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3.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,364 ratings  ·  466 reviews
In this “big-hearted triumph of a novel” (Carolyn Pankhurst, New York Times bestselling author) for fans of Jennifer Weiner, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers.

Alice and Daphne, both successful and accomplished working mothers, harbor the same secret
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Atria Books
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Chelsea Humphrey

Keeping this one short and sweet, because I think I was not the right reader for this book. It wasn't a bad read, as I gave it 3 stars, but I found myself putting this one down and picking it back up over a span of weeks due to my not being able to engage with the plot or the characters. Will definitely give this author another chance in the future!

*Thank you Atria Books for my review copy.
Elyse  Walters
Jan 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
....Awful.... really awful!
....Boring ...with cheesy dialogue!!!
.....Too many characters ... with secondary characters not developed well.
.....Shallow writing.
.....Suffers from bad editing syndrome.
.....The descriptions bring the ‘heart-of-the-storytelling’ to a standstill!
.....Defensive writing was a turn off.
.....not funny, not inspiring...
lacks authenticity.

Thank you to Atria Books, Netgalley, and the author.
I appreciate the advance copy -
I wish I could have truthfully been more positive
Theresa Alan
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Daphne and Alice meet at a retreat that was advertised as a way to lose a lot of weight quickly, but allegedly healthily. They agree to be followed by a camera crew because they think it’s being filmed for a serious documentary.

Daphne has a mother who has harped on her since she was young about how her weight is appalling. Even though Daphne has a husband of nineteen years who always assures her that he is attracted to her just as she is, she can’t shake her mother’s disappointment and condescen
Julie Ehlers
Mar 21, 2019 marked it as tossed-aside
So this novel is about a few women who go to a weight-loss spa. After a couple of pages describing the journey to the spa, the book delves into the backstory of one of the women, Alice. Alice, the book would have you know, is hugely fat. A new dress for Alice requires voluminous amounts of fabric. When people see Alice's handsome husband, their disbelief that he's with someone like Alice is evident. When Alice's mother calls her "curvy," Alice is quick to correct her, saying she's not curvy, she ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
You can probably count the women that don’t worry about their weight on one hand. As someone who has been overweight and managed to lose it, but constantly thinks about it, the premise of this book drew me in. Seven women, seriously overweight, sign up for a weight loss farm where their efforts will be documented on film. But is it a serious documentary or reality tv? Or something else?

The book is told from the perspective of two of the seven women . Alice, who married her director husband duri
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Waisted was an intriguing book that I devoured once I stared reading. 

Alice and Daphane are very much different people but have one big thing in common. They are both overweight. Alice has a husband who isn't supportive and makes her feel less than because of her body, and Daphane's husband is the exact opposite. He loves her for who she is no matter what. Alice's mom is wonderful and supportive, Daphane's is always making her feel bad for her extra weight and pressuring her to lose the
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2.5 Stars

I have to confess I wanted to read this simply out of morbid curiosity. Despite my addiction to terrible reality television, the one thing I’ve never been able to stomach are weight loss shows. I’ve never understood why someone would subject themselves to “motivation” like this . . .

What the reasoning (aside from public humiliation) behind being weighed wearing things like this could be . . . .

And how in the hell 90%
DJ Sakata
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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She, along with six other substantial women, stood in the parking lot avoiding each other, as though their abundance of flesh might transfer from body to body.

“I’m in shock at the number.” Daphne refused to state the actual number. “Shock without any baseline of knowledge. I don’t know what I should weigh. Last night, watching those men and women being weighed like heifers at market, I wanted to cry.”

Mirrors engulfed them, mirrors sharper and brighter than Daphne imagined existed
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoughtful, honest, and dramatic! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Alice and Daphne have so many things of which to be proud. They are moms, wives, successful at work, but all they can focus on is their weight.

Alice was thin when she first met her husband, and she feels her marriage is in jeopardy if she continues to gain weight.

