Fatty Patty


Book Review for “Fatty Patty”

“Fatty Patty” by Kathleen Irene Paterka

Well liked, beloved friend, sister and fifth grade teacher, Patty Perreault is up for Teacher of the Year.  While her “kids” mean everything to her and she loves her job (with the exception of a certain few kids in her class), she’s set on losing weight because she’s worried they won’t pick her for Teacher of the Year because of her weight.  She’s determined and ready to start losing weight, but along the way endures internal and relationship struggles.

First there’s Sam Curtis, who she meets while swimming laps.  As their friendship grows when he offers his expertise on her finances.  While she thinks he’s a nice guy, she can’t see him as anything more than just a friend — because he’s overweight.  Then comes Nick Lamont, a handsome coworker who she’d give up anything for, but there might be more to him than she thinks or wants to admit.  What will “Fatty Patty” do?  Will she let the handsome man walk all over her, or will she stand her ground and see that it’s what’s on the inside that matters the most?

When I decided to be part of the “Fatty Patty” tour, I took part because I loved the cover.  Yes, the cover did sway me, but after reading the first chapter, I was hooked all the way to the end!  From the beginning I was a huge fan of Patty.  I liked the way she took charge of her weight and began swimming laps.  I also liked how her sister stood by her, supporting her in each way, sometimes even hiding food from her when need be.  Their relationship swayed a little bit, but that was understood, too.  I would’ve liked more between them as far as being honest with each other, especially on Patty’s part.  She should’ve said what she thought more, rather than what she thought.

As for her romantic life, I liked both Sam and Nick.  Sam was the one with the heart and Nick was the one with the good looks…(No, I’m not going to spoil it for you!  Read the book!)

Books about “fat” characters can be a touchy subject, but Kathleen Irene Paterka created “Fatty Patty” in a brilliant way.  I loved Patty’s character and think that any woman at any size will, too.

Overall, I think that Kathleen has written a wonderful and heartwarming book about weight, finding yourself and about falling in love.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!

About the author:

Kathleen Irene Paterka fell in love with writing (and food) at a very young age. By the time she graduated high school, she’d completed her first manuscript and she weighed 300 lbs. Though the extra pounds have long since disappeared, Kathleen still carries the emotional scars of being a former fatty. FATTY PATTY was born from the cruel teasing she endured on the school playground. Kathleen is the author of numerous novels which embrace universal themes of home, family life and love, including the Women’s Fiction series, “The James Bay Novels”. Kathleen is the resident staff writer for Castle Farms, a world renowned castle listed on the National Historic Register, and co-author of the non-fiction book FOR THE LOVE OF A CASTLE, published in 2012. Having lived and studied abroad, Kathleen’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Michigan University. She and her husband live in the beautiful north country of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Kathleen loves hearing from readers.

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4 thoughts on “Fatty Patty

  1. Isabella, I am SO HAPPY that you loved Patty! She was such a hard character to work with… that woman definitely had a mind of her own! Her relationship with her twin sister, Priscilla, was one I particularly enjoyed. My husband is an identical twin, and our daughter Abby has twin boys. As for self-esteem and weight issues, those are matters close to my heart. I grew up overweight (300 lbs. in high school, no boyfriend, no dates, no prom. I couldn’t ever imagine a man wanting to kiss me, let alone marry me. Just like Patty, I had a lot of things to work through. But Patty starts with a ‘P’ (in fact, her students in the book call her “Miss P”) and “P” stands for perseverance. Through it all, Patty perseveres, even while she’s at her lowest (usually with her hand in the cookie jar!).

    Patty and I thank you for the wonderful review!

    -Kathleen

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