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Speed Shrinking by Susan Shapiro
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Nov 23, 2009

it was ok
Read in November, 2009

The main character has an addictive personality. She's already overcome some of her addictions and is a self-help guru. The problem is, she can't help herself. How original is that? Now that her best friend and shrink have moved away and her husband is filming a TV show across the country, she can't control her junk food binges and is obsessed with finding a new shrink and getting her ballooning weight down before her next book about conquering her food addiction comes out. Because, of course, she has to go on national TV and can't do that with all the weight she's gained. And the way in which she solves that problem reminds me of one of Jennifer Weiner's books. Not terribly original. Healthy, but not very original. I have a sugar addiction myself, though not to the extreme that Julia does. In fact, this book takes everything to the extreme, which made it hard for me to get into. Some plot devices just didn't seem plausible to me, like the way Julia and her best friend Sarah's friendship disintegrated.

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message 1: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Well, I guess reading all these bad books helps you appreciate the good books even more, right?

Happy Thanksgiving!


Lisa Seriously!! At least I know my next one will be good, since you read it!

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Emma  Kaufmann Yeah I agree - the main character was so self obsessed it made her unlikeable. Also the plot plodded on too much. A neat idea badly executed.

Merredith yah the best friend thing didnt even seem realistic..they had been friends since they were kids then suddenly broke apart so much so quickly for no real reason...

Robert I don't think "not realistic" is a valid criticism of what was clearly a farce.

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