Daphne is overweight in a family of thin women, and her mother’s approval is earned only if one is thin.

Alice and Daphne meet at Waisted, a weight loss program set in a Vermont mansion. It
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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𝓒𝓸𝓶𝓹𝓮𝓵𝓵𝓲𝓷𝓰. 𝓡𝓮𝓵𝓪𝓽𝓪𝓫𝓵𝓮. 𝓡𝓮𝓪𝓵.

Randy Susan Meyers has written a thought-provoking story about women and their relationship with their weight. Alice and Daphne befriend each other while at a weight-loss retreat that turns into a weight-loss nightmare. Alice is a strong woman with a rewarding career, a loving family, and a beautiful daughter. She met her husband when she was break up skinny and has always felt that he was not happy with her subsequent weight gain. Daphne is a make up artist with two
Debbie Oliphant
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

If you have ever been a slave to the scale or the Monday morning do-over to lose the weight that will miraculously solve all of your problems, this book is for you. The self-loathing and the feeling of being invisible regardless of your size is aptly depicted in this book.

The story centers around Alice and Daphne who believe their stay at a weight-loss facility for a month will be the answer to the countless attempts to shed the weight. What the
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Think fat, be fat. Eat fat, be fat.
This book took my breath away. I cried, cringed and shook my head all 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
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers was refreshing, moving, and just the book I needed in my life right now :)

Daphne and Alice are very unhappy with their bodies. They both meet one another at Privation for a month long stay at a camp that promises weight loss. Instead, it's an awful reality show documentary called Waisted that shames women for their weight. This is an experiment designed to see how far women will actually go to lose weight.

Like all women, I have struggled with my body image time and
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read this book in manuscript form and I can't say enough about it. It's heartfelt. Suspenseful. Witty. Warm. Wonderful. Disturbing. Thoughtful. Compelling. Riveting. Seriously important. Inspiring. It made me hungry. Then made me never want to eat again. I recognized myself. Then hated myself. Then loved myself. This is a must read for every woman who ever stepped on the scale with her eyes closed. And every woman who hasn't.
Waisted should be read by every woman, no matter their size or skin color! As a woman that has always struggled with weight and body image issues, I connected with this story from the first page. Am I too fat? How do people see me? Why can I not stop at one cookie or chip instead of eating the entire bag? Will this diet work? Waisted follows Alice and Daphne on their quest to break the yo-yo cycle of dieting and food addiction. They meet at Privation, a weight loss center used to film a document ...more
Aga Durka
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
After reading a synopsis of this book, I knew I had to read it. I mean, what woman does not struggle with her body image at least once in her lifetime and does not want to read some, hopefully inspiring if not funny, fiction book about it? When starting this book I was expecting some eye opening revelations, some confirmations, and at least a little bit of humor, unfortunately I did not get much of any of these things. This was simply not my “cup of tea”, but I am sure there are some readers out ...more
Lisa Leone-campbell
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alice is the head of a children's community center and she is overweight. She is obsessed with being overweight. But she can't help but be overweight. Since her childhood her mother has kept tabs on how much she eats. How unhealthy being overweight is and what not to eat. Now Alice only hears her mother's voice in her head when trying to make healthy food choices and it only does the opposite. So Alice continues to eat and continues to gain weight.

Daphne, a make-up artist was very thin when she
May 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-netgalley
1 star *
Publication Date: May 21, 2019

Usually I reserve 1 star rating for DNFs. However this one gets the honor that I finished the book and still gave 1 star. I guess unpopular opinion here seeing as there are so many positive reviews for this read but I just didn't get it. I hate giving an advanced read copy a poor review, I try to be positive and grateful I was given the chance to read something that could be great, but this just wasted my time. The premise sounds great, a camp where overwei
Catherine McKenzie
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A refreshing look at a difficult topics. Randy Susan Meyers is a fantastic author who doesn't shy away from confronting controversial topics head on. ...more
Ashley Houser
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
This review is incredibly difficult for me to write. I am a book reviewer. But, I don't review books to be critical. I do it to promote books, support authors and publishers, and share my love of reading. I review over 200 books per year and I virtually never give an overtly negative review. I often find that even if a book is not my personal taste, I can appreciate it for what it is and what it brings to the table.

