Book Review | Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy

Title: Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy: The Belle of All Things Southern Dishes on Men, Money, and Not Losing Your Midlife Mind

Author: Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

My Review:

I had no idea what to expect when I received Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s, Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy. For some reason I had in my head this would be a book at someone over coming weight issues and the trauma of being overweight; I was way off base.

Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat is pure reading bliss. I have never actually had a friend who is from the “South.” Apparently I am missing out. I think it would be a sheer delight to have someone with the wit and wisdom of someone like Shellie Rushing Tomlinson as a friend. The cover of the book refers to Shellie as the Belle of All Things Southern and I 100% agree.

I think what I love the most about Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat is that it is so down to earth and everything is right on target. Take for instance the Bubba categories, Bubba being a non-derogatory male synonym. She says there are 3 types of Bubbas (men): Stray Bubbas, House Bubbas and Yard Bubbas. Stray Bubbas being very social and thrive on attention, House Bubbas that love to be home and might smother a Belle with their need for constant companionship and Yard Bubbas who are a fine mix of man who is equally happy in the home and out of the home. I have to say my Bubba is definitely a Yard Bubba and I have to agree with Shellie, they are the good ones and yes, if you have or find a Yard Bubba snatch him up because they are few and far between.

The greatest part about Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, is how there are these chapters with these delectable Southern dishes that go along with the theme of her current subject. For example, while we focused on our Bubba’s, a chapter on Main dishes is introduced. Of course there are no Tofu recipes to be found in this book; Shellie says if you are looking for Tofu recipes “you’re flat out of luck.”

I plan to pass this book title on to as many people as I can. The reading, humor and recipes like I said before are a sheer delight. This book has been an absolute joy to read and review.

*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.*


Jeannie currently lives in California with her family, and enjoys reading and playing with paper of all kinds. She is and active blogger and is involved with many communities and groups online, mostly due to her professional relationship with paper, glue and scissors.

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