I wonder if anyone really realizes how "curvy" women and men feel--how totally insecure--how angry. I know I have been curvy most of my life and it gets real old real quick when people tell you "what a pretty face you have--but don't you think you could lose a few pounds?" It is actually the same for women and men who are too skinny. Most times it is the constant yo yo dieting that keeps us heavy--but we all keep trying, sometimes to our detriment.
Well in this novel that hit home a bit too close for me. 4 curvy friends decide to quit a skinny club and start one of their own where everyone could possibly feel better about themselves. All four of these friends have psychological problems due mostly to their body image and it shows in the way they react to others. When one of them suddenly loses weight for no apparent reason suddenly she is made to feel bad about it! Now there is a medical reason--and all does work out happily in the end.
Prejudice comes in many shapes and sizes--This author has actually started a website called the Curvy Girls Club-which if it gets large enough may actually have meetings etc--however I think that will be in England--but one can always hope!
Here is what Michele Gorman says:
"Imagine a place where nobody is judged by the size of their waistband, where you’re reminded every day how fabulous you are. That’s exactly what Michele Gorman did when she wrote THE CURVY GIRLS CLUB, and she had so much fun in that imaginary world that she’s creating the real thing!
You can be part of the real Curvy Girls Club – a friendly, supportive, encouraging community where everyone is welcome, a fun place for people who want to love themselves. Think of it as the most flattering fitting room in the world - perfect lighting and mirrors that make you feel fantastic. Because you are fantastic. And that's the whole point.
Club members are treated to a daily dose of loveliness – empowering reminders that you’re pretty great just the way you are. Chat with one another, get involved in the book club and, once there are enough members, check out the real life social events. We’ve all got one thing in common: We want to live in a world where everyone is welcome no matter where they tip the scales.
Join the Club* for all the fun: http://thecurvygirlsclub.blogspot.co.uk/ All new members get Michele’s romantic comedy short story, WEIGHTLESS, for free.
And the Facebook group to get your daily dose of loveliness: https://www.facebook.com/groups/512009562242497/
Or Twitter: @CurvyGirlsClub3
* It’s not just for curvy girls, but for everyone who wants to feel great!
Michele xo "
I really did love this novel even if it saddened me a little-there were parts that made me laugh out loud--a 5 STAR for sure.
About the Book: (from Goodreads)
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
Read a chapter or two here
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About the Author: (from Amazon)
Michele Gorman is the #1 best-selling author of Bella Summer Takes a Chance and The Expat Diaries (Single in the City) series. She also writes upmarket commercial fiction under the pen name Jamie Scott. Born and raised in the US, Michele has lived in London for 16 years.
If it weren't for Twitter and Facebook, Michele would be a much more prolific writer, but wouldn't have nearly as much fun, so do chat to her online:
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