Thursday, June 4, 2015

Skinny Me by Charlene Carr

4 Star

Jennifer Carpenter dreams of being a different person – A person with confidence, a person with beauty, a person who weighs a heck of a lot less. 

At twenty-seven, her world falls apart. She’s out of work, her mother has died, her estranged brother is in a coma and, despite good qualifications, each and every job interview ends in another rejection. Marked by the teasing, taunts, and fat jokes that defined her childhood, Jennifer blames her current lack of success on her ever-growing waist band. 

In need of a change, Jennifer puts her dream of ‘skinny’ above all else. Obsessed with this mission, she devotes her life to becoming the ideal version of herself even if it means becoming alienated from the only people who love her. Determined to lose the weight she believes is ruining her life, Jennifer finds herself in danger of losing so much more.

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Because I can relate to being that overweight and unhappy woman, I could definitely relate to Skinny Me. This book truly spoke of emotions and attitudes that I have been through and felt. I feel like the author was extremely honest, and almost painfully so at times, about how a person could think and feel about their weight. It seemed like Jennifer was ultimately a good person deep down but would let her past hurts and emotional issues control her better judgement sometimes. This one point alone seemed very true and realistic to me as the author could easily have made the character more lovable but was not scared to show her more unpleasant side.

Jennifer seemed to struggle a lot with jealousy and resentment whether it was merited or not and this is also something that I have struggled with personally. I wondered, while I was reading this bookk if it was based on her imagination or if the seemingly personal account was based more in reality than I fiction.

This story was definitely somewhat of a revelation for me. It made me realize that sometimes I can let others perceptions of me affect how I act and it shouldn't. I was silently cheering for Jennifer to come out the victor in this story and I was not disappointed.

Thank you to the author for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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