Author: Kate Rockland
Published: January 17, 2012
Genre: chick lit
Hardcover: 336 pages
Source: borrowed from the library
My Rating: 2 stars
Synopsis (from GoodReads): A smartly-written novel of two women starting at opposite ends of the scale--and finding compromise and friendship in their journey towards 150 pounds In the fast paced life of blogging, two women stand out: Alexis Allbright, of Skinny Chick, and Shoshana Weiner, who writes Fat and Fabulous. Both have over five million loyal readers. Both are hungry for success. But the similarities stop there. With over 100 pounds on the scale separating them, weight isn't their only difference. Alexis is a loner who is so bitchy the only person who can stand her company is her gay best friend Billy. She gives neurotic New Yorkers a run for their money with her strict daily workout routine, and weighing of food. Shoshana is Alexis’s opposite. Living in Jersey with rowdy roommates, she is someone who “collects friends,” as her mother puts it; and treasures a life of expanding circles...and waistlines. When both appear as panelists on a popular talk show, their lives intersect in ways neither could have imagined. In turns comedic, heartwarming--and familiar to any woman who's ever stepped on a scale--Alexis and Shoshana realize they have far more in common than either could have possibly imagined, and more importantly, something to offer.
My Thoughts: I was interested in this book when I first heard about it, mostly because of the blogging aspect. Not only because I am a book blogger, but there have been other books that I've reead where a blogger is involved in some way, and it makes for a very intriguing book (think of the Gossip Girl series). This book was far from intriguing, though. In fact, it was pretty boring and written like a middle-schooler. The dialogue between the characters felt forced and not genuine. And the dialogue was predictable. You could guess what a character was going to say before they said it. The only interesting part of this book was Alexis' growth from a selfish individual to a person who is focused on others. I enjoyed those chapters told from her point of view, even though they were pretty predictable. I was disappointed in this book and felt like it was mostly just a waste of time.