Monday, December 15, 2014

Fat Chance - Teaser Tuesday and First Paragraph, First Chapter

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      Who hasn't tried a crazy diet or embarked on an overly ambitious exercise program? Maybe because I could stand to lose a few pounds myself, FAT CHANCE appealed to me. Through the diaries of Zoe and Greg Milton, we experience the couple's attempts to lose enough weight to take home the money in a radio station's weight-loss contest. 
      The author did a great job of poking fun at fad diets and weight loss programs, as well as at radio and TV stations' attempts to boost their ratings with crazy contests. I enjoyed Fat Chance and laughed out loud more than once. Yes, I could relate.

First Paragraph:
ARTICLE ON STREAM FM'S WEBSITE
Posted January 3rd
Are you a couple?
Are you a FAT couple?
Would you like to win £50,000?
WE want to hear from You!

Stream FM is looking for six overweight couples between the ages of 25 and 65 to take part in our fabulous new competition: 'FAT CHANCE'

Over a six-month period, we'll find out which couple can lose the most weight, and the winners will receive £50,000 

Teaser (from 73% on my Kindle):
     IKEA is master of the impulse buy. You may just go in for something boring, cheap, and necessary, but you can bet your bottom dollar that you won't make it out the other end without having purchased something large, expensive, and blessed with a silly product name.

Genre: Humor / Satire
Length: 289 Pages
Amazon Link: Fat Chance
Author's Website: Spalding's Racket

Synopsis from Amazon:
    Meet Zoe and Greg Milton, a married couple who have let themselves go a bit.
    Zoe was a stunner in her college days, but the intervening decades have added five stone, and removed most of her self-esteem. Greg's rugby-playing days are well and truly behind him, thanks to countless pints of beer and chicken curry.
    When Elise, a radio DJ and Zoe's best friend, tells them about a new competition, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn their lives around. Fat Chance will pit six hefty couples against one another to see who can collectively lose the most weight and walk away with a £50,000 prize.
     So begins six months of abject misery, tears, and frustration—that just might turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to them—in another laugh-out-loud look at the way we live now from bestselling author Nick Spalding.


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35 comments:

Suzie Quint said...

This sounds utterly delightful. Or it at least has the potential to be.

Pat @ Posting For Now said...

Not sure if this one would be for me. I haven't enjoyed many reality TV shows, so I don't think I would enjoy this one, but I'm glad you did.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

LOL - This sounds like the perfect book to start the new New Years trying to lose their pesky extra pounds.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I do not watch "reality" TV shows at all. Ever. And that's one reason I enjoyed this book. It poked fun at them.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

This sounds hilarious...thanks for sharing it.

My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/12/first-chapter-first-paragraph-86-and.html

Kim@Time2Read said...

Sounds like a cute story! Not sure if I'd make it all the way through, but I'd read on for awhile!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, no, dieters get cranky, and this couple sounds like they are going to really go at it with each other before the story ends; the absence of food and the incentive of cash...could get volatile. LOL

Sounds like a good one! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It's a great topic for a book, isn't it? Lots of opportunities for conflict! I enjoyed the humor a lot.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I thought it was funny.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

You're right! All those resolutions made in January.

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

What FuN! Great TT and sounds like a lite read in this busy time - Enjoy!
and thanks for visiting FHC for
the new WWI release Of Love and War series HOPE RISING

Literary Feline said...

I'm not a huge fan of reality television, but this does sound like it could be a fun one--not to mention one I could probably relate to.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It was a fun escape. I like Nick Spalding's sense of humor.

LoveBites AndSilk said...

Looks like it was a fun read. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by, Sandra.
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Emalie @ bookgatherer said...

Sadly the Ikea statement is mostly true. LOL. Hope you enjoy :) thanks for stopping by.
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madamevauquer said...

I think I'd actually like this. Sounds like a fun read.
My TT this week was the basis for the opera La Bohème - http://wp.me/pZnGI-gt

Cleo Bannister said...

What a fabulous sounding humorous read. I love the first chapter, teaser and synopsis! Thanks for visiting my TT https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/teaser-tuesday-december-16/

Laura Pol said...

Definitely a priceless beginning and draws me in! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

Topazshell said...

It's interesting to read how the couple has changed.

Katherine P said...

This sounds cute! Love the teaser. Definitely true!

Yvonne said...

Sounds really good!

grammajudyb said...

I take your recommendation and read on! Who couldn't use a laugh at themselves now and again! Thanks for sharing.

Margot said...

I like the sound of this book. A good laugh or two is what I need. The teaser about IKEA is so true.

Laura Thomas said...

I had to see what the cover looked like after I spotted the title. It's fun! I think I'd like to catch some laughs with this one.
Here's my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/12/16/teaser-tuesdays-92-dependent/

Shaina said...

Oof, so true about IKEA! I avoid it for that reason. ;)

Thanks for the visit on my TT!

Monica's Bookish Life said...

This looks like a fun read. Thanks!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I never leave Ikea empty handed.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It was a funny book.

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

Oh my word! This teaser is so frighteningly true! I'm just thankful that the nearest Ikea is two hours away from where I live! Ha ha! Great teaser and I'm also curious about the prose, is it comical?

Verushka Byrow said...

This is awesome Sandra, it made me laugh out loud! thanks for sharing and for commenting on mind Thanks for sharing the Patricia Briggs teaser. I started reading this series but for some reason I never continued.http://editingeverything.com/bookish-thoughts-2/teaser-tuesday-mortal-gods/

jacquie said...

Sounds like a fun read...and a mirror into our culture today...with the Biggest Loser type shows everywhere!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Yes, it's funny.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I couldn't stop reading until I found out if they won or not! (I won't tell.)

Eustacia Tan said...

Luckily, I haven't made large impulse purchases at IKEA yet. But then again, I don't have the money to make such purchases. :p

Thanks for sharing!

Deasy Yolanda said...

Sounds like a lot of fun this book is! Hope you enjoyed it ;)