Life in the Fat Lane

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Turtleback Books, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 260 pages
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Pageant winner, homecoming queen -- Lara had the world at her feet. Until she got fat. Despite a strict diet and workout schedule, Lara is soon a nameless, faceless, 200-pound plus teenage blimp. She's desperate to get her to-die-for body back -- and to find an explanation for her mysterious weight gain. When she's diagnosed with a mysterious metabolic disorder with no known cure, Lara is forced to face the awful truth: She may have to spend the rest of her life trapped in a fat suit. Who will stay by her side? Her image-conscious family? Her shallow friends? Her handsome boyfriend? Or will she be left alone in the land of the fat girls?

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I didnt really like the ending though. - Goodreads
It was a total page turner that I could not put down. - Goodreads
The strict diets and workouts don't help at all. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lisa Stethem - Goodreads

Bennett was my favorite author as a teen and although it wasn't great she is still a great writer. The point is definitely driven home and obvious but with the title how could it not be. Read full review

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User Review  - Lesley - Goodreads

I've booktalked it and would put it on booklists dealing with body image. There's a mild sexual scene, but I still booktalked it to 6th graders and didn't get any complaints. It might feel a little dated to Gossip Girl readers, but there's not too many pop culture references. Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Cherie Bennett was born in Buffalo, N.Y. She attended Wayne State University, and then the University of Michigan. Cherie and her husband, Jeff Gottesfeld, often write on teen themes. They wrote the Trash series together, while Cherie authored the best-selling series Sunset Island. Cherie's fiction includes "Life in the Fat Land" and " Zink." Some of her other works include Girls In Love and Turn Me On. Her syndicated column, "Hey, Cherie!" appears in papers coast to coast. She is also one of America's finest young playwrights and a back-to-back winner of the Kennedy Center's "New Visions/New Voices" playwriting award. Cherie and Jeff also write under the pseudonymns C. J. Anders and Zoey Dean. Cherie and Jeff live in Nashville and Los Angeles.

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