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Results Not Typical

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Through their Ultimate Weight Loss Diet Solution Zone System, Slimmit International Global Incorporated claim they’re making the world a more attractive place one fatty at a time. Their slogans “Where You’re Fat and We Know It!” and “Where the Fat IS Your Fault!” are recognised around the globe, the counter in the lobby says five million slimmed and their share price is as ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published October 1st 2011 (first published September 8th 2011)
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Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I read that Catherine Ryan Howard was going to be releasing a fiction novel, I was excited. I’d enjoyed her non-fiction book Mousetrapped and I felt she had a real flair for writing, which was confirmed when I read Backpacked, the sort-of sequel to Mousetrapped. It was another brilliant read and when Catherine asked me if I’d like to read an early copy of Results Not Typical, I jumped at the chance. It sounded entirely different to anything I’d ever read before so when it arrived I couldn’t ...more
Julien Chen
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’m definitely much more of a fan of her non-fiction, though I haven’t read her new ones so who knows. Hard to get through for me
Ainy Rainwater
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Ryan Howard's first novel (she's previously penned travel fiction) is a broadly satirical chick lit novel taking on the weight loss industry. Although weight gain and self esteem are issues dealt with in a number of other chick lit books, this comes at it from an entirely different angle. At the center of the book is Slimmit, a sort of fascist mega-corporation devoted to weight loss, and even more to profit. The book opens with a man stealing their latest product and the trade secret i ...more
Leslie Langtry
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From my review at

Emmy’s life might be the penultimate conundrum. Struggling with her weight for years, she works for Slimmit – a company who’s slogan is, “You’re Fat, and We Know It!” Hidden away in the basement where no one will ever see her because of a performance review that stated she was ‘unacceptably beyond Appearance Policy parameters,’ Emmy handles travel arrangements for a fleet of stunningly (and weirdly – glowing) thin waifs w
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Oh boy. This book was a train wreck, but not for the intentional reasons. The author is Irish. I didn't know until I finished the book, but, reading it, there were too many mistakes for the author to be from the US. We don't say CV here, we say Resume. And we don't spell Labor with a U. There was another flub, but I can't remember what it was now. The story was supposed to take place in the US. The CV error was made by someone who lived in NY and FL before that with no hint that she was an expat ...more
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
I don't really like to give books less than three stars, but I have to be totally honest if I'm going to review this book.
I really wanted to like this book. The premise was appealing, the summary sounded interesting, so I delved right in. However, once I was several chapters into the novel, I felt my interest beginning to wane. The characters were pretty shallow for the most part, and I didn't really care about the majority of them. Emmy was interesting, and her mother was a mess. The introdu
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
It was fun to read, but somewhat repetitive. At the end, it had this big reveal, which to be honest was really stupid. In this day and age, it would have been worked out very fast. And as for everything hinging on muffins, that was a strange plot device. When it revealed Emmy's weight on her name tag, I wasn't clear about whether this was her current or past weight. However, either way (weigh) :) it is not a number I would associate with being considered fat!

There was too much ridiculousness in
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-the-kindle
This book surprised me no end. Billed as chick lit meets corporate satire, I am not into the former and find that the latter is rarely done well. But Catherine Ryan Howard nails it! The chick lit is easy to swallow and the corporate satire is spot on. The plot is well developed and the characters are very well drawn. They are designed to be caricatures of real life and they fit the bill perfectly. I laughed out loud and even shed a tear of quiet triumph. As a first novel, there are some minor im ...more
Giddy Girlie
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Having enjoyed Catherine Ryan Howard's previous books, I was excited to test out her first work of prose. It was a fun story, lots of tongue-in-cheek that left me smiling to myself. I really liked the voice, the pacing... it was a well constructed story and I would recommend it to friends. It gets a bit soap opera-ish in the last 1/3 where there were twists! twists! twists! I think a couple of them might have been overkill, although I suspect this was intended to be part of the humor. In my humb ...more
A.E. Shaw
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012

I found this author through Kindle-trawling, and read her travel memories, which I found most amusing and neatly phrased, which led me to the immediate purchase of this, her first novel, which is similarly pleasingly formed. Set in the world of corporate weight loss companies, anyone who's ever taken any foray into slimming clubs and diet land will awful lot of well-observed truth, and cleverly-pointed hyperbolic conclusions to the 'current state of affairs'. Grittier and funnier
Debbie Young
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
The premise of this book was very appealing - the debunking of a top slimming products manufacturer, and it got off to an intriguing start. The plot was full of twists and turns and some clever surprises, with a few laugh-out-loud developments along the way. It was an enjoyable romp and surely not so far from the truth - and a great justification to put off that diet! However, it did get a bit complicated in places and would have benefited from a bit of hard pruning (c. 20%, I'd say) to maintain ...more
Talli Roland
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Having read Catherine Ryan Howard's non-fiction and enjoyed it very much, I was eagerly awaiting the publication of her first novel... and wondering if Catherine's wit and humour would translate as well in a fictional setting. I'm pleased to report it did -- wonderfully!

