Book Review for WAISTED by Randy Susan Meyers
WAISTED by Randy Susan Meyers
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A thought-provoking story of the lives of two women and how they let their weight define them.
If nothing else, WAISTED shines a bright spotlight on how our culture perceives overweight people and what that can do to a person’s self-worth. The author beautifully crafted a story where the reader gets to meet two women who have struggled their size but also let it consume their lives.
What I love most about this book is the journey. Though I have to admit it did take me a few chapters to get into the book and embrace the story. The flow, as well as the pace, does pick up with the progression of the narrative. In the beginning, Alice, Daphne, and the cast of women who are laser-focused on losing weight seem to forget what good they have in their lives. It is when they are taking part in a weight loss competition/documentary and discover what they actually signed up for that they band together. Their path to revenge is a path to seeing who they really are. The gift of this book is the way the author truly gets inside the minds of her characters. She exposes their insecurities and vulnerabilities while still managing to push forward toward understanding.
If you are a fan of DIETLAND, this book is a lot less revolution and more reflective. However, both have compelling messages. People are not their size. If you are happy and healthy, then rock those curves. If you are naturally thin and can’t put on weight, then embrace that. Again, happy and healthy should be the goal, not a number on a chart someone created with the “ideal” body type in mind. We are all unique in who we are and should be more than the number on a scale.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
In this provocative, wildly entertaining, and compelling novel, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers.
Alice and Daphne, both successful and accomplished working mothers, harbor the same secret: obsession with their weight overshadows concerns about their children, husbands, work—and everything else of importance in their lives. Scales terrify them.
Daphne, plump in a family of model-thin women, learned only slimness earns admiration at her mother’s knee. Alice, break-up skinny when she met her husband, risks losing her marriage if she keeps gaining weight.
The two women meet at Waisted. Located in a remote Vermont mansion, the program promises fast, dramatic weight loss, and Alice, Daphne, and five other women are desperate enough to leave behind their families for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The catch? They must agree to always be on camera; afterward, the world will see Waisted: The Documentary.
The women soon discover that the filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability...until they decide to take matters into their own hands.
About the Author: Randy Susan Meyers is the bestselling author of Waisted, Accidents of Marriage, The Comfort of Lies, The Murderer’s Daughters, and The Widow of Wall Street. Her books have twice been finalists for the Mass Book Award and named “Must Read Books” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She lives with her husband in Boston, where she teaches writing at the Grub Street Writers’ Center.
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (May 21, 2019)
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