Review: Elasticity

by Tiffany Romigh
reviewed by Rian Montgomery

If you enjoy chick lit novels that are based around serious issues but still somehow keep that personal, readable tone that the genre is known for, then you will love Elasticity. We have three main heroines in this book: Brooke, a shopaholic who can’t seem to get her spending under control, which is a problem since she’s running out of money… and fast. There’s Whitney, who can’t seem to lose weight and keep it off, no matter what diet she tries – and she’s tried them all. Then there is Tripp, who can’t break her addiction to pills, which she basically needs to actually function.

It’s one month before their 10-year high school reunion, and all three women vow to one another that they will use that month to get their problems under control so they can attend the reunion at their best. Continue reading Review: Elasticity

Review: Fat Chick

Fat Chick
by Lorraine Duffy Merkl
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Trish Collins has finally made it: She’s a perfect size zero – a ‘goddess’ in her own eyes, the VP Account supervisor at one of New York’s hottest advertising agencies, and surrounded by the glitz and glamour that comes along with such a job, including hobnobbing with the rich and famous.

After the prologue, which takes place in the present time when Trish is at the top of her game, we are then taken back to the past before Trish lost her weight. Her father died when she was young, and in order to cope with her sadness and other feelings, she ate for comfort. Continue reading Review: Fat Chick

Review: Alternate Beauty

Alternate Beauty
by Andrea Rains Waggener
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Have you ever imagined a world where overweight is considered beautiful? A world where the skinnier you are, the more you are ridiculed? That is the concept of what “Alternate Beauty” by Andrea Rains Waggener is.

Meet Tabitha. She is overweight and generally unhappy. She is tired of being constantly put down by her mother, a thin socialite. The woman she rents an apartment from is not the nicest person around either. Worst of all, she’s about to lose her job because she is getting too heavy, Continue reading Review: Alternate Beauty

Review: Big Girl

 Meet Victoria Dawson, heroine of Big Girl by Danielle Steel. The firstborn child, she grows up feeling out of place in her family because of her fair hair and thicker build. While the rest of her family is dark haired and thin, Victoria is blond, blue-eyed and according to her father, has his grandmother’s ‘big’ build. Victoria puts up with her father’s thinly-veiled barbs while her mother constantly drops weight remarks. Meanwhile her parents dote on the younger sister Grace, as she is beautiful and thin. Victoria and Grace form a strong sisterly bond despite the family tension.

Victoria goes to college at Northwestern, then later becomes a private high school teacher in New York City. She is aware that she often overeats – especially when things go wrong – but she doesn’t know what to do about it. Continue reading Review: Big Girl

Review: Conversations With The Fat Girl

What happens when the childhood friend you grew up with moves on to seemingly greener pastures? This is the predicament our main character Maggie finds herself in when her best friend Olivia announces she is getting married and that Maggie is going to be the head bridesmaid.

Maggie and Olivia had both struggled with being overweight all through childhood, but Olivia had a successful gastric bypass surgery and is now nearing a size 2. Meanwhile Maggie is still the same. She is excited about being Olivia’s bridesmaid, but wonders why Olivia is settling for something less than what she deserves. Her new fiancé might be rich and extremely handsome, but he doesn’t seem very emotionally available. Continue reading Review: Conversations With The Fat Girl