Small towns, long memories. Everyone in the exclusive summer resort of James Bay, Michigan remembers FATTY PATTY, the chubby little girl with the round face and wild red curls. All grown up now, Patty Perreault teaches at the same elementary school where the painful playground memories still taunt her. She hasn’t forgotten the cruel nickname—plus she still hasn’t lost those extra pounds. Convinced her weight is the biggest reason why she’s a four-time loser in the semifinals for Teacher of the Year, Patty resolves to make some changes in her body and her life.
Sam Curtis, an overweight accountant she meets at the community pool, swims into Patty’s life with romance on his mind. But as their friendship grows, Patty finds it hard to see beyond his extra pounds. She’s torn as Sam refuses to deal with his own overweight issues. Her heart tells her one thing, but her eyes see another. She’s not interested in an overweight boyfriend.
When it comes to winning the Grand Prize in life and love, Patty has some hard lessons to learn. Will she be able to confront her fears about the kind of woman she yearns to be? Will she be able to put down the fork and give her heart a try?
I honestly did not like Patty for much of this book … But I think that was kinda the point. We were meant to be able to identify with her but not necessarily find her likable. She knows that she’s making bad choices and saying or doing unflattering things, but she can’t help herself. Some of it broke my heart but I could see myself thinking or doing the same things.
Paterka does a fantastic job of giving readers someone who could just as easily live next door as between the pages of a book. It is so easy to see how Patty gets herself into these situations and why she does what she does. She’s so believable and relatable.
Patty does a lot of growing throughout the story and by the end I found myself rooting for her – she learns what’s important and where she belongs. Fatty Patty is a sweet story about love, growth and learning what is important. And I’m glad I read through to the end.