13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl is a novel that explores the life of Elizabeth as she grows from a young girl to an adult. As a child, she is teased because she is fat, and is scarred forever because of it. Her childhood friend, named Mel, seems to be the only one that doesn't mind, until Elizabeth gets a boyfriend named Tom. Elizabeth decides to lose weight to benefit herself, and moves to a city apartment.
Mona Awad is a Canadian novelist most famous for her book 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl. Awad wrote this book because, as a child, she became frustrated with people criticizing her body. The major theme of the book is that body image doesn't truly matter in the scheme of things - we see this when Elizabeth witnesses someone struggle to escape a fire while they are in the gym. Since 2009, Awad has lived in Boston.