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Jemima J by Jane Green
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Dec 26, 07

This book actually made me mad when I read it, to the point that I stuck a post-it note warning in the book before I returned it to the library.

Five reasons why this book is dreadful:

a) The heroine, Jemima, is constantly described as being morbidly obese and too fat to function in society. Jane Green, the author, mentions several times that Jemima can't fit into chairs. Now, Jemima is 5'7 and 217 pounds. That may not be the size of a supermodel, but the way Jemima is described throughout the book, what with her zillions of chins and rolls of fat, you'd think she was easily triple the size of that picture.

b) Jemima is so fat that men aren't attracted to her and the only reason she lost her virginity was because it happened in the dark, where her lover couldn't see her hideous figure.

c) Jemima goes on a diet and loses 100 pounds in 3 months. Yeah. I swear, that's what the book says.

d) The "dreamy" love interest only likes her after she's lost 100 pounds.

e) It borrows every single cliche from The Big Book Of Lame Cliches. Internet dating gone awry? Check! Too good to be true love interest? Check! Forced separation of the heroine and the love interest? Check! Lots of humor? I'll give it half a check, as using "humor" to describe these "jokes" would cause a rift in the universe. "Shocking" twist? Check! It's like Jane Green got paid by the cliche or something.
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message 10: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer At 5 foot 7 and being 117 pounds after her weight loss, she's be nearly skin and bones!

Kerri Oh Mallory, I miss you!! Great review!

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) This sounds really bad. 217 is hardly morbidly obese.

Danielle this book was sooo bad! lol...and yeah, the author made it seem like she was a f-ing ELEPHANT! yeah, was she overweight, yes, but COME ONE!! and the boyfriend with the 'fat' girlfriend, hiding her, and the porn. i mean...COME OOONNNN. i definetly wasted brain cells reading this book

message 6: by Zeba (new) - added it

Zeba ooh after reading your comment i dont think i'de want to read the book.. i thought at the end it may have the main character embracing the way she is or making a change in her weight and being determined.. but the way you've described it makes it look soo bad.. thanks for the review.. not going to waste my time reading that :)

Leslie The weight loss is hardly talked about! And then all the compliments she gets... It is ridiculous! I read the weight and height and I thought that is overweight but hardly cause for being a "social leper" as she calls herself in h.s./college, if I remember right. What positive, good message is it teaching? I would hate to think a h.s. girl(s) reads this and takes it to heart.

message 4: by Sara (new)

Sara I agree. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who warns my fellow library patrons via post-it!!

Erica Haha I love that you put a post it warning for future library patrons!

message 2: by Lorena (new)

Lorena Wow! I have had this on my to-read list forever but I will be removing it. No Fat shaming in my house.

message 1: by Beth (new)

Beth Williams When I read this book, I had no idea what her weight was (being Australian I don't know lbs or st) but imagined it was a huge number. After re -reading it recently, I looked up the conversion and realised that at one point she is disgusted to weigh 80kgs! Seriously just can't get my head around this book anymore!

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