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Skinny Bitch

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  25,195 ratings  ·  3,709 reviews
Not your typical boring diet book, this is a tart-tongued, no-holds-barred wakeup call to all women who want to be thin. With such blunt advice as, "Soda is liquid Satan" and "You are a total moron if you think the Atkins Diet will make you thin," it's a rallying cry for all savvy women to start eating healthy and looking radiant. Unlike standard diet books, it actually ma...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Running Press (first published December 6th 2005)
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Michelle Cardel
Jan 27, 2008 Michelle Cardel rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE!
I only read this book(or tried to read this book) because my best friend said it was AMAZING! I can't even begin to tell you how wrong she was. This book represents all that is wrong in the world of food. These two authors aren't teaching you how to eat right, they are teaching you to be anorexic (If you look at the sample menus they equate to aprroximately 700 calories/day-that is ridiculous!). The only reason this book got so much press was because Posh was photographed carrying it. The self p...more
Shanti
Aug 03, 2011 Shanti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, after all we should all love our bodies
I have a weakness for bookstores. I like to judge a book by the cover and the first two pages. Had I judged one of my favorite books, Of Human Bondage, by the first 100 pages, I’d never have gotten through. It was the raving review of the friend who loaned it to me that helped me persevere.

In SFO airport, I stopped by the bookstore before heading to security check. I had an itch to spend $15 I suppose. I picked up this book Skinny Bitch and thought it had to be the most extreme attitude of weigh...more
Kristin
Dec 27, 2007 Kristin added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: theworst
my lovely, trim, glamorous little sister received this book as a Christmas gift this year. its suspicious cover and title got the better of me, and i tore through the text in no more than two hours and needing a paper bag to breathe into. it was almost exactly what i expected. the emotionally and mentally abusive text - replete with cussing and pejoratives at least 4x per page - is nothing more than an obvious promotion of veganism. while i haven't anything against choosing to eat however one wo...more
Sam
I began reading this for a bookgroup and stopped half-way through. It's complete crap. I've been vegetarian for years and know a lot about where my food comes from. These women's assertations are not only wrong in many instances but they are inconsistent and absurd. They are strongly against the eating of meat or processed foods. However, they strongly advocate the "fake meat" products available which ARE a highly processed food. This book is pop culture at its worst and has nothing to do with h...more
Kelly Walker
This book provides an excellent representation of the problems with American culture convincing women to declare war on their bodies. Chapter 1: "Healthy =skinny. Unhealthy = fat." No, I don't think that obesity is acceptable, but at 5' 10" women should weigh more than 120 lbs if they want to be considered healthy. And one of these authors has a degree in Holistic Nutrition? Oh wait, they're both models.
There are a few valuable facts, but you have to dig them out from the vulgar, angry accusati...more
Alexandra
This book changed my life. I was a vegetarian before I read it, and it made me understand my body and the vitamins and nutrients that I need to function. It is loaded with motivation and information. Anyone who wants to sit around bitching about the "language" ..is a complete moron. I mean, really? Why would you pick up a book titled "skinny bitch"...and then complain about the language?...
Jamie
I think I liked French Women Don't Get Fat, better, simply because I'm not sure I would like either of these girls. Granted, I'm already not a meat-eater, and they do bring about some interesting points, etc. I would LOVE to stop wearing leather and drinking milk, eating butter and cheese, I even tried, inspired by this book (not to stop wearing leather, baby steps...)but to be vegan. Here's what I found: I'd rather not eat. Ie: I'd rather starve myself. I never felt full, and, unless I had an h...more
Kathrynn
Funny, at first. I took the crass method of delivery to be humorous, in-your-face, no-holds-barred satire. The writing style reminded me of the website "Smart Bitches Love Trashy Books." The authors' outline ingredients--approved by the FDA--in our food that are known (KNOWN!) to be bad for us. Case in point, Aspartame--the sweetener in some diet sodas--turns into formaldehyde inside our bodies. How gross is that? Did you know Aspartame was denied approval 8 times? Founder of Aspartame, G.D. Sea...more
Laurie
This book wasn't written to piss anyone off but boy has it ever. Some people that cling to their beloved meat have written some pretty rotten things about these ladies view. #1 the book doesn't advocate being anorexic or anything of the sort so come on...each days calories are far sufficient! Remember it is a book about health, the calories are going to be less than 3k b/c there are very few woman who need that kind of calorie intake. This diet doesn't condone BK food ok so get with the program!...more
Kim
Brilliant marketing. I don't exactly know what compelled me to buy this book, since I don't diet and I don't read chick lit. (Some reviewers surmise from the book's cover and sassy tone that Skinny Bitch is targeted to a chick lit market.) I kept seeing the book on forays to Borders, where I seek periodic respite from my high-decibel children and ideas for coping more gracefully when I'm back in the fray. When I picked it up one evening and opened it to a section on aspartame (a vice I have sinc...more
Elyssa
I want to give this book 2.5 stars because I had an equal love/hate relationship with it. Let me start by saying that I was VERY resistant to reading this book. For one thing, I found (and still find) the title to be really offensive. Since I am interested in health and wellness and so many people in my family and workplace recommended it, I gave it a try.

