Fat Chance by Nick Spalding Online

Fat Chance
Title : Fat Chance
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Language : English
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 288

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 aboutMeet 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.


Fat Chance Reviews

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    When Zoe's best friend Elise is heading up a program on the local radio station called "Fat Chance" she gets talked into forcing her husband Greg to join in with her. The grand prize after all is 50,000.So starts their journey.This book is told from two view points in journal form. Zoe and Greg are supposed to document their struggles as they go. I think this couple was done is such an awesome way. I think the romance between them should be the norm in books. They weren't cheesey and they comple [...]

  • Joanne Sheppard

    I bought this book because I wanted something light, easy and funny to read when my concentration was completely destroyed by a two-week bout of illness. It’s not a genre I often read, but I quite like John O’Farrell, Nick Hornby and Helen Fielding, who are good at writing warm but gently satirical domestic comedies, and that was the kind of thing I was looking for. Plus, Fat Chance is about a couple who enter a ‘Biggest Loser’ style weight loss competition, and trust me, I know all abou [...]

  • Dani Jade

    2.5 - 3 stars, ish.

  • Siv30

    אחד הספרים המצחיקים ביותר שקראתי. חבל שמידי פעם הסופר לא מתאפק ומנסה לחנך את הקוראים בעקרונות הדיאטה והספורט. ממש חבל, הוא היה צריך להתאפק ולהשאיר את הספר כשני יומנים אוטנטיים. הרי אף אחד לא כותב ביומן האישי שלו מידי פעם על עקרונות הדיאטה והספורט לחיים טובים ונכונים יותר, נכו [...]

  • Victoria

    This is actually not the first book that I have read with this title - but it is certainly the first book that I have read that is basically a The Biggest Loser-remake. Zoe and Greg have been a couple since college and since then, have let themselves go more than a bit. Together, they join a radio-station-sponsored competition to lose weight. The book is light in tone and pretty funny at times. It is always rather exciting to read something that qualifies as “chick lit” when it has been writ [...]

  • Cai

    While the book does address some important topics - Western society and its fat phobia, as well as institutional classism where healthy foods and exercise opportunities are limited to those with higher incomes - it also falls into "let's make fun of the fat guy because he's fat" cliches.All of this, however, is completely eclipsed by the in your face sexism, blatant homophobia, and your occasional pinch of racism. It's hard to actually pay attention to anything the author is trying to say or do- [...]

  • Lisa

    A funny and entertaining read but it was a bit too sweary and crude for my taste.

  • Tony

    Massively disappointing. The story is thin and weak, and the similes employed made me groan out loud. The characters are stereotypical yet just not believable.Admittedly, this wasn't helped by a very poorly voiced audio production, read I believe, by the speaking clock. Or her sister. Mind the gap. And the male voice was a step away from stating ‘cor blimey guv’nor’ at the end of each sentence.Beep Beep Beep.

  • Kathy Cunningham

    Nick Spalding’s FAT CHANCE is definitely a funny, irreverent, and politically incorrect look at being fat in the 21st century. Zoe and Greg Milton are an overweight thirty-something couple who agree to participate in a radio show’s weight loss competition – they will go up against five other couples to see which one can lose the highest percentage of body weight in a six month period. The story is told in a series of alternating diary entries, so we get both Zoe and Greg’s take on being [...]

  • Quirky Omega

    I am a little shocked with how well this one turned out to be. Yeah that sounds so horribly condescending but in my defence I was having a really terrible luck at randomly picking up books. Fat chance totally blew my socks off. Not literally because you know it's hot now and I don't think my sweaty and smelly feet would be a rage at all. But you get my point right? The book has got fantastic humour and a really sweet romance. It isn't a romance primarily but whatever little it had, pleased my bo [...]

  • Kat

    This is a 2.5I liked the idea of the plot and most of the writing but found the mention of forced sex in a comedy sense offensive. When did it become the norm for that to be funny?Despite this I will read more books from this author Thanks goes to net galley and the publishers for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Samantha Tonge

    Hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments in this novel. And two main characters to care for. Huge fun.

  • Jaclyn

    Zoe and Greg are an overweight couple who join a radio show weight-loss competition in hopes of getting back down to their college-years' weight and in winning the 50,000 pound (this book is set in the UK) prize. The story is told in the form of diary entries from Zoe and Greg, with each alternating chapters. I didn't care for this book, but from reading other reviews it appears I could be alone in that. While it was a light story and a pretty easy read, I found the characters and parts of the b [...]

  • Angie

    This book wasIt made me uncomfortable too many times. Not “books are supposed to push our boundaries” uncomfortable. That’s the good kind. Fat Chance was the other kind – the kind that makes you wince a lot, the kind that makes you feel awkward and a little wrong because you know it’s sort of a mean thing you’re witnessing.The Good:Plot – the idea is solid. An overweight couple agree to a weight loss contest competition through a local radio station to win big money. Lose weight an [...]

  • Karyn Niedert

    Okay, to start with, I have NEVER laughed so hard in my life as I did through the first 71 pages of Fat Chance. Nick Spalding started this book with an overweight couple entered into a radio weight loss contest, and ran with it. Man, I have to say that by the time the book got a little more serious (about page 125) Hubs was going to have me institutionalized due to the fits of spontaneous giggles which erupted quite frequently! Zoe and Greg are a middle aged, typical couple who have packed on mo [...]

