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Fitness Junkie

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  6,629 ratings  ·  864 reviews
From the bestselling authors of The Knockoff, an outrageously funny novel about one woman's attempt--through clay diets, naked yoga, green juice, and cultish workout classes--to win back her career, save her best friend, and lose thirty pounds.

When Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffin--the
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Doubleday
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Sarah Joint
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A relatively biting but funny satire. It takes a hard look at all of the ridiculous health fads and crazes and pressure on women to be someone else's idea of perfect. You should definitely instagram that piece of avocado toast you've been served at the restaurant of the moment, but you probably shouldn't eat it... ugh, bread! (That was sarcasm, by the way. I really love bread.) It's an interesting social commentary that somehow manages to be funny, relatable, outlandish, and ridiculous at the ...more
Skyler Autumn
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

Ummm this book was kind of great! I found myself laughing along to the ridiculousness on every chapter, this was such a fun clever satire. Take this book and read it on a beach its guaranteed to make you feel a lot less self-conscious about that roll of fat that hangs over your bikini bottom.

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All-juice diets, no-juice diets, vegan, freegan, paleo -- today's health & fitness obsession is ripe for a satirical book like "Fitness Junkie". In this novel -- tailor-made for beach and vacation reading -- protaganist Janey Sweet, co-owner of a couture wedding dress design firm, is sent on a forced sabbatical by her buiness partner after being photographed in the trades eating baked goods and looking a bit too "pudgy" at the latest fashion shows. Janey tries all manner of diets and ...more
Theresa Alan
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel is hystericalbut much more substantive than I had anticipated. The main character, Janey, is infinitely likeable (although initially a little too willing to believe the best in people, to her detriment).

The story mocks the ridiculous lengths people will go to get or stay thin, but the entire book constantly reinforces the idea that its important to be healthy, not skinny. (After all, meth heads are skinny, not healthy.)

Before you begin reading the book, there is a letter from the
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, fiction
This is a book about wealthy people wasting their money on fad health crazes and one 40ish successful womans descent into it all after her business partner, who is also her childhood best friend, tells her she is an embarrassment and can no longer be the face of the company she helped build because shes too fat. And no, very much to my disappointment, she does not stab him to death.

She owns 49% of the company and though shes hurt by his rejection and horrible insults, she silently slinks away
I was hesitant to pick up this title. Very, very hesitant. Now I love a good beach read (emphasis on the good ), but a book whose premise is a woman being forced to lose weight in order to keep her job? That makes me nervous. In this fat-shaming, female-bashing world, yet another product that sends the message that women aren't good enough isn't needed. Period. Qualms aside, I decided to valiantly plough ahead. And of how this beach read deceived me.

Yes the narrative's thesis remains the
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to one of the true horrors of our societyweight. Get ready to see our weight obsession through the eyes of humor, attitude and snark when Janeys world crashed around her and she fell for the, Ill be happier, healthier, more successful and more likable if I am thinner, garbage she was fed, along with a good dose of clay.

Janeys sometimes painful, sometimes comical journey to weight loss all began with an unspoken lie from her best friend. Get ready to laugh out loud, and witness the
Chick lit gets a fun, fast-paced workout in Fitness Junkie, a hilarious and insightful tale about the billion-dollar wellness industry and its purveyors among Manhattans elite. Despite characters who are more plot devices than people, writing team Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza succeed with a fun guided tour through a subculture they skewer and celebrate.

--Broccoli needs better PR--

The book works as part expose, part safari ride through the backrooms and shadow players of the wellness niche.

Take the
I throughly enjoyed this book. The health food/exercise craze is real, and this book does a great job bringing to light how ridiculous it can get. Obviously this book isn't fact, it is a comedy/satire, but I thought the authors did a great job of bringing crazy-rich-dying-to-be-skinny New Yorkers to life.

I loved the "articles" that started some of the chapters. They literally made me laugh, had my mouth dropping open with how ridiculous it was, or a combination of both (even if none of them
Sherwood Smith
When Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company that only makes clothes up to a size 6, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffina mix of brioche and muffinher life-long best friend and business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: Lose thirty pounds or lose your job.