I'll start with what I liked about it:

1) It's a really quick read and the info is easy to grasp.

2) The authors explain the evils of the USDA,...more
Sarah
These girls are potty mouths. I'm only barely through Chapter 3 and so far I am very intrigued. These girls know their stuff--it does definitely make you think about what you're eating.

And I LOVE cursing. Here are a few of the sentences I picked up within the first couple of chapters that really caught my attention:

1. Coffee is for pussies.
2. Say goodbye to soda and hello to a sweet ass.
3. In Chapter 11, we provide an "acceptable junk food" list that will make your nipples hard.
4. You need to...more
Lilly G
Sep 15, 2007 Lilly G rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like funny.
"Perhaps you have a lumpy ass because you are preserving your fat cells with diet soda."

"So coffee equals fat cells. P.S. It also makes your breath smell like ass."

"If you'd drag your cankles to a health food store..."

"You want to be a Skinny Bitch, not a scrawny bitch."

What not to love?????

The book sounds brainless (and, let's admit, that's part of what got me to pick it up). On the final pages the authors even admit such- that they titled it knowing it would make people pick it up.

But... it'...more
Books Ring Mah Bell
back away from the ice cream! Drop your hands and move away from the "moose knuckle bear fudge" !! I repeat, BACK THE HELL OFF!

HEY! Put down that second bag of chips! You don't need it! Hell, you didn't need the first bag, either. Let's go for a nice brisk walk, eh?

Do NOT stop at the drive thru! All Ronald McDonald wants to give you is a huge crapper and maybe a nice "Cardiac Surprise"! Step on the gas, bitch! Be gone!

I imagine this book to be full of these little bits o' wisdom.
R.I.P. common se...more
Lisa
The popularity of this heinous piece of garbage sickens and disheartens me. The fact that the vulgar languange was contrived for shock value to generate sales makes it no less vile. I will say this without any qualification: If you consider yourself a "smart" woman and think this book is funny, helpful, and intelligent, the entire world needs to re-think "smart". It's about as "smart" as a fart in the face.

And their expose of slaughterhouses? Read Temple Grandin if you want to know more. There h...more
Kristen H.
Sep 08, 2007 Kristen H. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: health
I picked this up while hanging out at B&N... I was intrigued by the cover and what new crazy "diet plan" these sassy girls had to offer. I figured it would be stupid.

aside from the bad language, this was A GREAT BOOK! I read the whole thing in about 2 hours. I recommend this to anyone trying to get healthier - whether they are looking to be skinny or not!

the chapter on MEAT & treatment of animals made me cry & I am going to be a vegetarian from now on. WHAT?! I know. I don't think...more
Dawn
I read this book while sitting at Barnes and Noble (I refuse to buy it because I secretly hate it.) But I went ahead and read it because I had heard a bit about it and I was curious. Then I thought, huh, that's not worth writing a review about. But then I read a bunch of OTHER people's reviews about it, and now I feel like I kind of get it. All these other reviews were like (read in a high-pitched whiny voice): "Wahh, these authors are sneaky because they didn't tellll me it was a book about bei...more
Erika Batey
Shut-up!

Okay there are some interesting and helpful facts, and the tone is sometimes witty, and quite humurous, but their soapboxes are in a height competition with their horses.
And the brash comments... UHHH, a little brashness can be clever and quite amusing, but these skinny bitches are drowning in it.

When I finshed the book I was basically determined never to eat again, and convinced that everything I was doing was ridiculous. (and I am a healthy, thin, conscious vegetarian). Can you imag...more
Beth
Uh, I don't think so. There is some really great information in this book, but I just cannot endorse a book that tells me that fasting for up to 10 days is a great idea (!), waiting until you are RAVENOUS - not to mention nauseous- is the way to go, and that processed vegan foods are just great. There are a few factual oddities too.