'Results Not Typical' is anything but your typical read. Packed full of entertaining characters -- some you can't help sympathizing with and others you'll love to hate -- Catherine's tongue-in-cheek take on the weight-loss indus
Peter Jones
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been a long-time reader of Catherine's excellent blog but really wasn't sure whether Results Not Typical, her debut novel, would be my kinda thing. How wrong I was.

Read almost exclusively in two-minute bursts on my kindle app in various waiting rooms or tube journeys this was a thoroughly enjoyable read - enough to make me feel truly grateful for any delays I had to 'endure'.

Great characters, a fun plot, all woven together with Catherine's trademark sassy narrative style - what's not to lik
Starla B
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It was pretty funny, if a little odd. As a bigger girl, I have gone through or at least tried many of the diets or "lifestyle changes" out there: Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, etc. This book pokes fun at all of them. Most of the main characters are despicable people. If it wasn't for Emmy, I would have given this book only 3 stars. However, she was worth a star all by herself.
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
2.5 stars. I like her blog, but this book was hard for me to get through. It was very wordy and I didn't like any of the characters at all, except Emmy. It pokes fun of the weight loss industry, but the story went on too many side trips with the different despicable characters. It was easy for me to set down and hard for me to pick up, because I really didn't like the characters enough to want to be inside their head.
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sometimes the sentences are a bit runny and I could do without the excessive descriptions of food in the book, but on the whole I just couldn't put it down! Every character you met had a layer underneath their layers underneath their masks and it was riveting to put it all together. Great summer read, especially if you're engaging in a "get ready for beach season" regimen at the same time!
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Have you tried to lose weight? Have you tried various weight loss programs? This is a rather hilarious look at a behind the scenes of a fictional, yet Im sure at least some of it is pretty close to the truth, weight loss program that has reached the top of the pile and then self destructs. Wickedly funny.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting that as I was reading this I was thinking it was reminiscient of Maxx Barry, and in the author's end note she indicates that's what she was going for! An unusual marriage of chick lit and satire, enjoyed it immensely, especially as an Amazon Prime freebie.
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It is a satirical look at the inside world of the weight loss industry. With companies names Slimmit and Fat Club i could not resist this read. It only took me a couple of days to read but i loved every second of it. It had twists and turns and powders , pills and lets not forget the muffins! LOL What a fun book to read!
Lenore Kosinski
Ridiculously biting humour....was almost hard to read from the evil person perspectives... Hyperbolic, but at times was almost not as exaggerative as it should have humour? I enjoyed it. :)
May 23, 2012 marked it as stopped-reading
I got about 15% done with this book, and just decided "life's too short"! I didn't like one single character at that point, so I really didn't care what happened to them. Not a bad book, I guess, just not my thing.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
I can't believe I actually continued to read this book to the end. Granted, there was a lot of skimming there for the last third, but even that was too much effort to give. Horribly predictable and not original.
Frankie Valente
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very funny, but also with a dark edge to it, as it lampoons the dieting industry and the 21st century obsesssion with skinniness. An excellent read anyway, it will be particularly amusing for anyone who ever went on a diet.
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
This author has the weight-loss industry pegged...and maybe those of us who struggle...still reading...will let you know when I finish... was sadly realistic, yet still warmed my heart.
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Could be made into a slap-stick comedy Hollywood movie. The characters are perfect for it.
Teri Pre
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Interesting premise...way too many adjectives! And I was irritated by the fact that the story took place in White Plains NY but everyone spoke British English!!
C. Purtill
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book! I couldn't wait to get back to my Kindle to keep reading. Fast-paced, clever, a little snarky but really good.
Melissa Summers
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
A humorous view of behind the scenes of a diet/weightloss emporium.
Herldine Radley
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really funny! The ending is very good.
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Catherine Ryan Howard was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1982. Prior to writing full-time, Catherine worked as a campsite courier in France and a front desk agent in Walt Disney World, Florida, and most recently was a social media marketer for a major publisher. She is currently studying for a BA in English at Trinity College Dublin.