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The Diet Starts On Monday
Author Tamar Chnorhokian
Publication Year 2015
Short Description Fiction novel about an obese teenage girl deciding to lose weight to win boy of her dreams.
Language English
Category Literature & Fiction, Non-Armenian topic by Armenian Author

Novel tackles teen pressures in south west Sydney

Liverpool City Champion, Australia Jan 20 2015

Novel tackles teen pressures in south west Sydney

By Kirstie Chlopicki

Jan. 20, 2015, 11:30 p.m.

OBESITY, body image and bullying are some issues that will be covered...

Local fiction: Tamar Chnorhokian's new novel, The Diet Starts On Monday, is set in Liverpool and Wetherill Park. Picture: Simon Bennett

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OBESITY, body image and bullying are some issues that will be covered in a new novel published for young adults by Bossley Park resident Tamar Chnorhokian.

The Armenian-Australian writer grew up in south-west Sydney and her fiction book The Diet Starts on Monday is set in multi-cultural Fairfield.

"It's about an obese teenage girl in her last year of school who decides to lose weight to win the boy of her dreams," she said.

The first-time author said she struggled with weight and self-esteem issues in high school and wanted to send a positive message to teens who are feeling the pressure to lose the kilos -- even if they're already size 10.

"I always wanted to write about that struggle.

"As I got older I realised it doesn't end -- it relates to everybody."

Ms Chnorhokian said with teens exposed to a constant stream of ideal and unrealistic images from the media, it's hard for both males and females to live up to expectations.

"That's all that they see, pushed into their faces every day.

"They're conditioned to think that's what they should look like, but my book challenges that.

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"There's more to life then just looks, there are people who will accept you for who you are."

The novel combines a strong message on body image with multi-cultural elements, including Armenian, Italian, Lebanese and Assyrian characters, with references to locations in Fairfield and Liverpool.

"Representations of western Sydney are mostly negative," she said.

"There are no books that show Fairfield in a positive light, but I had a good experience growing up here.

"It's important for people to identify with places that they know in a good way."

The novel is published by the Sweatshop Western Sydney Literary Movement, which encourages those from diverse backgrounds to tell their story.

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