Book Review Of “Fitness Junkies” By Lucy Sykes And Jo Piazza

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 lovechild 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?

A hilarious send-up of the health and wellness industry, Fitness Junkie is a glorious romp through the absurd landscape of our weight-obsessed culture.  (From Goodreads)

Thanks to the wonderful BookSparks for sending me this book as part of the #popupblogtour series, and in exchange of an honest review.

Let’s get down to brass taxes. While humorous, I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the dedication to “Fierce and Fabulous Fit Bitches” I didn’t like the chapter headers dedicated to fit people. I do understand it’s supposed to be a satire book. But I refuse to be a part of the Skinny/Fat war’s and that’s how I felt reading this book. I don’t know, call me sensitive if you must. I think it just came across as shallow. But I will give props where its due. It was creative, and Funny, and Broccoli water…. I think it could be a thing! Let me just add, I think everyone is perfect the way they are. 🙂

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