book was fun. Maggie's thoughts and feelings were legitimate. The writer seemed to have lived inside my head at some point. I am sorry, but losing weight to look more attractive to men, to yourself, to the fashion industry, blah, blah, blah, is absolutely understandable, especially if you have been born fat and lived life on the sideli The more I read of this book the more the readers' reviews became confusing. The pure hatred and criticism for the book didn't make any sense, to me at least. The book was fun. Maggie's thoughts and feelings were legitimate. The writer seemed to have lived inside my head at some point. I am sorry, but losing weight to look more attractive to men, to yourself, to the fashion industry, blah, blah, blah, is absolutely understandable, especially if you have been born fat and lived life on the sidelines. All in all the book was a tad unbelievable, but mostly fun and truthful.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    First of all, let me say that this was a really stupid book. The plot was stupid and the characters were even more stupid. That said, I gave it 3 stars because it's a book about a woman who was heavy her whole life, then lost a lot of weight. Scattered throughout the book are her thoughts and experiences regarding body image. As someone who has gone through exactly that, I was floored by how on-target and well articulated these thoughts were, and have quoted them many times since. First of all, let me say that this was a really stupid book. The plot was stupid and the characters were even more stupid. That said, I gave it 3 stars because it's a book about a woman who was heavy her whole life, then lost a lot of weight. Scattered throughout the book are her thoughts and experiences regarding body image. As someone who has gone through exactly that, I was floored by how on-target and well articulated these thoughts were, and have quoted them many times since.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This book was typical of the "fat" chick lit books. Girl is happy and fat (or thinks she is), girl has chance to meet hot boy, girl starves herself to become thin, thereby alienating some group (friends, co-workers, etc.), girl meets boy and finds out he's not worth the effort, girl starts eating again and finds out that her "friend" is actually her one true love. Unimpressive, mildly offensive and uninspired. This book was typical of the "fat" chick lit books. Girl is happy and fat (or thinks she is), girl has chance to meet hot boy, girl starves herself to become thin, thereby alienating some group (friends, co-workers, etc.), girl meets boy and finds out he's not worth the effort, girl starts eating again and finds out that her "friend" is actually her one true love. Unimpressive, mildly offensive and uninspired.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book was alright. Not sorry I read it, I enjoyed it and thought it was a great idea for a book. I guess what didn't sit right with me was the ending of the book, actually the Epilogue. It made the book feel like a self-help book. Also, Maggie was only suppose to be gone for 2 weeks, but the things that were happening back in New York while she was gone would have taken like a month or two not just two weeks. This book was alright. Not sorry I read it, I enjoyed it and thought it was a great idea for a book. I guess what didn't sit right with me was the ending of the book, actually the Epilogue. It made the book feel like a self-help book. Also, Maggie was only suppose to be gone for 2 weeks, but the things that were happening back in New York while she was gone would have taken like a month or two not just two weeks.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    I thought this was an amazing romance story and I found it easy to relate to. The struggle with weight and personal image that the main character endures is tremendous and I found it enlightening to see this type of steamy romance story told from the perspective of a woman who changed herself and went against everything that she stood for so that she could move up in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I hope to read some more like it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    AWESOME! A BOOK PUBLISHED BY RED DRESS INK RARELY DISAPPOINTS & this surely did not! Great book about food, working & living in NYC and th comparison of the west coast LA! Anyone who is losing weight or has experienced a body change should read this book! It is a fantastic portrayal of the psyche & feelings that one has with such a change! It also includes romance as well! A definite good read!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    A woman makes a living encouraging her fellow females to love themselves regardless of their weight. She gets the opportunity to become a Hollywood consultant, drops a tremendous amount of weight in a ridiculous amount of time, and now the men come out of the woodwork, although they supposedly liked her before as well. Utterly ridiculous and mildly insulting.

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