Today on my blog I have the Big Fat Disaster Blog Tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, and giveaway.
Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It’s her life: Dad’s a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative’s trailer, where her mom’s contempt swells right along with Colby’s supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby’s role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she’s only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.
Colby’s life is falling down around her. From her struggles with her weight, her mom’s constant belittling of her, the affair her father is having, and the money he is stealing from his campaign. But what is worse for Colby is that she is the one who blows the whistle on her dad’s activities and everyone hates her for it including her own mother. And now Colby, her mom, and sister are forced to move in with her aunt and cousin to Piney Creek. While living with her aunt things go from bad to worse for Colby and she contemplates killing herself. But that doesn’t even go as planned and now Colby is wrapped up in a lie so big she needs to find a way to fix her life before one more thing goes wrong.
This was a hard book to read. My heart broke for Colby and the way she was treated by her family. Trying to separate my feelings and being able to keep reading was harder than I thought and at times I wanted to give up but the writing is what kept me going and the hope that things would work out for Colby. 3/5 Bloody Fangs
Beth has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups. She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope”.
Beth is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby’s in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters’ stories in a way meant to inspire hope.
Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas. You can find Beth online at http:www.bethfehlbaumbooks.com on Facebook, and on https://twitter.com/bethfehlbaum
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Beth for letting me review your book and say Thank You to Book Nerd Tours for letting me participate in this tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.