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Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
I had a blast reading this book. It was filled with sass and snark, and characters who were smart, witty and funny. And the characters had very distinct, very entertaining personalities; I was never bored reading about them. I also loved that this book felt like a sarcastic ode to our society’s obsession with health and fitness, taking a crack at the insane extremes some people will go to to fit the mold. Perhaps this might offend or irritate some readers, but I found it to be hilarious. You’ve got to be able to laugh at yourself, right? But despite all of the snark and sass, there was an honesty to these characters that felt authentic. They’re all searching for their true selves, which they seemed to have lost along the way (well, maybe except Beau), and I think everyone can relate to that on some level. I’m definitely recommending this one to friends! ~Amber
When I started this book, I wasn’t sure if it was the right fit for me. It was one of those not-what-I-need-right-now kind of experiences. But I pushed through a few more pages and couldn’t put it down. This book put my feelings through the ringer! I was laughing and gasping; it takes you through the gamut of emotions. At the halfway point I found myself constantly guessing at the ending; I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! Sykes and Piazza are amazing talented writers and I can’t wait to see what this duo has in store for us with their next book! ~Kris