From the writers of The Knockoff, Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza comes a new snarky comedy novel Fitness Junkie. A story we all know so well, a woman wants to lose weight, so she delves into the world of fitness. Where she finds extreme fads, hilarious over-doers, and eventually herself.
Janey Sweet is the CEO of a wedding dress design company, which she runs with her best friend Beau. The ultimate taboo happens when Janey is photographed eating at an event, and Beau basically shuns her out of the company by telling her she needs to lose weight in order to work with him. This sends Janey on a quest. She’s newly divorced, forty, overworked and desperately needs to get back into the swing of life. Luckily she lives in New York, so there is an abundance of different work outs and diet drinks to try.
First, there’s Free the Nipple yoga, then theres something called The Workout (which is essentially a work out with out being a workout) then there’s the twenty something dollar juice drinks that supposedly she can’t live with out. That’s when she meets a cutie with dimples named Jacob, who introduces her to the dating scene again. She has a blast with him, even though they dumpster dived (dove?) on their first date.
Spending her time trying to find the perfect way to lose weight helps Janey realize that maybe she didn’t need to drop the pounds after all. When she realizes that maybe she’s better off with out her “best friend” Beau, her life can truly begin.
This novel was witty, sarcastic, and hilarious, you can really see how the authors are poking fun at all the new workout and weight loss fads, especially eating clay (what the what?) I did enjoy reading it, but I do have to say that I think their first novel was better. Janey was a funny girl, but she just didn’t connect with me like I was really hoping. Every character in the book was a caricature and that kinda turned me off. I was hoping for some real people, but the book missed the boat on that one. Needless to say, if you are in the mood for a light read that will make you laugh, this is definitely a book you want to pick up, but if you are looking for something with deeper character development, you might want to go elsewhere. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I received this book from Netgalley.