After attending ALA Midwinter, I had a long list and a large pile of books I wanted to read. I haven’t had too much time to fit many in, but I’m glad this week I managed to finish How I got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker (author of Fangirl).
Ever since I read Jemima J by Jane Green in college during my weight-loss phase I have been attracted to books that deal with weight-loss and body image. Baker’s book did not disappoint.
How I got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love
“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?
What I loved about How I got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love was the wit and humor of the main character Emery. The book had a great pace, moving throughout the story and keeping you interested with every chapter. It took me only a few short days to finish it.
What I didn’t like was the ending. The ending is up to the author, I get that, but it wrapped up entirely too quickly. I’m not the only one who didn’t like it. The book starts out covering daily the fifty day journey, then towards the end it skips 10 days and we reach her finale on the reality show. From there, it all wraps up in two broad pages. I wish there was a little more. A little more about her family, her plans, etc.
I had an inkling about one of the twists in the book throughout, but I didn’t have any suggestion as to how it would end. I enjoyed the plot turns and changes, as well as the mixture of characters. I’m trying to keep in mind this was a YA novel, so there isn’t going to be the depth of characters one might find in an adult novel.
I would, and probably will, recommend this book to others if they are interested in this type of story. The writing was fun, modern, and humorous. It’s a lighthearted book with a positive message about body image, life choices, bullying, and the pitfalls of fame.
I hope to write more book reviews than I have in the past, but I’m going to tell you upfront I’m no seasoned reviewer, nor do I know the protocol. So, please bear with my thoughts 🙂 As I write more, I’ll learn more!
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