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A hilarious and sometimes poignant look at the absurdities of weight-loss culture from an appealing and original voice. From the creator of the immensely popular websites Pound and Candyboots, this is the memoir of Wendy McClure's odyssey-on-line and off-through the Valley of The Shadow of Her Really Big Ass. It's about the universe she created for herself when she couldn'A hilarious and sometimes poignant look at the absurdities of weight-loss culture from an appealing and original voice. From the creator of the immensely popular websites Pound and Candyboots, this is the memoir of Wendy McClure's odyssey-on-line and off-through the Valley of The Shadow of Her Really Big Ass. It's about the universe she created for herself when she couldn't see herself as a kicky Weight Loss Success Story, only she put it all on a website and became sort of an inspiration anyway. I'm Not The New Me is about coming to terms with a family heritage of fat and drastic surgeries, and about self-esteem issues that are nobody's business but your own. It's wondering what's left of yourself after you lose weight-and just who the hell you are if you gain it back. It's about the absurdities of online identities and fat girl clichés, and the sheer terror of appearing live and in person in your very own life....

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I'm Not the New Me Reviews

  • Rebecca Foster
    2019-04-24 04:47

    (3.5) A fun anti-self help memoir about weight loss, based on the author’s blog, Pound. Even just 10 years later, though, it’s quaintly dated: back then everyone called it a weblog, and – comments on the screen! What a novelty! The color plates of vintage 1974 Weight Watchers recipe cards, with McClure’s commentary, are not to be missed.Favorite passage: “Possible reasons for why I am fat: genetics; childhood issues; predisposition to depression; the Pill; Kraft Macaroni & Cheese; sedentary lifestyle; obscenely huge restaurant portions; job at bakery counter in 1985; curious grade-school diagnosis of ‘low blood sugar’; fears of intimacy; Western notions of Manifest Destiny; voices in my head. I mean, I don’t know.”

  • Randee
    2019-04-19 04:58

    I truly enjoyed this. My only past experience with Wendy was reading 'The Mackerel Pudding Plan' which made me laugh. I thought she had a great sense of snarky humor and I wanted more. Reading 'I'm Not the New Me' was more like sitting down with a friend and catching up with their life. I think she is funny, honest and brave. I am sure that I could not open myself up like this to the public at large even if someone paid me six figures. She seems to have no pretensions and I think her authenticity probably helps a lot of young women to come to grips with the stuggles of being imperfect and alive (as we all are.) I think most of us at any age can relate to Wendy. She struggles with her weight. She has some truly awful experiences with the male gender. She doesn't let her insecurities ruin her life, but she candidly discusses them without whining or fishing for sympathy. As an added bonus for me, she also lives in Chicago and I've been to many of the places she mentions. I'm a lone wolf by nature but I think I could be friends with Wendy McClure without feeling too irritated or suffocated. She's definitely a girl's girl.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-26 23:05

    This book annoyed me. The author is not nearly as funny as everyone makes her out to be. She reminds me of some girls I've known who are funny in that dumb humor sort of way, but it's a way that others seem to relish and I don't get that. It annoys me, again. She tries to be witty and only partially succeeds. I also don't get her relationships. I know, I know, why judge? But saying "I love you" after a few weeks? And CONSTANTLY talking about weight watchers but only SOMEWHAT participating in it. I mean, I have always struggled with my weight and so can relate to her, but all of her I should feel good about myself but don't, I am so much thinner than that other fat girl I'm friends with, my mom was a victim of fad diets and drastic surgeries is just a little too cliche. She wanted to write a different type of book, but this book is just like everything else out there, only this time the needy narrator who bases her self-worth on men and cheesy inspirational comments from friends is overweight.

  • Amy
    2019-04-27 00:58

    I hadn't ever read the Pound ( blog but I had seen the WW cards (with commentary) on the Candyboots site. If you're looking for a "fuck the world, I love my body as-is" type story, this is not it. There's also no big turning point, no great moment of epiphany. And in that regard, it's pretty honest and true to a real life. I was about to tell you all that it's pretty boring but now that I just typed that last sentence, I'm thinking that despite the total lack of hyperbolic drama with enormous peaks and plummeting falls, this story kept my interest the whole time - I read it quickly and looked forward to reading it. So maybe it's not so boring after all.

