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Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons | Book Review



Confession: I had no idea who Brittany Gibbons was before I started reading her book, Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin...Every Inch of It. Some of you may be thinking I live under a rock, and after reading her book, I'm thinking that I may actually have been. She's been in the news on numerous shows, plus she's a blogger, and I had never even heard her name. 

Now that I've read her book, I can easily say I'm obsessed with Brittany Gibbons. Fat Girl Walking is a hilarious memoir of her life. She walks you through the struggles of growing up overweight with crazy parents. She recalls her life as the "secret girlfriend" to many high school guys before finding the love of her life, Andy Gibbons. She shares her struggles with anxiety in college and how she became an internet success. She shares all of these things about her life, but she also gives sound advice to those who may be struggling with the same things that she struggled with for most of her life. 

This book was a quick read because it almost read like a blog. Brittany writes a blog called Brittany, Herself, and that's where she first started sharing many of the things in her book. You definitely get a sense of her background in blogging from the book, and as a blogger, I loved this. 

The only parts of Fat Girl Walking that I didn't enjoy were those about pregnancy and being a mother. While these chapters were hilarious, it's not something I know anything about, and they aren't things that I'm worried about experiencing anytime soon, so these chapters kind of dragged on for me. I think future Tiffany will enjoy these chapters as well as women who have had experiences giving birth and raising children or are even just thinking about becoming a mother, but because I couldn't relate, I couldn't get into these parts. 

Aside from that, this book was laugh out loud hilarious. 

These are a few of my favorite quotes: 

From the introduction: "This is not a diet book, guys. In fact, if I do this right, our cycles will align and we'll be eating our feelings together by the third chapter." -- How could I not be excited about reading this book after reading a line like that?

"When you get into your twenties and begin to take mental stock of your life, the good parts and the bad parts become glaringly apparent. We all have them, good parts and bad parts, but your twenties are generally the first time that you really begin to see the timeline that led you to your current existence." -- As a twenty-something, this really stuck with me and made me start thinking about how the crap I got to where I am.

When an elementary school classmate accused her of having AIDS: "I never asked who she'd heard that from. I don't even know anybody with AIDS. If by Aids, she meant IBS, then, yes, I had that." -- I laughed uncontrollably for several minutes after reading this. 

Advice from her grandmother: "You are going to fail at a lot of things, so when you do, do it on such a grand scale that half the room gives you a standing ovation, and the other half gives you the middle finger." -- Quite possibly my favorite piece of advice from the entire book.

"I'm not saying I don't see fat; saying that is akin to the people who make grand statements about 'not seeing color.' Seeing color doesn't mean that you're a racist. It means your eyes work, but that you have hopefully able to see color not for a discrepancy in normal, but as a beautiful component of diversity."



I give Fat Girl Walking a 4 out of 5. There is so much to love about this book. My favorite parts were her emails with her husband, Andy (seriously, they were made for each other), recollections of a childhood with her dad after he was hit by a semi-truck, her progression into isolation due to anxiety and way too many things to name right now. I think girls of all shapes, all colors and all walks of life should read this book because there's something in it for everyone. 

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins for my honest review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. 




58 comments :

  1. I had a FB friend who JUST posted about this book this morning. I think it's a sign i need to pick it up and give it a read!

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  2. This book sounds hilarious!! Those types of books make for great summer reads. :-)

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  3. I haven't heard of her before now - but the book looks great!! The advice from her grandmother is perfect!

    Pick Your Beau

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  4. This book sounds amazing!! I had never heard of her either but I'm about to do some serious stalking on her blog :) Thanks for the recommendation.

    Annie N Belle

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  5. I've never heard of her, but I'm excited to look into the blog! Those quotes are hilarious.

    Kelly
    Ohio Stripes

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  6. Can't wait to read this book! Another book added to my list thanks to your blog ;)


    xoxo

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  7. I adore it already without having read it!!! I need this in my life haha

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  8. This book sounds amazing! Definitely entering the giveaway!

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  9. I like the advice for twenty something's. Being one myself, it makes this book very relate-able! Sounds like a hilarious read! Any book that makes your laugh out loud is a winner "in my book" hahaha

    -Morgan

    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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  10. Sounds entertaining!
    I may have to get my hands on this one.


    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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  11. This sounds SO GOOD! Now I want to check out her blog as well!

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  12. I have never heard of her! She sounds amazing! Love the quotes you shared

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  13. I've never heard of her either but I think I do live under a rock half the time (since I don't have a tv). It sounds like a super entertaining book and the quotes are super relatable and humorous!

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  14. Advice from her grandmother: "You are going to fail at a lot of things, so when you do, do it on such a grand scale that half the room gives you a standing ovation, and the other half gives you the middle finger." -- Quite possibly my favorite piece of advice from the entire book.
    OK FAVORITE QUOTE EVER. I seriously need to read this book!

