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Book Review | Making Light of Being Heavy

Title: Making Light of Being Heavy

Author: Kandy Siahaya

My Review:

Kandy Siahaya is my kind of gal! a person who is overweight and who admits to the fact that being fat “sucks” {her words}, but that being fat is just who she is and that’s not going to stop her from being a vivacious person who lives life to it’s fullest.

This book is just a light hearted look at the ups and downs of living in a fat body in a world that does not take kindly to those of us who are not “cookie cutter” types. Being an overweight person myself, I was reading this book and chuckling to myself, totally relating to everything she was saying- I’m not sure of the author’s intention in writing this book, but for me personally, it made me feel good. It’s another step closer to being an “empowered fat chick,” and not letting someone else make me feel bad because I need to shop at plus sized stores!

One chapter deals with the countless diets that are out there that Ms. Siahaya has tried {and admittedly so have most of us!}, one is about the pain of exercise, one takes on “the blame game” {who’s fault is it that I am fat?}, but my favorite chapter is called She Has Such a Pretty Face. That really made me laugh because I have heard that so many times in my life and now I know I am not the only who has endured that rude and thoughtless comment. The author says “Why can’t they just tell me I am pretty?” {Preach it sister!}

I don’t think this book is just for fat people. I think it could help my “lighter” friends and family to know what it’s like to live in this body. I believe that in it’s humor, it could open up a really great dialogue about society, about how we look at the obese, and how we can learn to just accept that not everyone is the same. Live and let live man! šŸ™‚ Ms. Siahaya is an inspiration and I know that many of us could learn from her. Learn to accept ourselves not for our weight, our looks, or anything to do with appearance, but for what truly matters~ the heart.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Vicki

Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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