  • Arminzerella
    2019-04-14 23:46

    Wendy’s book is a story of her battle against the bulge – the fat, that is. She started a website when she joined Weight Watchers a few years ago, and called it Pound (after a brief stint as Wendy’s site!). You can still find her ranting at The best thing is that it’s more than just an “I lost 98 pounds!” story, in that A.) you don’t have to feel jealous because she didn’t lose that many pounds B.) you don’t have to feel jealous because she’s never all that definite about how many pounds she did lose C.) she’s way normal and down to earth and funny. A lot of people were inspired by her website, however, and while this book is not a collection of things she posted on that site, it does contain some reflections about the people she met through blogging and the experience.There’s a fair amount here about the experience of being a fat girl. And it’s honest, and not woe is me and not everything you’ve read before. And not the story of fat girl becomes waifishly skinny girl and then attracts attention from opposite sex, scores stellar career, and life is pretty much golden afterward. She loses some weight, but stays a bit chunky and still is all of those wonderful successful things. She dates some guys and the relationships end badly. But they’re real. Being fat or not fat doesn’t make a big difference. Wendy's writing “voice” also sounds exactly like one of my good friends.Excerpt:“Every night for nearly a week I browse the ads and steep myself in Guyness. I have lots of conversations in my head. Dear ‘Sardonic_6’: According to your profile, you’re seeking a woman between 5’2” and 6’2” and between 110 and 195 pounds. Please advise as to whether your specifications allow for a hundred and ninety-five pound woman of any height or if a height coordinate of 6’2” is required. Dear ‘NewKarma’: You claim you’re a ‘sensual idealist,’ but what the hell does that mean? On second thought, don’t answer. Dear Guy With a Picture of the School Bus Driver From The Simpsons In His Ad: I applaud your candor in choosing to reveal your snarky prankster soul so early in our relationship. You could have chosen to show me simply what you look like, but then I never would have gotten to experience that certain pop-cult self-referential spirit in you which is so rare a quality among men in their twenties and early thirties. Clearly, Guy, you’re nothing like Guy With A Picture Of Snoop Dogg or even Guy With A Picture Of That One Star Wars Character With The Ass Face. No, you set yourself apart right away. Dear ‘ChiGuy’: Your specs call for a woman who can be as tall as 6’3” but can only weigh up to 125 pounds. Do you have any idea what that looks like? You might want to consult the size chart on the back of a pantyhose package. Borrow one from ‘Sardonic_6.’ Dear Anyone Who Describes Himself as a ‘Renaissance Man’: No. Dear Mr. No Pants: Your fellow deep-sea-diving enthusiasts may disagree with me, but I feel your reasons for putting up a photo of yourself wearing nothing but a neoprene shirt and a Speedo are just a little disingenuous. Also: ‘solipsism’ is not a religion. Also: Ew. Dear Every Other Guy On Here: why is ‘that one scene in Betty Blue’ the default answer to the Favorite On-screen Sex-Scene question? Can’t you think of anything else? Because isn’t the title character in Betty Blue completely nuts? Doesn’t she set fires and poke eyes out and stuff? Dear ‘WhirledPeas’: Sweetie, your punctuation makes you sound like you own a four-foot bong. There really is such a thing as too many ellipses.” (pp. 228-229)So. I think in addition to her killer sense of humor, I like Wendy because she lives in Chicago, she works in publishing (children’s books), and she tries on-line dating – and seriously, Ew. I concur. Totally.

