Thursday, 24 April 2014

ARC Review || How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker

"Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word—"fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.

Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her "momager" signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family's financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

I saw a review of this a while ago on a blog, and when i spotted it on netgalley i requested it straight off, because it looked like a light read that would hook me in. Oh boy it did, i read it in one afternoon. We meet Emery who is anything but bothered about her size, when she learns the house is going to be foreclosed on, she decides to consider going on a reality tv show for a million dollars, the challenge? Lose fifty pounds in fifty days.

As we follow Emerys journey, we also meet her family and her boyfriend. Her mom just wants her to be skinny, her sister just wants to be famous and her boyfriend just loves her as she is.
Her mom, and sister were straight out of mean girls, seriousl
y i kept picturing Karen trying to catch a ball instead of Angel. If nothing else, that amused me for five minutes. Ben - was very much the perfect boyfriend and loves Emery no matter what.
The story is narrated by Emery and its almost in a diary format, each section is a different date as the journey progresses. It made me laugh, its refreshingly honest and open. It took a look at society and how those that are bigger boned are perceived.  It tackled women hating on women, why all the pressure in the form of Emerys video blogs. It is a little surprising this was written by a male, because it really sums up females in society. However - this is not serious read, but a quick one that could quite easily have been a tv show. 

4/5 - Breakfast Tea

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