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  15. This sounds amazing, really! Great review. Just finished up the Goldfinch and I'm definitely going to pick this up for my commute!

    Alessandra | The PumpUp Blog

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  16. This book looks amazing! I'll have to add it to my list of books to read!

    XO
    Ashley
    privateschoolprepster.blogspot.com

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  17. This book sounds awesome! Definitely going to check out Brittany's blog. Also I love the quotes you pulled out (the first one especially, LOL)!

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  18. Love! I've never heard about her either... oops. I guess I better learn about her! Thanks for sharing :)
    xoxo
    Lauren Ashley
    www.thefashionistasdiary.com

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  19. I haven't heard of her either, but she seems hilarious! I will have to check up on this book! Thanks for sharing!
    xo, claudia
    www.chroniclesofclaudia.com

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  20. I haven't heard of her either, but now I want to read her book and her blog :). Thanks for writing such a thorough review! :)

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  21. This book sounds AMAZING! Can't wait to check this book out!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  22. This book sounds really good!! I haven't heard of her either (I really do live under a rock I think) but I will definitely be checking out her blog!

    Anchors and Pearls

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  23. This is my first time hearing of the book, but I can't wait to check it out now! I love books that have a sense of humor to them.

    Jenni // The Beautiful Little Fools

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  24. I haven't heard of this book either but I definitely want to read it! I always love your book reviews! I LOVED those quotes at the end. They were so inspiring!

    XOXO

    Marie H.

    Progression By Design

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  25. Lauren ScorzafavaJune 2, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    I hadn't heard of her either, but I'll have to check out this book! Thanks for sharing!

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    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  26. This book made me adore her. She's so hilarious!

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  27. There were so many quotable parts to this book. It was seriously so amazing. I'm so happy you enjoyed the review, Marie!

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  28. Me too! This one was definitely full of comedic moments.

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  29. I hope you enjoy it! She's such an inspiration.

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  30. It really is amazing! I loved it!

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  31. I'm so glad you enjoyed the review, Vicky! I hope you enjoy reading her book and blog!

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  32. This book was laugh out loud hilarious. I had to stop and catch my breath from laughing so hard. Loved it!

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  33. She's definitely worth someone getting to know. She's a hilarious inspiration.

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  34. Right?! She's so hilarious. I think you'll love her blog!

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  35. I hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it! It's so hilarious.

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  36. I've been wanting to read The Goldfinch!

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  37. Right?! I feel like that's the best life advice ever.

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  38. I wish I didn't have a TV! It's such a time waster. This book was seriously so great. Just hilarious and also inspirational. I loved it so much.

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  39. She's so amazing! I loved her book, and now I love her blog.

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  40. This book is definitely chockful of great advice in between all of the hilarious stories.

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  41. It's so great! I hope you're one of the winners, because I think you'll really love it.

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  42. Yay! So happy I can contribute to your TBR list.

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  43. This entire book was just full of hilarious things. I loved it.

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  44. I hope you enjoy blog-stalking her! I love her!

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  45. I completely agree! Definitely my favorite quote of the entire book.

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  46. I completely agree! This is definitely a perfect summer read.

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  47. That's so crazy! You should take it as a definite sign that you need to read it ASAP!

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  48. I am totally following her on everything now...

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  49. I've read her blog off and on over the years and somehow missed she has a book! Sounds like it's worth a read!

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  50. If you enjoy her blog, you'll definitely like her book!

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  51. Yay! No shame in that. I'm doing the same thing. Haha!

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  52. this book sounds awesome! I'd love to win this :D thanks for sharing Tiffany ♥

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  53. It was seriously so incredible. I loved it!

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  54. I'd never heard of her either. I totally want to read this, I'm so glad I saw your post (wish I saw it earlier, bummed I missed the giveaway) I gained a LOT of weight about 8 years ago (I'm now like twice the size I was) and its severely affected me (like not leaving the house because I'm so embarrassed for those past years. Having depression and anxiety doesn't help it either, lol). Something I've been trying lately is to read things that fat happy chicks have written/posted to try to help make me feel better, drown out all the negative things I've heard /read/ thought about myself. Tess Holiday is someone i love reading about, her interviews are awesome & inspiring, like her #effyourbeautystandards (not sure spelled right) campaign. Thanks for this review, I'm really hoping i'll be able to read this.

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  55. Nikki, thanks so much for opening up about your struggle. It sounds like a difficult journey, and I can't even imagine what you've been through for the past few years. I definitely think Brittany's book sounds so perfect for you! It offers some great advice that I think you'll find super relatable.

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