Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza

What They Say....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.

What I Say....Janey has been in business with her childhood best friend, Beau selling designer wedding dresses.  But Janey has gained weight - how much, we never actually know.  But the tipping point for Beau is when she is photographed eating at a fashion show.

Beau kicks her out of her own company until she can lose some weight.  Janey begins every current fitness craze while trying to figure out her next step.

With time on her hands, she begins meeting cute guys - Jacob, a poor but principled young dad, and an older rich guy who can help return her to her normal social circles.

Janey starts taking some super secret classes from Sara Strong that all the celebrities are lining up for - but the secret tea might be the key to the euphoria everyone feels at the end of class.  That was pretty apparent from the beginning so it was less of an epiphany at the end.

This was a really funny book - I also loved their other book, The Knockoff.  This is just a really fun read, but it makes you think about the time and money we all spend worrying about our weight.

Current Goodreads Rating 3.7
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