  • Terry
    2019-04-11 01:53

    This books get an ENTIRE EXTRA STAR just for referencing the 1970s television show "Electra Woman and Dyna Girl" which my sister and I used to "play" in our suburban Pennsylvania backyard. I still remember the fight we had over who should be "Electra Woman" and who should be "Dyna Girl". As my sister is four years older than I, OBVIOUSLY she should be "Electra Woman" all the time, no? I still think I was right.Back to the book. Where I complained that McClure's The Wilder Life suffered from the influence of writing online cultural criticism and blogs, this book actually works perfectly fine under those influences. I am not sure I can articulate exactly why, except that as this book follows a sort of steps-to-a-goal arc, perhaps the shorter "bites" of text work better, a la diary entries. Also, in her later book, McClure seems to have trouble articulating the reason behind the existence of the book. Here, McClure clearly feels a bit ambivalent about her experiences, and again it seems to work much better in this book.I do have to admit that the whole premise--McClure documenting her process of losing thirty pounds and the changes it makes in so many areas of her life, some good, some disconcerting--is very close to my own heart, so that might bias me a bit in favor of this book too. It's also refreshing to read about a woman's weight loss and have her admit that she's not even sure why she does it at all, whether it's sustainable, and most of all, she's not sure she's entirely happy with the way people in her life--strangers and intimate friends and family alike--respond to her experiences. It's nice not to hear the idea that "I LOST ALL THIS WEIGHT AND NOW I'M TOTALLY HAPPY AND FULFILLED AND MEN JUST FIND ME SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING LA LA LA" which is the main philsophy behind all weight-loss stories everywhere, which is just...gross. I really liked this book a lot.

  • Katie Mcsweeney
    2019-03-27 04:54

    This book was ok. The best thing about it was it's cover. The writing itself is good once you adjust to McClure's conversational style. The big flaw for me was the lack of purpose or direction for the book. It's not about weight-loss so it is understandable that it doesn't end with a triumphal trip to the scales or Wendy looking at her reflection in the mirror. It is about people and how we relate to one another, at least that's what it was for me. It just didn't seem to have an ending... I cannot believe that her editor didn't tell her to pull up her socks and round the book off or even to mention the fact that Wendy's story ends in mid-air because it is just a snippet of her life... it just seemed really badly finished to me.McClure's descriptive style was excellent, she really pulls you in with her imagery. The content was interesting too, the relationships she gets into made for good reading and how she handled them was also interesting!

  • With Butterflies
    2019-04-20 03:41

    I picked up this book after Jen Lancaster suggested her in "Such a Pretty Fat." I guess I just don't get it. Ms McClure seems to relate everything in her life to her weight in a way that seems wholly unhealthy. I've honestly known people with serious eating disorders who thought less about their weight and eating. Also, the book seemed to have no rhythm. The chapters seem to be random observations from her life with little to string them together, but not different enough to be considered individual essays.A big NO from me.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-19 03:08

    I'm not totally sure why this book was written, or for what purpose. Wendy McClure loses 25 lbs, starts a website, gains some of the weight back, dates a couple jerks, meets some other bloggers (called webloggers since this was 10 years ago) and talks a little about her mom's weight issues. She doesn't really grow from the experience (pun not intended) and the ending is like life - unresolved and it keeps going after the end credits roll. I didn't laugh out loud except at the pictures of the 70's era Weight Watchers recipe cards she finds in her mom's stuff and her comments about them - which seem to be everyone's favorite part of the book. Anyway, quick read but not really worth it to me.

  • Elliedakota
    2019-04-26 06:58

    Real, but sad. Most definitely not “hilarious”.

  • Krissy
    2019-04-06 00:11

    This book is from 2006. I bought it around 2007 when I found it marked down at a used library sale. I had been curious about it, but also really wary about it. I knew that the book was about her trying to lose weight and in general I don't like reading "inspirational" diet books and would rather not spend time reading about something that will make me feel bad about my body and the wrong number it is on a scale.However, I also knew Wendy's writings from BUST and felt like maybe I should give it a try. But, I didn't. And the book sat in my collection until a few days ago. One night I picked it up and started reading and I finished it in a couple of days. I don't usually read books that fast. Her writing is fun, witty and flows great. She says things you think about all the time (or I do, anyway).Wendy begins losing weight on Weight Watchers even though she doesn't really quite3 buy into the whole thing. She is wary of it all, as I would be, and she questions herself and the concept of losing weight and all that the industry and internet adds to it.This is more a story of a woman becoming comfortable with herself. And learning when paying attention to calories (or points) means something to her and when it doesn't.It is also a great documentation about the beginning years of blogs and the internet. She starts her blog in 2001 and most of the book takes place, I am guessing from what I read on the archived pages of her old site, between 2001-2003. It was so rare for people to have blogs back then that she goes to a convention just for people who blog. Of course, it's called weblogs then and she even points out to her mom that everybody calls them that now, Mom, when her mom calls them journals. Ah, the early 2000's.She is astonished (and kind of jealous) when a fellow weblog writer has a comments section on her site. A place where you can actually see the comments people write. Her readers all just email her. Simpler times.She struggles with comparing herself to other bloggers and feeling like too much of her is out there with the blog, even though she herself put herself out there. I totally relate to that. The only thing that bothers me is how fat Wendy thought she was. I know we can't control how people see themselves, but she constantly referred to her 230 pounds as so huge and her before picture as horrifying. She was a size 20 at her biggest. Um, I and many fat people I know are over that. What does it mean to me reading this when her size is so horrifying to her?I think Wendy has changed a lot since this book. I loved her newest book. I don't know what size she is now, but I am guessing she is closer to what she was in 2001 and she looks great. I hope that she is happy and content with herself. She appears to be.

