Friday, May 24, 2019

Waisted: A Novel by Randy Susan Meyers

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

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.

my thoughts:

DNF.  Yep, I did not finish this one. The little I read was so disappointing, cliched, and just terribly written. What happened? I was expecting such a great story as so many people seem to be in love with this book. Am I the only one who found it offensive? The stereotyping was just OTT - people are overweight because all they do is eat, eat, eat. Really? Is that the only reason? Oh, and the descriptions of them was just beyond disgusting. This book is completely insensitive to such a sensitive and timely topic. It was basically fat shaming to the nth degree. Talk about a must-miss book. I would definitely not recommend it.

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: Waisted
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!


bermudaonion said...

I had high hopes for this book so I'm disappointed to see it didn't work for you.

Lark said...

Glad you didn't waste any more time on this one. (Pun intended.)

Sara Strand said...

Interesting, I found it to be the complete opposite. I recently went through a body image boot camp that wasn't exercise but the mental side and figuring out why you feel the way you do about yourself and how it has absolutely nothing to do with what you look like, but people focus on the physical because that's tangible and easy. Which is why so many of these exercise and diet programs don't work, they aren't designed to. If you lost the weight and kept it off AND felt good about yourself? They would be out of business and that's not what they want. I thought it was interesting read to maybe get someone thinking about the other side of health, it isn't always physical but your mental is just as important. Sorry this wasn't a fit for you. Thank you for being on the tour, though!

Sara @ TLC Book Tours

Ti said...

Wow!! I read a different book by this author and enjoyed her writing quite a bit. This is surprising to me! I was getting into the summary but then wow.. a DNF even and you hardly every leave a book unread.