Book Reviews of Life Doesn't Begin 5 Pounds from Now

Life Doesn't Begin 5 Pounds from Now
Life Doesn't Begin 5 Pounds from Now
Author: Jessica Weiner
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ISBN-13: 9781416935384
ISBN-10: 141693538X
Publication Date: 1/9/2007
Pages: 208
Edition: Reprint
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
Easy to read, pleasant tone, but I didn't necessarily have any aha! moments or new revelations.
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Helpful Score: 2
Motivational speaker Weiner (A Very Hungry Girl) recovered from an eating disorder and has coined the term "Actionist" to describe what she doesmotivating and inspiring people to take action in their everyday lives. This volume reads like a manual, helping young women to decode what Weiner calls "the Language of Fat." She writes perceptively about how girls and women bond over expressions of self-loathing for their bodies ("I noticed just how hard it was to stay intimate with my girlfriends if I wasn't body-loathing beside them") and argues that the simple words "I feel fat!" mask an internal world of insecurity and pain. While the book is full of advice, tools for change and action steps toward healthy self-acceptance, it's also clumsily written, studded with clichéd subheadings and random upbeat quotes. However, Weiner's style could work well for young women ages 15 to 25, who have barely begun to question the negative messages being hurled at them by their families, boyfriends, the media and other womenand who believe, as some have said to Weiner, that their lives won't begin until they are thin.
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Helpful Score: 2
I just took this off my wish list after my library copy came in and I read the first couple of chapters. I do not recommend it! I first made the mistake of assuming the author was the same Weiner who wrote one of my favorite books, "Good in Bed." Nope, that was Jennifer.

This is just the same old stuff found in "inspiring" articles that claim to be life-changing but really rehash the idea over and over that you shouldn't feel bad about yourself. After two chapters and an intro of this, I quit reading. I'm looking for a book who WILL make me feel different, not one that just says we should.

It is easy to read, and goes quickly, but I considered it a waste of my time.
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this is the best book i've read concerning body image. jessica weiner is my new hero! her philosophy for looking at the reality of body image today is a must read for anyone questioning their beauty and worth...
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Didn't care for this book, it seems like very "beginner" advice on dieting, thinking about your body, changing your thoughts kind of self-help book. Quick read because not a lot of information, especially new information. May be good for teens just starting in their struggle with weight and body image.
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This was a great book! For every woman(or man) who has ever hated their body. You won't feel the same about your body after reading Jessica's books. And that is a good thing!