How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker
Publication date: 22nd April 2014
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Number of pages: 272
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.
“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?
I have found my kryptonite. Books about reality TV shows. You name it: How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love, The Selection, The Hunger Games…I’m addicted.
I reads this super quickly – genuinely could not stop reading. This came as a total shock because I had just finished a book that only put me in even more of a reading slump and was reading this because it seemed like a good idea to kick off a month of contemporary reads. No one can tell me I have bad ideas now!
I felt so sorry for Emery. Everybody kept pushing her and she was under ginormous pressure to change – even though she wasn’t that bothered. She just accepted that that was the way she was. Honestly, her character annoyed me sometimes because I get that she isn’t perfect but shed been working hard to lose weight and she was ready to let it go without batting an eye.
This book had some fantastic modern reference. Jenna Marbles. A YouTuber…in this book. A REAL one that wasn’t just made up for the story. So cool. Ken Baker really wasn’t afraid to reference people and I thought that was cool. From a YouTuber to Oprah to Miley Cyrus, there were loads of famous people featured.
The flow was very good. There wasn’t any fluffing up or padding out as they say, just good old interesting plot. I’d definitely jump at the chance of reading anything by Ken Baker in future, it was really, really good.
Nothing was ever easy for Emery. So there were a few surprises in there.
Totally recommend this book whether you’re into contemporary or not! It was a light read and I liked the way the book turned out.
Under all the reality TV juiciness, a deeper story remained. A great read.
A meteor shower. A great show.
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