  • Awwwtrouble
    2019-04-19 05:03

    I read Wendy McClure's Little House Memoir and loved it, and so wanted to dive into her other work. I wish I loved this one as well, but for whatever reason, I just didn't. Partially, this particular memoir is a little dated - it's really about her starting the poundy blog and her life very specifically around that time. Funny how she had to learn coding and do so much on her own, when just a few short years later Blogger would come around and revolutionize blogging. I remember reading the weight watchers cards when she first published them - so freaking funny. I think some of the funnier ones got left out of the book, to be honest. I think I was expecting a little bit more about how they were published and the reaction they got - it was a huge viral hit before we even knew what viral hits were. In some ways the memoir seems to lead up to the publishing of the cards and then ends, without much resolution. And I swear her sites have had for years a note that the book on the cards is coming out, but I don't think it ever did. Ok, so that's the website part of the memoir. As for the substance - the weight loss - I have mixed feelings. I think what made poundy so successful was in her description of the process and business of weight loss. And that part is missing in the book. I think at that time in publishing, it was hard (and still is hard) to decide how to translate a successful blog into a memoir. No one wants to buy a book with the same content as the (free) blog, and yet - and this is nearly 10 years after the blog - I think I might have preferred a little more blog content. As a memoir, I found her writing style frustrating. She wrote as if these were the things happening TO her, but as if she had little input, control or thought to the events. She writes as if she was a passive observer of her life. I sincerely wish I liked this better, because in immediacy - in her active, current writing, I like her very much. So maybe I'm just ten years too late reading this.

  • Leslie
    2019-03-31 04:11

    I'm normally very stingy with my four and five star ratings and lately if I can't decide due to unusual reasons or specific reasons, I just don't rate it. Or if I feel my judgement has been clouded. This book was very personal for me and I struggled to decide if I liked it because of only that or because it was a good book too. For a little over a year I have been on my own weight loss journey. It's something people close to me know and something I write about because I can't not write about it. My issues and food disorders run deep and as for as my writing and thinking go, I have barely started picking scabs that I didn't know were there. Over my years with my problems, but before I began what I hope will be a permanent, "healing," if you will, I read many "fat girl" memoirs and various eating disorder books. So I have some experience with them and a low tolerance for bad ones. This one is good both because it resonated and because it was well written. The author writes without too much self pity. I believe none would be impossible. She writes about the things that I know, like how the top layer of a carton of ice cream is the best, how you can eat a whole can of whipped cream and of the possibly defining moment when you see a photo of yourself. In my case this photo came after I started to lose and it inspired me to go on. In her case it started her journey. I too do weight watchers and she writes how you can eat two days worth of points in one fast food meal. She writes about how if you tear up pieces of food and eat them spaced out, it doesn't count. She doesn't outright say it but it's implied that she knows how your whole sense of worth is tied into this weight and without it you are without a shell, sometimes feeling more lost then before. And she does all of this with humor and tenderness. This is one weight loss memoir to pick out of the many. Well done.

