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Author: Randy Susan Meyers
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Genre: Women’s Fiction
My Rating: ★★
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.
When I first came across this novel on Netgalley, I was super excited because it is not often you come across fiction books that follow people who are on a weight loss journey. However, I thought the story would be a little more lighthearted and would focus on the camp primarily while only taking bits and pieces of why each woman was attending the camp.
While the author did go into the stories of both Alice and Daphne, I felt that it was too much. By that I mean, it went into too much detail that it took away from the actual story. I would have preferred to learn more about the other five women who were attending the camp because each of their stories were kind of thrown in at the last minute.
I wanted to love this book so much, but overall it fell flat to me.