Also, let us not overlook the authors' assumption that if you are overweight, you must have a crappy life, dead-end job, and no man. Ridiculous. The authors urge read...more
Rachel
Nov 10, 2008 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People (esp. women) who are not afraid of cuss words and want to be healthy and slim!
Recommended to Rachel by: Physicans Committee for Responsible Medicine
Well! I bought this book based on the reviews at amazon.com about a year ago. I wanted to preview it and possibly pass it along to my non-vegan friends if it turned out to be any good. Well, I flipped through it when it got here and was unimpressed and never read it.

Then I saw an article in the PCRM (Physician's Commmittee for Responsible Medicine) magazine, saying that one of the Skinny Bitches was giving talks to White House staffers in Washington, and it really put a favorable spin on the boo...more
Jane
I thought this was going to be a funny satire on how to starve yourself skinny by subsisting on cigarettes and caffeine, a good technique I've used in the past. ha ha. It's actually made me think twice about the food I eat, where it comes from, and the industries that promote those foods. If I had known from the start that it was about vegans, I never would have read this book but I'm glad that I have.
Michelle Cristiani
I liked the spirit of this book. Paying attention to food labels, eating only when you're really hungry, and bulking up on fruits and vegetables are all great ideas, echoed by many nutritionists. The authors think that you should be vegan. I wanted to love this book, but I couldn't, because I found the following things wrong with it:
-Shoddy science. They compare the raw numbers of people who have osteoporosis between America and Africa, for example. They say that humans didn't actually evolve to...more
Kristen
Fucking disappointing. Had I known that this was going to be a book trying to convince me to go vegan I probably would have never picked it up. The premise is misleading as they basically tell you that their purpose for even writing the book is to "save the animals." The only thing I really got out of it was maybe to try a few alternate meat products, including these chicken-less buffalo wings, which are "so good they are guaranteed to make your pubes fall off." it's sort of like an Omnivores Di...more
Christina
About ten years ago, when I was vegan, I remember thinking "why doesn't somebody market veganism as the greatest weight-loss program ever?" Well, these ladies have done it. This book is a 200-page argument for veganism dressed up like a diet book. In a lot of ways, it was just preaching to the choir for me. I already don't eat meat, and I already feel guilty about eating eggs and dairy. I actually had to skip a few pages (which I never do) of heinous slaughter house testimonials that were so pai...more
Annalisa
Oct 11, 2008 Annalisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone struggling with eating healthy
Recommended to Annalisa by: book club
If I were to write a nutrition book, I would be encouraging without offending. But we all know with diet if you get an inch, you take the excuse and run. We want people to tell us it's ok to be unhealthy. These girls don't excuse anything. They are tough and mean, like drill sergeants ripping away all unhealthy vices, getting you to conform to their health code with fear. And like all good sergeants, they do it with offensive language. They even admit they picked the catchy title to sell books....more
April
Who would have thought these ladies would win me over? I picked up this book a few years ago and was totally turned off. In the first place, the authors - 2 former models - completely talk down to you, calling you a fat pig who has to move your lazy ass. In the second place, their solution for weight loss means going vegan. Two strikes for me.

Now that I have actually gone vegan, I decided to give the popular book another chance. This time, I knew to expect the sass and so it didn't bother me as...more
Beth
I read this because a friend recommended it. I appreciate the enlightening section on the horrible conditions in which animals are raised and slaughtered. Definitely makes you want to ditch animal products or at least make sure they are responsibly sourced. However, the rest of the book was so full of contradictions (eat only food with ingredients you can pronounce... no, wait, eat this long list of super-processed vegan "fake" foods) and the profane, trash-talking language was completely over t...more
Chelsea
So far I love it. It's obvious this book pushes people to be vegan, so of course, like politics you're likely to only hear one side of the story- take it for it's face value.

While I agree that we don't need to eat meat to be healthy, that animal torture is wrong and that dairy consumption is unnatural I don't think that just because someone tells you that, you should believe them. Luckily there are about 20 pages of sources in the back of this book so a smart person would research for themselve...more
Katie
Feb 09, 2009 Katie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Noone
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Heidi
I LOVED this book for one specific reason, but really didn't like it for three. Not that the three out-weigh the one. I think this book is definitely worth reading, even for men! This brings me to the first reason I didn't like it. The title. Seriously? This is jut a marketing scam, and I was originally so turned off by the title when I heard about it that I thought for certainly I would never read it. But then I read more reviews on it and happened upon it in the Chicago-Midway Airport. Having...more
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Rory Freedman is the co-author of "Skinny Bitch". She attended the University of Maryland, and used to not like writing, but has developed a passion for writing due to her passion for the subjects that she writes about. She wrote "Skinny Bitch" because she is passionate about not being skinny or being a bitch, but to educate everyone about becoming vegetarian and vegan. Rory Freedman was not alway...more
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