Unfortunately, Waisted completely missed the mark for me. And while I appreciate
Jamie Rosenblit
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.5 rounded up...

What woman (and I’m sure men too) can say they have never struggled with body image and the desire to lose weight? I’m betting the answer is not many! Alice and Daphne are two very different women from different backgrounds and meet at a facility for weight loss while filming a documentary called Waisted - where they find out just how badly they want to lose this weight, but what are they willing to put at stake to have the slim figures they dream of? In Alice and Daphne, Meyers
Dec 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
I thought a book about women who are exploited while trying to lose weight would be at least reasonably sensitive. But Meyers takes every opportunity to remind us that fat people are disgusting, they're filthy pigs who eat everything in sight. One man describes the women as "lying in lakes of fat," which is an appalling way to describe another human being. It's as if Meyers has no idea that people who struggle with their weight are human beings with feelings and redeeming qualities. As if being ...more
Michelle Plyem
Feb 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really really wanted to like this book, but I unfortunately didn't. It's clear the author has good intentions and wanted to address a lot of issues surrounding women in larger bodies in our society. However, I think the scope of the narrative is just too large and overly ambitious. Trying to address race, gender, weight, relationships (familial and intimate), dieting, and how all those things intersect is really hard in one book. It's also not easy to come to the end of a story with all these ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
My thoughts are still jumbled about this story! The plot description caught my attention immediately: women signing up for an extreme weight loss documentary and end up rebelling against the trainers and filmmakers. I was looking forward to an empowering read and imagined myself mentally cheering and pumping my fist in the air: take that, destructive diet culture! And yet . . . it wasn't really like that. Somehow the momentum of the story deflated just as it should have peaked. To the point wher ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What woman has not obsessed over their weight? Randy Susan Meyers, as always, perfectly captures the feelings we have when others fat shame. Part satire and part reality, Waisted is a fabulous novel with a great message. Thanks to the publisher for an early copy.

Bravo Randy!
May 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Well, I managed to finish this book without throwing my Kindle against the wall. I truly hate having to give an ARC a bad review, but they do ask for honesty, so here goes:

I hated the characters... period! I hate how they viewed themselves, I hated their unrealistic thoughts, I hated their angst, I hated how Alice (half black/half white) and her mother (white/Jewish) were so bigoted/prejudiced, I hated that once I finished this book I couldn't even remember how it ended *scratches head* did the
Really Into This
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers Book Review
I’ve struggled with my weight as long as I can remember. I know all too well the effects of dieting, beauty magazines & intrusive advice can have on your soul. In that regard, I found it easy to relate to the character’s struggles.

Dueling Timelines
The story switches between Daphne & Alice & I love alternating narrators. For me,
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, arc
Raise your hand if you've made a New Year's Resolution to lose weight. To eat better. To exercise more? If you've cried in a dressing room trying on a bathing suit, or while attempting to squeeze into those favorite jeans from high school. If you've ordered the salad, but really wanted the burger, or have looked at another woman and wished you looked like them or had their confidence...

Are there any women who are NOT raising their hand right now? I'm fairly confident there are few.

Waisted is tr
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jennifer S. Brown
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel about the lengths women will go to in order to lose weight gave me so much to think about in terms of how I think about weight and how I can let it control my life. The idea that a number on a scale can actually change my mood is ridiculous and yet dead-on.

In this novel, Alice and Daphne go to a weight-loss retreat that is really a documentary experiment in disguise. They are shamed, put through devastating workouts on little food, and plied with pills. As difficult as it was for me t
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