Janey is shocked. She knows shes put on a few pounds since her divorce, but shes not a modelshes the business part of the company! When she tries to remonstrate, Beau, her best friend since they
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Have you ever been a part of any fitness craze? I learned after trying different things that I'm just not the kind of person who is going to find her inner light and that I need active, really physical classes to get me moving... it's where I take out all my pent up emotions. Kickboxing is the perfect outlet. And recently I found indoor rowing which is way better for my back. But to meditate, ohm or let the universe decide my fate isn't the person I am. I don't begrudge the person it DOES work ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Book was super fun, loved it just as much as The Knockoff. It's juicy and gossipy and full of fabulous name-dropping.

But here's the thing. Any "fat shaming is bad, thinspo is bad" moral was completely destroyed by both the dedication and acknowledgement sections mentioning people who helped the authors get fit or are fit or some other reference to fitness. So, yeah. No. This left a really bad taste (hah! food pun) in my mouth that ruined whatever pleasure I took from the book. Without a
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Okay, so if you read a lot of my reviews you know I'm totally anti-diet and anti-fitspo and anti-fat-shaming. AND I have a bit of a history with all of this stuff so I can be pretty sensitive. However, this might be the most hilarious take on the whole fitness/diet industry ever, mostly because it's so scarily real. If you don't believe me, just search #fitspo #tiu #strongnotskinny on Instagram ~ I was HARDCORE in that community for too long and am not proud of it. This book pokes fun at the ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Just like that sweet crooner, Shawn Mendes, this book had me in stitches. Its hilarious. Likely the best thing about Fitness Junkie is that everyone can relate to it because we have all struggled with our own body image issues at some point. Janey is a bad ass southern girl taking NYC by storm when her little pest, Beau tells her she needs to drop some weight because she
Jenny Bunting
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pure fluff, vapid, and had some clunky narrative chunks.

I loved it.

I have never read a book that captures the essence of me so clearly in any given moment. Its comments on boutique fitness and its current trend was spot on and perfect satire. I loved the main character; I loved the subject matter. I was compelled to read in in free time but I did take my time and read it in a week. For all of you who are keeping track, that means I liked it.

I gave it four stars since it didn't
Tiffany Reads
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"But to be divorced, over forty, without kids - that made Janey something different altogether."

Any woman of a certain age that has been through something and then went on a journey to "find" herself will be able to relate to this book. There are parts that are lighthearted and completely over the top in a funny way and others that hit on the serious measures some women will go to for their happiness. All of those things make this an almost perfect chick lit book. My only issue is that the
I needed something funny and fluffy and this delivered. This satirical look at health and fitness had me laughing my ass off (if only that were truly possible 😏). Its witty and smart and fun. It pokes fun at pretty much all things pretentious. Loved it! ...more
Ally (book__ventures)
Fitness Junkie is a book that uses wonderful satire to depict the extremes of the fitness trends. With this basis, Sykes and Piazza added in romance post-divorce, finding yourself comfortable in your own skin, and the extremes of what people will do for money, fame, and fortune.

I thought the protagonist in Janey was wonderful. She took us along on her journey of self worth through fitness and wellness that is relatable to everyone. Many women go through the same struggles of simply wanting
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fitness Junkie is a ridiculously funny satiric prose on the pressure women, and some men, are facing in order to conform to the idea of being perfect and fit that the society is trying to shove upon us. It is also like an inside look into the life of rich and famous people, how obsessed they are to follow the newest trend and the pressure they go through to fit right in their circle. Albeit ridiculously, they mirrored the perception of some women have these days on what is perceived to be the ...more
This darkly funny novel is an entertaining roast of fitness culture. Janey Sweet's lifelong bestie/business partner lays it out for her: "You're out until you drop thirty." As in, pounds. Janey begins her quest to shed the weight and quickly learns the fitness industry is cutthroat and just plain shady. If you've ever rolled your eyes over the kale craze or wanted to throw your FitBit in the trash, you'll enjoy this book!

I won this ARC in a giveaway from Goodreads and Doubleday books. Thanks to
Kaitlyn Davis
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book! I loved the first book this duo wrote together, The Knockoff, and I thought this was a great second venture! The writing was witty and outlandish with just the perfect amount of realism thrown in to how how absurd the fitness craze can be. As a New Yorker, I can vouch that most of the "trendy" workouts in the book are based on fact, and that in this case the truth might be even stranger than fiction!