  • Marian
    2019-04-01 05:08

    A few years ago my friend Selena sent me a website that was a collection of Weight Watchers recipe cards from the 70s that someone had annotated. It was unfortunate that I opened her email at work, because as I sat there shrieking and crying from laughing too hard, several people stuck their heads in my office to ask, "are you ok?" Not professional.Anyway, I'm Not the New Me is a memoir by Wendy McClure, who was responsible for compiling and annotating those cards. While trying to lose weight, she began a website called Pound ( and chronicled her struggles with weight, relationships, and family.I really liked this book -- it was touching and well written, and extremely, brutally earnest. McClure seems like someone you might know -- your friend who doesn't realize how cool she is. In one great scene a cousin gets her a Cathy pin for Christmas:"It just reminds me of you," my cousin Trish says. "Ha! You know?" I think she can tell that I'm not thrilled. I'm trying to hide it. "Not that you're necessarily this big Cathy fan or anything," she says. "But it's just . . . it seems like something you'd say, or just, you know, how you can be sometimes, just -- funny." And then McClure goes into this little exegesis of Cathy and why Cathy is not someone you really want people equating you with.This falls in the same category of memoir as Julie and Julia, Moose, I Was Told There'd be Cake, Eat, Pray, Love and Trail of Crumbs, in which twenty/thirty something, highly educated women tell their stories (which can be sort of annoying) but I found this very engaging.

  • John
    2019-04-19 23:50

    This is a very curious book. I pride myself in casting a very wide net in my reading habits, but this falls well outside. Or maybe just marks a new boundary. I read it because I liked McClure’s The Wilder Life so much. I am still not sure if I could describe really what this book is about. Diet/weight loss, yes, but so much more than that. Being single in your 30’s in the internet era? Life? I can recall being fresh out of college and working in an office that was predominately women. Up to that point I knew women talked about diets and weight but had not really been exposed to it firsthand. I didn’t know how to respond when the subject came up, and now 15 years later I still don’t. I have always tried to be supportive, but aim my support at encouraging the idea of being healthy and taking care of yourself. Pounds don’t matter as much as making good choices and feeling good about yourself. I started off really liking the book, then reached a point where I almost loathed it, but came around to really enjoying it again. The majority of the first half of the book is tied closely to weight loss. But then the book seemed to take a drastic new direction and become more about relationships. I felt blindsided and betrayed, largely due to the fact that the relationships seemed all too familiar. Throughout the whole book McClure is amazingly open and honest. As hard as it was to read sometimes, I appreciated it. I liked too that McClure’s story does not tie up in a neat bow at the end. Her life is, her weight is, and life goes on. A 3.5.

  • HeavyReader
    2019-04-12 00:08

    This is a book about writing a blog. It doesn't contain the writing that makes up the blog. It's just about the process of writing the blog. Well, that's not quite right. It's about more than just the process of writing a blog.It's about body image and self esteem and what it means if a woman's fat and she decides she wants to lose some weight. It's about deciding how much weight to lose. How much weight is enough? It's about dating. It's about meeting a guy and getting dumped before you can dump him and being sad because he dumped you first, even though, really, it's for the best. It's about going on dates with loser loser loser, then meeting the best guy ever only to end up heartbroken again. It's about friendship and being an inspiration to people never met in person. It's about being funny and charming and smart, but having people just see fat. And it's about saying "Fuck You!" to people who only see fat.Wendy McClure is funny. Think Sarah Vowell, but with more cursing and less patriotism. There were times I had to quit reading because I was eating and was about to laugh and snarf my breakfast all over the table.The book ends without any big revelation, so don't come here looking for the Answers. Wendy doesn't have your Answers. Maybe she has a couple of her own, but she leaves you fully in charge of figuring your life out for yourself.

  • Merredith
    2019-04-10 23:59

    This is a memoir by the woman who writes which is a blog that I've never read, but is apparently popular. It's very disjointed, and normally I like disjointed memoirs, with little stories from the author's lives, like blogs, but this was disjointed in a not so great way. The ending had no closure or sense of ending. The main character didn't grow on me. I wanted to like this book because it's the type of book i would like, but somehow i just didn't. In the book, the author decides to join weight watchers and starts a blog, which was quite a while ago when they first started, because she has to kind of code each page herself, and calls it a weblog all the time, so it's before the word was even shortened. The blog goes well, her dating doesn't, and her weight watchering goes ok, but it's not the main focus of the book. My favorite part of the book which I really liked was the insert. The insert was color photos of old weight watcher recipe cards from the 70s I think, that she found at her mom or grandmothers house. Those are some gross, weird looking foods! I would say that maybe she was just too unlike me for me to enjoy it, but usually i like memoirs of people who are unlike me as well, so no idea. its not bad though, just not great. if you've read her blog, then obvi you want to read this.

