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#12ReviewsOfXmas #11 #BookReview Fitness Junkie By Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza @DoubledayUK

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Thank You very much to the publisher – Doubleday and Net Galley for the review copy.
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release date: 11 07 2017
Price*:Kindle £6.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £7.42 (GBP)
Kindle $9.31 (USD)/ Paperback $12.58 (USD)
Pages: ~ 304
My rating: 9/10
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK
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What I learned from this book: That there are some seriously frightening slimming trends in this world.

Description of the book: 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 delicious love child of a brioche and a muffin–her best friend and business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: Lose thirty pounds or lose your job. Sure, Janey has gained some weight since her divorce, and no, her beautifully cut trousers don’t fit like they used to, so Janey throws herself headlong into the world of the fitness revolution, signing up for a shockingly expensive workout pass, baring it all for Free the Nipple yoga, sweating through boot camp classes run by Sri Lankan militants and spinning to the screams of a Lycra-clad instructor with rage issues. At a juice shop, she meets Jacob, a cute young guy who takes her dumpster-diving outside Whole Foods on their first date. At a shaman’s tea ceremony she meets Hugh, a silver fox who holds her hand through an ayahuasca hallucination And at a secret exercise studio Janey meets Sara Strong, the wildly popular workout guru whose special dance routine has starlets and wealthy women flocking to her for results that seem too good to be true. As Janey eschews delicious carbs, pays thousands of dollars to charlatans, and is harassed by her very own fitness bracelet, she can’t help but wonder: Did she really need to lose weight in the first place?

How this book made me feel: I wanted to read this book for a while now, and was very glad when the publisher contacted me. (I was refused this book on Netgalley when I requested it 😦 ) I really had a great laugh while reading this book and utterly enjoyed it.

Ohhhh, this blurb above gives out sooo much… Too much to be honest. But it is really accurate. Jane gets sucked into fitness world with her friend CJ and cousin Ivy, and the whole book was told from Jane and Ivy’s perspectives. I found all the characters really amusing in this book and a little bit weird. They all were very complex personalities, and the whole book has a great balance between elite and common worlds. There are a lot of strong, charismatic and interesting characters to choose from, and I couldn’t pick one.

The narrative of the book was ridiculously informative and funny. I had no idea, that there are so many different fitness trends around the world. Who in a world would eat clay and nothing else and think it is OK? No Hun, it’s not OK, and you need help. I really liked all the research that authors have done for this book, and the personal Lucy’s experience in fashion and business was very visible. I really enjoyed all the turns and twists, which were unexpected, and shocked me even more. I am happy that authors outlined, how some fashion standards affect women by making them insecure about their looks and especially weight.(My personal nightmare is H&M with their shrunken sizes)

The writing style was very light and easy to read, with decent length chapters, which made this novel very enjoyable for me. There is nothing traditional about this book, including the ending. I liked that authors chose realistic ending which might be a surprise to some people. But it worked for me. So, to conclude, I found this book really amusing and entertaining, filled with elite characters and a strong message. It is way far from anything traditional, and that’s why I strongly recommend it.

About the authors: 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 children’s clothing line, Lucy Sykes New York, was sold in more than a hundred department stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Nordstrom. Together with her twin sister Plum, Lucy moved from London to New York City in 1997, where she now lives with her husband and two children.
Twitter – @Lucy_Sykes

Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist, editor, digital content strategist and author. Her novel, The Knockoff, became an instant international bestseller in May 2015 and has been translated into 13 languages. She has written and reported for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, the New York Times, New York, Glamour, CNN, Elle, Marie Claire and Slate. Jo regularly appears as a commentator on NPR, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Jo lives in San Francisco with her giant dog and her husband.
Website – http://howtobemarried.us / Twitter – @jopiazza

*-the price was taken from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com at the current date. The price might change at your time of purchase. The links used in this post for book purchases are affiliates.

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