  • Lonneke van Toigal

    There are one or two very mild spoilers - nothing really gives the plot away though.I learned sometime ago that relying on the Top Sellers list (for Kindle, on ) is not a good place to look for my next read. I assume that for a short period of time, a book receives some spotlight on the website, and sells lots of copies (relatively speaking) thus explaining a momentary peak in ranking. What keeps it up there, however, are folk like me who assume a book is good because it's being sold often, and [...]

  • Bèbè ✦ RANT✦

    Summary: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 co [...]

  • Elaine

    I absolutely loved this book! Zoe and Greg are taking part in a six month long reality radio show called Fat Chance where six overweight couples compete to lose weight with a prize of £50,000 to the couple that loses the most. The story is told by the diaries that Zoe and Greg complete for the radio station over the six months and alternates between each one.I really liked Zoe and Greg. They are a normal every day couple, albeit one that uses the F word a lot, and very easy to like. We all know [...]

  • Riley Vermilya

    Zoe and Greg were buff and beautiful when they first met, married and then life happened. They stopped caring and let their bodies turn into overweight blobs of their former selves. It takes an embarrassing small chair and green dress episode to trigger an extreme desire to overcome their sedentary and poor nutritional ways. I have to admitI was laughing and found the visuals amusing AND have had similar scenarios with my own fat self. Elise enters the picture to save the day. She is Zoe's best [...]

  • John Braine

    With most books that I don’t enjoy, I can still appreciate the writing or see why other people might enjoy them - and I just think this isn't for me for one reason or another. But now and then a book will come along that I just think is utter shit, and this is one.This was a daily deal on audible and I think I had heard of it before. So I nabbed it. It’s basically “Carry On Fatty”. Let’s all laugh at fat people. That’s it. And it’s just not that funny. The writing is fairly mediocr [...]

  • Leah

    Last year I read the first of Nick Spalding's "Love" series, Love From Both Sides and I thought it was HILARIOUS. Seriously, seriously, proper funny with one of the most gross out scenes in a book I have ever read (and which, remembering it now, even beats out Greg's foot blisters in this book, yuck and yuckier). So I was really chuffed to see he had a new book due out called Fat Chance, and even happier when I spotted it on Netgalley during August. I downloaded it immediately, loving the blingy [...]

  • Ginni Brinkley

    I was already ignoring the liberal sprinkling of the f-word and the very crude description of Zoe and Greg in a cupboard, but I don't and won't ignore the misuse of the "retarded". More review later when I've simmered down.Here’s my review from (added to GR on 4.11.17): So, Fat ChanceIt's not just the use of the word "retarded" (of which more later) I didn't like, to be fair. The second page made crude reference to the main couple having sex in a cupboard at school, and it's liberally sprinkl [...]

  • Marilee

    Briefly, I enjoyed listening to this humorous book about a chubby couple who enter a radio station weight loss contest. Towards the last third or so, it got a bit preachy and pedantic about what works for weight loss and what doesn't. This is a humorous book for the most part, with some laugh out loud moments at the absurdity of dieting competitively. But towards the end, when the story starts to evaluate what works and what doesn't, it bogs down. It's not that sensible observations are bad, it' [...]

  • Angela

    I can't believe I read this.

  • Vicky

    Nope. I’ve only abandoned a handful of books in my life but this one was so, so, so incredibly basic and mean that I couldn’t get past the first 25%. I’ve read some crappy books, but my bar isn’t this low. This book pissed me off in so many levels that I did myself a solid and stopped reading it. Life is too short to waste on a book that tries to pass off fat-shaming as humour; not to mention the underlying racism, classism and homophobia that the author lightly uses to try to make this [...]

  • Melissa

    A really fun read and very realistic when it comes to what us fat folk think and feel.

  • Joy

    4.5*

  • Kay M

    This was such an amazing book from start to finish. Nick Spalding certainly didn't disappoint me with this and I'm glad to have read it finally.Zoe and Greg, a married couple, are both in their late 30s and throughout the years they have piled on an extra few pounds. It wasn't until Zoe's fiasco with the green dress in a changing room as well as Greg's barbecue disaster they started to rethink about their life. And that's when Zoe's best friend, Elise, comes in - they enter a weight loss competi [...]

  • Jess Lynn

    I got this book through Giveaway and want to thank them, the author, and the publisher for giving me a chance to read this book and give an honest review.This is a story about an overweight couple, Greg and Zoe, who are given the chance to take part in a weight loss competition. The story is told through a series of diary entries written from both points of view. While an interesting concept, I don't believe that the story ended up being successful.Let me air my biggest grievances first, as the [...]

  • Charlotte

    Fat Chance is, without a doubt, the funniest book I have ever read. There I've said it. I am not someone who is easily amused and on the rare occasion I do find something funny then I am likely to keep going on about it for a very long time. I have lost track of the number of times I have started a sentence with 'In the book I'm reading at the moment' in the last week. It's just brilliant and I feel like going on a one woman campaign to make sure as many people as possible pick it up.There were [...]