  • Cat.
    2019-04-01 04:42

    Funny. Her website is funny, so that should come as no surprise. And if you have been around long enough to remember the big play this got awhile back, there are Color Pictures included in the book of some of the 'best' choices!However, amongst all the witty asides and silly stories, there is a poignant story here. Yes, about weight loss, but also about finding one’s way in the world through all the weirdness that life throws at people. I was left with a strong feeling of “OK, so this is life, get on with it. Good, bad, or indifferent, it’s what I’ve got. Let’s go.”I especially liked that the author didn’t dump her ‘weight problem’ at her mother’s doorstep. She acknowledges that her mom is (ahem) fat, and has had lots of different weight issues over the years herself. But it’s all done without blaming Mom for her own life. In fact, it was wonderful to see a mother-daughter relationship that’s so...nice. They seem to genuinely respect each other.Then there are the men. But let’s not talk about them. Thank God McClure has good friends! And a strong, healthy sense of who she is, with or without those 25 pounds.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-06 01:04

    This was really good: honest and funny and real. I liked the conversational tone of the whole book. Some parts were just so funny. It wasn't fake or trying too hard. I would definatley grab a seat next to Wendy McClure at a party. I know I am in the minority of over-weight women in that I am truely unphased by the extra weight, I mean really and truely quite unphased, I'm not sure if that's a blessing or a curse. I actually surprise myself by how unphased I actually am. I think for now I'll go with blessing, because I definatley do not want to be counting points and not eating bread. Maybe one day I'll be able to motivate myself in the name of health but it definately won't be today, and probably not for a long time after that either (since the unphased-ness only seems to be increasing with time...). But I think Wendy is definatley very cool and her book is also very cool. Oh, and let's hear it for those 1970's WW recipe cards in the middle, what a hoot that was :)

  • Shelby
    2019-04-13 23:56

    Wendy McClure is the hysterical author of the Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan. That was not fiction, and regardless it can never be topped. Still, this was a good read. I like her voice and am interested to read more by her.

  • Kate
    2019-04-13 05:11

    I found it thoughtful, moving and insighftul. And occasionally funny. About 50 pages in I started to wonder why the writing was so good... And then I read the author bio, saw that she got an MFA in poetry from Iowa, and thought "oh, maybe it's that." As body issues books go, this one is tops. Wrenching insight paired with stories about trivial ex-boyfriends, blogging meetups, and the rise and fall of the scale. Daily life with an extra layer of introspective texture. I think, though, I would have liked the book no matter what, because I'm such a fan of her Weight Watchers recipe cards site. I'll never forget the day my workplace discovered that page. You would hear a coworker burst out laughing from across the building and know that someone had sent them the URL. And here it is.

  • Lori
    2019-04-24 06:50

    I found this blogger's memoir in my basement's laundry room and started reading it while waiting for my clothes. Her weight loss journey, told in brief chapters and what seem to be blog entries, was irreverent and funny enough that I brought it upstairs. But the best part, by far, were the centerfold photos of actual 1970s Weight Watchers recipe cards the author found in her mother's attic. Classics like: "Fluffy Mackerel Pudding" (just what it sounds like) and "Frozen Cheese Salad" (yes) will make you hold your stomach (laughing) and cover your mouth (just in case something jumps off the page and onto your tongue). Makes me feel so sorry for my mother, who was a WW aficionado in the 70s when she had to eat stuff like this, along with the required weekly liver & onions, which made us run from the house screaming and holding our noses. Agg.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-24 07:05

    This book was interesting, but had kind of an odd structure and pacing. There was no real plot or themes, and it read like a personal journal or blog. I enjoyed the authors' sharp wit and related to her struggles with her weight, but the fact that there was no real point to this book might drive some people crazy. This isn't a "fat then I got skinny" story or a "fat then realized I could be happy without being skinny" story. It's more of a "fat then lost some weight then felt better then gave up and was still about as un/happy as I was at the beginning of this adventure only now I was a little famous". But overall it was an enjoyable and quick read.I highly recommend her other book, where she makes fun of more of the hilarious Weight Watcher's cards that she excerpts in this volume.

