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- Language: English
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Just me, the Sink & the Pot Kindle Edition
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She imagines having a normal life, having a thin body, a boyfriend, get married, have sex, do exciting things in life. But everything collects around the thought that she is Fat and the society is partial to Thin girls.
Simple, clear language which gives you a clear view into the life of a girl termed as 'Fat' by the society.
But the writing is always in a lighter, funny tone. So its not depressing nor sounds as if its venting out but instead enlightening.
Pamela's continuous thinking that the Thin girls get everything good in life, makes her unable to see the other good things in her life.
Every day is an unhappy struggle for Pamela. She hopes and tries to win acceptance from her classmates but is constantly rejected. In an entertaining and readable way the author takes us through everyday examples – the dilemma of lunch breaks and what to be seen eating, how to dress when nothing fits or flatters, the inevitable cliques of ‘skinny’ girls who glance in her direction, giggling and laughing.
The quiet torment increases when boyfriends become a ‘thing’. Inevitably the other girls seem to have all the fun while Pamela can only fantasise and hope in vain. And, when she does strike up a relationship of sorts, she is unable to handle it.
At home there is little respite as her younger ‘normal’ sister despises her. She retreats to her bedroom and the company of her cuddly toys, the only ones that understand.
This is a sad tale, and brave in that it is semi-autobiographical. Young people the world over long to be part of the crowd. Pamela isn’t to know that each of her peers have their own insecurities; all she can see is her own situation. Each day brings hope and poignant despair for Pamela, and the reader’s heart goes out to her.
Maybe the only consolation is that each of us hopefully escape those years and find, as Pamela does, a measure of personal success and fulfillment.
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When I started the book, I didn't realise that it was in a style similar to the diary format. I am not used to it much. Except for The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank, I hadn't read any in this form. So it took a bit to get into it. But as soon as I got enmeshed in Pamela's heart, I wouldn't have it in any other form.
The story is about Pamela and her everyday struggles as a fat kid. It deals with body shaming and bullying. Kudos to the author to be gutsy enough to write on these psychologically important issues. The way the author has dealt with the sensitive material in the form of a first hand account of a girl who is deemed not normal by her peers is commendable. This resonated within me because seriously who hasn't felt what Pamela experiences. I can see a bit of me in her and I feel every teen would feel that way except for those who were perfect which I doubt anyone could be. The flow is easy and the language is simple. It is a fast read which touched my heart in so many ways. The wry humour had me smiling with tears in the eyes. It is at once funny and poignant. It had me thinking late into the night.
I have always felt that Anne Frank's Diary has to be read by people of all ages and I feel the same way about this book too! This is a must read for everyone especially teenagers. It would help in making the kids realise how much impact they have on their peers and how deep it can be.
The only thing which doesn't make the book a full 5 star read for me is the ending. Though it had a sudden twist, it was rather abrupt. I was seriously thinking the author would end it with a Pamela who would find her one and look back with nostalgia. I did like the ending with Pamela's realisation that it's okay to be different but it was just too abrupt for my tastes. Other than that, I applaud the author on a book well written!
My rating : 4.5/5
My reread factor : 3/5
Meet Pamela, an overweight girl who's looking back at her school days. From longing for a Valentine to dealing with a sibling who hates her, Pamela has a lot to deal with. She even has a special bunch of friends at home who she can turn to - but they aren't the kind of friends you'd expect. Life sucks when you're fat. Can Pamela ever be happy?
‘Just me…’ deals with a very sensitive and serious issue of body-shaming which affects a good percentage of kids these days—putting a dent on their self-esteem, which often goes undetected and manifests later. With easy availability of high calories junk food, the problem is all the more prominent and insurmountable for the generation.
The story is a bitter sweet journey of Pamela’s teenage years, which reads like a diary, giving us a glimpse of how her mind works and what she goes through as the various events and happenings unfold. The author has given us a deep insight in the psyche of a teenager through Pamela and her schoolmates.
For young kids, peers play a very important part in their day to day activities. The need to fit in and being part of any group is paramount in these growing years. But kids being kids, some are mean and some plain ignorant, and more often they don’t know how to handle a situation tactfully and hurt others unintentionally. This reverse psychology of kids has been captured very well throughout the book.
My heart went to Pamela as she find solace in her stuffed toys and talks her problems with her imaginary friends. I loved the idea of the author creating Pamela’s alter ego who kept her in line and spoke sane advices, making her think and evaluate events logically.
The narration and flow of language is impeccable. The end was a bit abrupt leaving me a bit dissatisfied. The chapter just ended as if someone has put a screeching brake on a vehicle moving at full speed. I would have loved to see Pamela gaining her self-esteem back and look at her teenage years with nostalgia and fondness.
I think everyone can take something from the story and steer clear from stereotyping people, especially kids.
A recommended read.
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