Today I’m sharing my review on a fun new novel called Fitness Junkie, written by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. This book was a fun one, so read on to find out more about the novel.
Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
Fitness Junkie brought me through a full spectrum of emotions and I found it to be entertaining, serious and lighthearted all at the same time. It’s absolutely crazy to think that some people will push themselves to ridiculous limits in order to lose weight, and on the same token it’s scary what some will do for money. It’s an interesting world we live in and it’s frightening yet hilarious that most of the diets discussed in the book are or were actually real diet fads.
The overall theme of the book is that although it’s important to be mindful of your health and take care of yourself, it’s not okay to starve yourself or go to dangerous extremes in an effort to lose a few pounds. Healthy living and eating should be done in a safe and healthy way, not strictly to lose weight. And at the end of the day, what makes you happier, looking in the mirror and thinking that you’re skinny, or sitting with some you care about while enjoying a glass of wine and maybe a dessert too?
Happiness should come from within and we shouldn’t put pressure on others to fit into a warped version of what perfection looks like. Reading this book gave me equal parts fitness motivation and a who cares attitude all at the same time. I enjoyed reading this book and it had me laughing almost the whole way through. It was witty, humorous, serious, and downright funny. I look forward to seeing what these authors present next. I think my takeaway is a motivation to be mindful of my mental and physical health while still allowing myself to enjoy life, even if that means having an extra glass of wine when the mood strikes. Cheers!
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
I received a complimentary ARC via NetGalley. My reviews 100% reflect my honest opinions.
About the Book
Author: Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza
Published: July 11, 2017
From the bestselling authors of The Knockoff, an outrageously funny novel about one woman’s attempt–through clay diets, naked yoga, green juice, and cultish workout classes–to win back her career, save her best friend, and lose thirty pounds.
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.
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