I completely sympathized with the protagonist and I loved her journey! A
Jamie beauty_andthebook_
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Having recently gotten into fitness the last few months, I thought this satirical novel was spot on and hysterical. I found Janie Sweet extremely likable and relatable. Can't wait to read more from this team!
Originally posted at SmexyBooks-B review- Fitness Junkie by Lisa Sykes and Jo Piazza (comedy/tori)

Favorite Quote: You work out 3 hours every day for fun?

Fitness Junkie is snark-filled laugh out loud satire that wildly swings on a pendulum from realistic and relatable to the outrageous and insane as authors Sykes and Piazza mock and poke fun at the fitness and health fad craze of the rich and famous. Delightfully humorous and loaded with energy, we follow Janey Sweet, the CEO of B Wedding
Beth Dean
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
What is it with books about uber-rich women that I find so fascinating?

Fitness Junkie is one of the more interesting ones Ive come across. Janey is a 40-year-old divorcee , who is a CEO of B, a wedding dress design company she runs with her best friend, Beau.

He is the creative designer. She is the level-headed CEO.

One day at brunch, Beau tells Janey shes embarrassing. Shes too fat and needs to take three months off to lose 30 pounds. After all, her fatness is not a good representation of the
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
(I've just fangirl-ed quite a bit, as Lucy Sykes has followed my Instagram :) )

I really, really enjoyed this book. It was fun and fast-paced, though there was no heavy page-turning drama (albeit some drama, of course). It has been a while since I've felt the joy of not wanting to put a book down and when I did have to put it down, the satisfaction of picking it back up and getting right back into it.

I don't like to use the term "chick-lit" as it's sexist and exclusive (in a bad way), but if I
Amanda Hanson
This book was very meh for me. I enjoyed Janey's perspective and the fitness world stuff was fascinating, but I didn't find the plot (or really, the lack of plot) very interesting. Janey's journey of self-discovery was fun, though, and I laughed really hard at some details - the the coffee the bird poops out. I hated Beau (as I think we're supposed to) and loved the guys she dates. I also kind of hated CJ. I know they're friends, and at the end, it's obvious that CJ has Janey's best interests at ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The view from the life of the 1% has been Americas strange obsession for a long time, but never has that obsession seemed more ridiculous than in Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazzas new novel, Fitness Junkie. While the books PR claims it is a hilarious send-up of the health and wellness industry, you wont find anyone who hasnt drank the Kool-Aid in this book, including, it feels, its authors. To echo the words of the immortal Titus Andromedon (and if you dont know who that is, get thee to Netflix post ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Fitness Junkie does to the fitness industry what the author's previous book, The Knockoff, did for the fashion industry. With her snarky wit, the author pokes fun at fitness trends and those who are eager to jump on the bandwagon. The book takes a more serious turn as the story goes on, proving that moderation is always the best course of action.

I enjoy this author's style of writing and while the book was mostly fun, there are lessons to be learned from the main character's experience.

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Fitness Junkie a satirical, laugh out loud, tongue and cheek take on the obsessed health crazed fitness world. No matter what fitness level we are at, any one of us can see the sad humor of fad diets, outlandish workout routines, and caloric intake nazis. The writing style is smoothly paced for a quick read. The characters are over the top and we'll written. The ridiculousness of it all will appeal to readers who are in the mood for laughing at naked
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza is one of the funniest books I've read this year. "Jamey's boss tells her she must lose 30 lbs. if she wants to continue working at B, a designer wedding dress company. Jamey must navigate the world of NYC fitness. Hilarity and consequences ensue." There are so many funny moments in here. Is "Free-the-nipple yoga" really a thing in NYC? BRO-th? Tamil Tiger bootcamp workout? Juicing? Bird poop coffee? If you have ever tried to diet or joined a gym, ...more
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Lucy Sykes has worked in the fashion world as a stylist, fashion editor, and fashion director. For six years Lucy was the fashion director at Marie Claire magazine, and was most recently fashion director for Rent the Runway. Her own childrens clothing line, Lucy Sykes New York, was sold in more than a hundred department stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and ...more

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