Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Book Review: 150 Pounds

Author: Kate Rockland
Title: 150 Pounds
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publish Date: Jan 17, 2012
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: The publisher & Net Galley
Book Blurb: A smartly-written novel of two women starting at opposite ends of the scale--and finding compromise and friendship in their journey towards 150 pounds In the fast paced life of blogging, two women stand out: Alexis Allbright, of Skinny Chick, and Shoshana Weiner, who writes Fat and Fabulous. Both have over five million loyal readers. Both are hungry for success. But the similarities stop there.
With over 100 pounds on the scale separating them, weight isn't their only difference. Alexis is a loner who is so bitchy the only person who can stand her company is her gay best friend Billy. She gives neurotic New Yorkers a run for their money with her strict daily workout routine, and weighing of food. Shoshana is Alexis’s opposite. Living in Jersey with rowdy roommates, she is someone who “collects friends,” as her mother puts it; and treasures a life of expanding circles...and waistlines.

When both appear as panelists on a popular talk show, their lives intersect in ways neither could have imagined. In turns comedic, heartwarming--and familiar to any woman who's ever stepped on a scale--Alexis and Shoshana realize they have far more in common than either could have possibly imagined, and more importantly, something to offer.

Review: This is an absolutely fantastic book that every woman should read. I mean it! Every woman should pick up this book. It is woman's fiction at its finest and funniest. But most of all it is a book that most women can relate too.

Raise your hand if you've had some kind of weight or body image issue?

I bet there are a lot of hands in the air. Mine's up.

This book shows the world from one super skinny woman and one not so skinny woman.

Here's why the book is so great.

1. You get to see two women on a journey to acceptance of their bodies. Neither of them makes a conscious decision to change their weight. Life happens.

2. Alexis, the character you will love to hate, softens as she loosens up. By the end of the book, you can almost like her. (Hey let's face it..it is hard to like a chick that started out weighing 100 lbs and wants to ban girl scout cookies in favor of power bars. Seriously, I was cussing that beyotch out at that part of the book)

3. Shosana is super awesome. I love how she embraces life. Her motto is healthy at any weight, and that is a message everyone should embrace.

4. The blog posts from each of the two women really made the book feel real. I still have to say, I would have been a reader of Fat And Fabulous before I'd read Skinny Chick. (Hungry Girl annoys me too...Tee Hee)

5. I really adored getting to know each character and their friends and families...and the relationships that formed. OMG Noah! is all I can say. I almost want to say, Alexis didn't deserve him..but that would be mean!

This was a fabulous read and I really felt like these two women were my friends by the end. I only had one little gripe. A peahen does not have the beautiful feathers that the male peacock has. She is usually brown or white. So P-hen was not a female.

I'll put that aside though, because this truly was a great read. Go pick it up!!!

Rating 5 flowers


Susan said...

I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds really good. I'm going to have to check it out. Thanks for recommending!

Glad to have found you (well, re-found you since I'm pretty sure I've been here before) via the Hop :)

heavenisabookstore said...

What a fantastic concept! I will be looking this up. Very nice review!

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