Tuesday, April 3

Review ~ Fat Assassins


Fat Assassins
by Marita Fowler

4- Steak and Potatoes. Meaty and Delicious and Wonderful.





Synopsis:  (From Good Reads)

Southern style sweet potatoes Shasta and Ulyssa have stuck together through thick and thin since their escape from third grade fat camp. But on one dark day, they both find themselves unemployed. A hazardous job hunt sees them turn down egg harvesting, drug dealing and phone sex before they settle for an exterminator job. Confusing mafia lingo leaves the girls thinking they’re being interviewed to cope with a rodent infestation. Confident that they can handle the job, they oversell their skills and demand half payment up front to seal the deal. Skeptical at first, the mob boss decides to hire this unlikely pair when he mistakes their attitude for professional stoicism. The girls are shocked when presented with a target profile and an envelope full of cash. They want out, but it’s too late. The mob doesn’t allow do-overs. And certainly not when they’re whacking one of their own. The clock is ticking and when the body count is still zero after multiple attempts, the boss decides to bring in additional assassins to finish the job and tie up loose ends. And the girls just happen to be one of those loose ends.

What Did I Think?  

I was raised in a small town in North Carolina, which despite having the word “North” in the title is very much part of the south. Perhaps it is my fondness for all things southern that led me to be completely in love with this book after having read only about 6 pages.  Shasta and Ulyssa are two girls that I swear I must have met sometime in my life.  They won me over with their language and the fact that they drink Michelob Light just like a southern girl should!

The story has these two ladies loosing their jobs and accidently ending up as assassins.  How do a couple of girls accidentally become assassins? You will have to read it and see, but I believed it! Once they have accepted the job they realize that they are stuck between a rock and a hard place so to speak.  The hijinks that these girls get up to is laugh out loud funny.

If I had to name something about the book that wasn’t perfect it would be that the girls are too similar. I really don’t have a good sense of them as individuals.  The only thing that really kept me from mixing them up were the romances in the book.  I did think that the men in the story were written pretty well and I liked them all!

There is a slapstick tone to the humor that I really loved.  It was just the kind of brain candy I needed to read. I did not give the book a 5 because I did feel that the plot wandered a bit towards the end and I was in a rush to get back to the important stuff.  I have to admit that even when it wandered, it was still funny and interesting.

When I finally read the last word I was smiling.  That is exactly the kind of reaction I want to have when reading a book like this.  I am excited to know that there will be another book about Ulyssa and Shasta called Fat Bodyguards. I know that this book might be a bit outside of the genres that a lot of you read but I am issuing you a challenge! Give this book a shot, especially if you are from the south!  If it doesn’t make you laugh out loud at least once, then I am afraid your funny bone is fractured.


Buy it Now: (Clicking the cover below takes you to Amazon)

Source: From the publisher for review


  1. I totally will have to read this! It sounds like could fun, and it's kind of nice to see some overweight girls gracing the cover of a book (even if it's just a drawing).

    1. Hi Kate, I enjoyed it! I hope you get a chance to read it too!

  2. This definitely sounds different and not something I would have expected you to read, but I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

    Every once in a while, we need something fun and this sounds like just that!

    ♥Isalys / Book Soulmates


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