Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers
ebook, 308 pages
Expected publication: May 23rd 2019 by Atria Books
About the Book:
Daphne, the plump one in a family of model-thin women, learned early on that slimness earns admiration. Alice, skinny when she met her husband, now risks losing her marriage if she gains any more weight. Though both are successful working mothers, they harbor a secret: an obsession with their weight that overshadows concerns about their children, husbands, work—and everything else of importance in their lives. That’s where Privation comes in. Located in a remote Vermont mansion, the program promises fast, dramatic weight loss and Alice, Daphne, and five other women, are desperate enough to try it. They’ve left behind their families for this once in a lifetime opportunity. The catch? They must agree to being filmed; afterwards, the world will see Waisted: The Documentary. Alice and Daphne soon discover, however, that the filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment to test how far they will go to drop weight. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability…until they decide to take matters into their own hands.
This book took my breath away. I cried, cringed and shook my head all through through it. I know it was about weight but to me it was also about dealing with self esteem and self love. I felt so sad that Alice, Daphne and Hania had to go through all this, I saw so much of myself in them. These characters joked a lot to keep the sadness at bay and to hide a lot of angst. They all had pain they'd hidden from each other (and themselves) but through the tough time they were going through they each learned to share. I think when they finally realized they are not perfect, and that's ok, they begin to enjoy the body and life they were given. This book not only lifted me up, but made me reevaluate myself and my life. I can only hope this book will enlighten everyone as it did me.
As I read, I was invested in the lives of these women, their struggles, their emotions, and their growth. The fat-shaming, the discrimination, and the lack of self-confidence was heartbreaking and difficult to read. It was hard to read the thoughts of women who have a negative self-talk tape running constantly in their minds, but more importantly, it made me think about how I actually live this way every single day of my life. But the friendship between the women was heartwarming and the message of self-love and self-acceptance is one women of any weight can identify with.
Thank you NetGalley, Atria Books and Randy Susan Meyers for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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