  • Emily
    2019-04-17 00:04

    I felt a little guilty when I started reading this book because I'm a petite person who hasn't had to struggle with her weight. But I've met Wendy, and I like Wendy (and I'm totally jealous of Wendy because she's a great writer who's Publishing Books), and I wanted to expand my horizons past her Twitter feed. And even though the book does focus on weight issues, the overlying theme, to me, was so much more: wrestling with self-worth. Who a person is and how she sees herself -- both before, during, and after trying to make a change in her life. It was funny, sarcastic, poignant, and empowering, all at the same time. You don't have to be wrestling with your weight to enjoy this book -- you just have to be human.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-25 01:56

    I have no idea why Wendy McClure is not better known because this book is phenomenal. She's like Cheryl Strayed's younger, funnier sister - wise, brilliant with words, and with a balanced view of the insane world. This book won me from the very first sentence and, even though I hated the Little House books, I'll definitely be reading her Wilder Life. I did find it odd how dated this is even though it's barely ten years old - the way McClure addresses technology - personal websites, "weblog" - is basically archaic, which is downright disturbing. I also felt the ending was sort of rushed, but that's the nature of the current-memoir beast. Someone get this woman an advice column and tell her she can stay at my place any day.

  • Diane
    2019-04-25 00:42

    A quick read based on a blog about weight loss called "Poundy." McClure was a Weight Watchers member and started to blog about her experiences with food and about life in general. I never saw the blog and maybe it was more focused on weight loss but the book tends to focus more on dating and relationships. I am long removed from the dating angst of my 20's and 30's so I was a little bored with that topic. McClure has a funny, snarky sense of humor and her photos of Weight Watchers recipe cards circa 1972 were hilarious. I was more than a little bothered by her lack of self-worth and hope she has moved beyond that. She has a great deal of potential as a writer. This book needed better editing. There were several errors in grammar.

  • Leslie Graff
    2019-04-09 05:43

    I picked up this book when I was teaching a course on blogs turned into books and I'm so glad I did. The subject here is all too familiar as a woman who has been on and off diets for my entire life. I loved her tales of dating especially because they defied expectations. This isn't the narrative of how someone lost weight and found prince charming. I appreciate her ambivalence about the process of losing weight and writing about it for all the world to see as she becomes a voice for others. She is funny and compelling and I'm glad to see that she's written other books. I will definitely be checking these out and likely rereading this for a third time.

  • Jayme
    2019-04-16 23:52

    This book made a lot of sense to me, not only because of the subject matter but because of how the author didn't feel the need to tie everything up in a bow by the final chapter. There were many underlined and starred phrases and paragraphs-some that made me laugh and some that made me cry. It was a really refreshing read. Although we'd like to think that life changes will help make things more fulfilling, more clear, sometimes it really just shows you the rest of your problems in a brighter light.

  • Chelsea
    2019-04-04 00:53

    Wendy McClure compiled this memoir from entries in her blog (which is still active - check it out at [].) Her writing is honest in the most cutting way possible. You can definitely relate if you have ever been a fat girl (or even just have a fat-girl mentality). She's definitely funny, but for most of the book her humor is laced with that same piercing, hurtful truth, so don't expect laugh-out-loud, Bridget Jones style humor. The Weight Watchers cards are to die for - but those can also be found in a seperate book that Wendy published after I'm Not the New Me.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-27 01:09

    I'm not sure what I expected from this book, but it didn't quite deliver to my expectations, whatever they were.There were moments of great humor and moments of poignancy that I totally related to, but those were in the minority throughout the book.I think the writing style was the issue for me more than anything just didn't flow and seemed a bit forced.I think I was hoping for some weight-loss insights but that's not what the book was really about for the most part. It was definitely an undercurrent throughout the book, but it wasn't necessarily the meat of the book.