I thought this book was hilarious. As someone who has also successfully lost weight, I felt the author perfectly captured how I felt during that time: frustrated it wasn't happening fast enough, frustrated that others thought it should happen faster, resignation that this is as far as your body will go, jealousy at those that lose more or lose quicker, the weirdness that comes with a new body and how people react to that ... I also appreciated that she didn't try to get "preachy" - it reads like a diary of how she felt at different times during the process, which may be at odds with what she felt the week before. One caveat: the diary-style writing was a little bit jolting to get used to at first. She writes in really short, disjointed chapters, so she might recount an incident in chapter 1, remember a dream she had when she was 10 in chapter two, give her thoughts on a newspaper article in chapter 3, etc. It's a style that's totally new to me.
Jerry Springer meets Personal Tell All. The self deprecating tone is funny to laugh out loud in parts, soul-baringly dragged out in others. Anyone's who's struggled with eating/drinking/smoking/vice'ing too much will be able to relate (not that they'd necessarily want to). Probably works better in a blog format, but a fun, breezy beach read nonetheless.
I was not impressed with this book, though I am amazed by anyone who can bare her soul and personals to the world. It was interesting, yes, but not overly so after the beginning chapters. I was getting tired of the snappiness, the journal-like tone. But my displeasure surely arises from my misinterpretation of what the book would be. I thought it would be exactly what I imagine she didn't want it to be: a journal of her struggle with her weight and how she did it finally. I did love what she did with the old WW cards in the middle of the book...they were hilarious.
I love Wendy McClure's sense of humor and I was trying to giggle quietly to myself while the rest of the family was asleep. I shared the WW recipe cards with my husband and he thought they were hilarious. I highly recommend that you read this book. NOW!
Very well-written book, but I had trouble identifying with the author's story; young(er), female readers should have a much easier time in that regard.