Tracey L. Thompson, Writer
"I'd like to live in Tracey Thompson’s Fatropolis. The food is delightful, potential boyfriends and girlfriends are properly appreciative of the abundant figure, and all the accommodations are scaled to fit large bodies!
"Thompson's heroine Jenny accidentally finds this alternate Manhattan where the population hasn’t swallowed the poison pill of fat hatred. Jenny begins the book in a miserable condition. Friends, relatives and total strangers feel justified in ridiculing and judging her because of her plus-sized body. She accepts the verdict that she is lonely and a failure because she cannot succeed in losing weight and nothing else she might accomplish matters. I really felt for Jenny, who is a good, kind person trapped in a painful situation.
"When Jenny literally stumbles through a hidden portal into alternate world where her body size is valued, her first reaction is that someone is playing a cruel joke on her. Gradually she recovers from disbelieving shock and begins to realize that the men who pursue her in Fatropolis really do find her irresistible and the women envy her 'hearty' figure. She discovers that food is a pleasure rather than the enemy and that she deserves to live in a world set up to fit rather than to squeeze out her generous proportions.
"Jenny's journey takes us on a path many of us have traveled to accept our bodies and enjoy our lives just as we are. It would be easier if we could find one of those portals into Fatropolis, so let me know if you do and let's go!"
-Lynne Murray, author of The Falstaff Vampire Files
"Welcome to Fatropolis, where to be 'hearty' is to be desirable and sought after—where foodmakers are valued and warmongers are nonexistent. Welcome to Fatropolis, where to eat and drink is fraught with fun, not with sin.
"In a few places in Manhattan, with the help of miniature carved stone goddesses, one can pass through the portals between a world that values thinness and Fathattan, in Fatropolis, a world that values roundness.
"All her life Jenny has been told that she is not good enough, not attractive enough, because she is fat. While shopping for a gown for the key social event of the company for which she works, Jenny stumbles through a portal into a different country and a different dimension. Suddenly her round beauty is appreciated, she is fawned and fought over by men, and women are happy to befriend her.
"Through her journeys to Fatropolis Jenny learns to value her body and herself and to stand up for what she believes and intuitively honors. But most of all, as Fatropolis gives her a second lease on life, Jenny learns what it is to love herself, to love life, and to love."
-Frannie Zellman, author of FatLand and FatLand: The Early Days
"What I liked: What is beauty, and why don’t we ask that question more often? Sometimes we have to juxtapose norms to understand how arbitrary they are, and Ms. Thompson has done just that. I flat loved every page of this book because the journey it documents is one we should all take. I think people should learn to accept themselves no matter what size they are, and know all the way through that being fat doesn't diminish their intelligence or make them any less valuable. And besides the message, the writing is great. It’s not just a good read; it flowed very well and kept me captivated."
"What I didn’t like: I didn’t like that the story ended."
"In sum: It isn’t often that a book comes along that can touch your soul. Every single high school should require that its students read this, and you should read it, too."
-Critique de Book
This is one of the most thought provoking tales I've read about the life and love of a woman born and raised in a world that teaches her that if you're fat you aren't deserving (of so many things). I quickly fell in love with the characters, laughed out loud at their escapades and blinked back tears at their tenderness. But it was the little poignent details of life for fat people that made me pause and shake my head in wonder at Tracey Thompson's beautiful portrayal of these characters. I really hope that everyone reads this book, regardless of size, and begins to understand what makes us all so wonderfully unique and so stunningly similar.
-JayBee of Silver Spring, MD, Amazon.com book reviewer
"I laughed and I cried. This is delightful. I never really thought about how difficult it is for people with weight problems and how hurtful people can be to someone who doesn't fit our "ideal" of beauty. I loved this book and will recommend it to several people I know."
"This really needs to be made into a movie! I could not put the book down. Not only did it keep you intrigued, it had a beautiful story, and great insight for anyone that has ever had any kind of body image issues. Unfortunately we live in a world where you cannot be too "fat",too "ugly",too "short" or even too "beautiful" without being judged. You're made to feel if you are different, you are not worthy of having a wonderful life. Well, Tracy Thompson has taken the first step to change all of that in this book. Everyone deserves to have the happiest life they possibly can.I would suggest it to anyone, no matter what you look like or where you are from. It could teach alot of people a little something about compassion and loving life no matter what you may look like (or what you don't look like). Thank you for writing this book Tracey."
-Sherrie, Amazon.com book reviewer
"Yes, I'm hooked on the story, but the book also gets deep and real about fatphobia and self-hatred"...."This book is accessible with a compelling plotline."
"I enjoyed Fatropolis"...."The story is well paced, the characters identifiable and the descriptions of sights, sounds and smells are vivid...."
From the first few pages and on I was hooked into this book and the story of Jenny. I could identify with the emotions, the pain, the very humanness of all her feelings. The book made me stop and think about different times in my own life where I had been in difficult situations, or maybe, perhaps even put others, unthinkingly, in a difficult situation. I was also taken with all descriptions of Fatropolis itself. The tables, the chairs, the streets, the smells, the food, things that are so taken for granted. As I read this book I was thrilled that someone had finally written a book, or maybe, that I had finally found a book that could help me be comfortable with me, and enjoy the foods, friends and fellowship of like minded hearty folk.
-mwili, Amazon.com book reviewer
What would life be like if the world catered to "hearty" people instead of skinny skeletons? Jenny gets to find out when she accidentally falls through a portal and lands in Fatropolis. Here the world caters to fat people: cars are roomy and comfortable, along with seats at the theater and restaurant booths. Finding stylish clothes is easy and fun, and doctors don't assume that all of your health ailments would be cured if you lost weight.
I enjoyed following Jenny as she makes friends and adjusts to living life without being apologetic or ashamed of her size. There is also a romantic element to this tale as Jenny dates two different men and decides what she wants and deserves in a partner. She also must decide if she should stay in Fatropolis or return to the world she knows in Manhattan.
This was a fun and thought-provoking read! I highly reccommend it!!!
-PurpleKitty, Amazon.com book reviewer
"...Thompson weaves a fun, thoughtful tale that puts our own struggle for acceptance into stark relief. It's great escapism for those who may feel overwhelmed by the judgments and insults we must endure on a daily basis and I highly recommend it."
-Atchka of Fierce, Freethinking Fatties