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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

[Review] How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love; Ken Baker

How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love
Release Date: April 22nd 2014
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Format: ARC from netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:
"Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word—"fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.

Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her "momager" signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family's financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

What I Thought: This was a  book I ended up liking more than I expected to. It had a really interesting family dynamic and some really great supporting characters, in addition to the main character also being decently likeable. I also thought it was an interesting premise, with the reality show storyline.

The best part of this was definitely the background story of the family. I definitely wanted to know more about them and how they got themselves to be where they were.

The biggest complaint I had about this book, was that the ending was VERY abrupt. I wish it would have been just a bit longer to wrap up and finalize things better. Overall though, I thought it was paced well. It just needed a more complete ending.

Read this if: you like family type stories, or if you're interested in a different look at reality shows.

Out of 5☆: 3/5

This book was 17/100 for 2014

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