Wednesday, April 01, 2015

REVIEW: The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman

Title: The Curvy Girls Club
Author: Michele Gorman
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Publication Date: June, 2014
Genre: Chick-Lit

Description: When the pounds start falling off Katie, founder and president of London’s most popular social club for the calorie-challenged, it seems like a dream come true. But as the overweight stigma recedes and her life starts to change, she faces losing more than the inches around her waist. Everything that’s important to her – her closest friends, boyfriend, and acceptance into the club itself – are at stake in a world where thin is the new fat.

A funny, heart-warming story about overcoming the prejudices we hold, no matter where we tip the scales.

My Thoughts: Initially I was drawn to this book because of the cover. It really spoke to me and the idea of a story where all of the major characters are plus sized was very intriguing to me. I love a story where the characters are not Hollywood starlet material living cookie-cutter perfect lives. The more flaws within the characters, the better. The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman delivers a fun but also very hard hitting story of a quartet of friends who are struggling with their weight and what happens when they decide to stop beating themselves up over being plus sized and start loving and accepting themselves for who they are. After a night out where Katie and her friends discover that finding fun venues and activities for the weight challenged is harder than they thought, Katie decides to start a club for overweight people to attend social events and mingle. Unfortunately for Katie, she learns that prejudice and bias travels on a two-way street when she begins to rapidly lose weight. I love how this story reminds us to treat people the way we want to be treated. Katie experiences this first-hand when her friends begin to treat her differently and Katie finds her position as president as well as a member of The Curvy Girls Club is in jeopardy.

Though I did not agree with the way Katie’s friends appeared to turn on her, I understood why they felt the way they did. I admired Katie’s spirit and her willingness to fight for what she believes in. Michele Gorman addresses the issue of women battling their weight and the many pitfalls we encounter with diets with a high degree of class, grace and humor. The story is a quick read and I had a hard time putting it down. I was so intrigued by The Curvy Girls Club and what was going on in Katie’s life, I was filled with a high level of anticipation waiting to find out.

My Final Verdict: You don’t have to be overweight or struggling to maintain your ideal weight to read this book and enjoy it. This story will appeal to women of all ages and sizes and is a good reminder to stop focusing on the outside. Until we can love and accept ourselves for who we are on the inside, we will continue to fight a losing battle.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Curvy Girls Club from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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