Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir

August 19, 2011 by  
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Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir

After undergoing gall bladder surgery at age twenty-three, Jennette Fulda decided it was time to lose some weight. Actually, more like half her weight. At the time, Jennette weighed 372 pounds.

Jennette was not born fat. But, by fifth grade, her response to a school questionnaire asking “what would you change about your appearance” was “I would be thinner.” Sound familiar?

Half-Assed is the captivating and incredibly honest story of Jennette’s journey to get in shape, los

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  1. . says:
    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Disappointing, March 13, 2011
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    This review is from: Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir (Paperback)

    While I give the author major kudos for her accomplishment, this book is a major dud. First, it appears to be adapted from her web site, things are told out of order, and it becomes downright confusing. Second, she just did not come across (in this book) as very likable. Usually I would find myself rooting for the protagonist, but in this case I could not summon up any concern whatsoever about her succeeding or failing. As well, I usually end memoirs wishing I could meet the person, hang out, that I somehow know him/her. In this case, I did not feel like she ever revealed herself, but I would pass on any opportunity to meet. I had high hopes for this book based on the reviews, but it was a disappointment and major waste of money.

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  2. Book Maven says:
    80 of 110 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Her rear is tiny, her life is big, April 21, 2008
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    I’m a sucker for a good before and after tale. Lucky for me, this memoir is so much more. Fulda chronicles her amazing 186+ weight loss, more than half of her starting weight. But she does more than just show us her weight loss; she describes her relationship with her body and with her daily habits with such wit and humor that I laughed out loud dozens of times. The pace is quick, and the content is interesting (no daily diet plans or lists of gym workouts here).

    I also like Fulda’s attitude. She doesn’t pretend to be a weight loss guru, and she never disrespects herself and her body. Everyone knows how to lose weight…it’s her dedication that makes her tale amazing. Also, I enjoy her focus on becoming athletic rather than getting thin (especially refreshing in today’s “Get Skinny!” social climate.) She is a very positive person, even when dealing with ugly plus-size clothes, negative blog comments, or the inevitable plateaus.

    This is a great, inspirational read, and Fulda is a delightful writer. Reading it made my wait at the DMV actually enjoyable; I only wish the book could have lasted longer!

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  3. James F. Rendek says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the best books I’ve ever read, November 16, 2010
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    One of the best books I have ever read. Every paragraph is loaded with humor and insight well beyond the typical diet book/memoir. I frequently wondered how the author could possibly organize her thought so well and express them so clearly. Technically this is not a how to book but you will learn more here than you will in most diet books and be well entertained. I lost over 200 pounds and eventually gained back half and I am now reapplying myself. I have been there so I can truly appreciate her work and her prose. My best advice is to read Atkins and read this book while you’re on you’re “weigh”.

    -Jim Rendek

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