#AudioBookReview: Fitness Junkie

I am feeling such the grouch.


Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza, Narrated by Susan Bennett
Audiobook 9+ Hours, Released July 2017
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From the best-selling 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 30 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 30 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.

My Thoughts:

This is a book about wealthy people wasting their money on fad health crazes and one 40ish successful woman’s descent into it all after her business partner, who is also her childhood best friend, tells her she is an embarrassment and can no longer be the face of the company she helped build because she’s too fat. And no, very much to my disappointment, she does not stab him to death.

She owns 49% of the company and though she’s hurt by his rejection and horrible insults, she silently slinks away and embarks on all of the fad fitness journeys that money can buy. And, apparently, money can buy you a lot of useless diet aides (clay eating?!) and retreats and painful over-priced workouts. Thankfully, I’ll never have enough extra money laying around to throw away on a $50 topless yoga class!

Janie wasn’t too bad as the main character. She’s dealing with a double whammy of betrayal and humiliation and manages to keep on plugging away instead of falling into a fit of “poor me” despair. Despite being a little insecure and very dumb about her business partner, Beau, she’s pretty likable as far as these types go. She knows these things are ridiculous but she goes along with them anyway; drinking strange juices, spending $15,000 on a retreat, eating a little clay, taking her top off and buying a fitness watch thingy that embarrasses her at every turn.

This book does poke fun at Gwyneth Paltrow and her silly Goop-iness but other than that I found it all pretty shallow and only vaguely entertaining and though it promised to be “outrageously funny” it really was not. However, you may have a better sense of humor than I.

I borrowed my copy from Overdrive.

Comments

  1. Now I could get on board with this had she decided to stab him to death. As it is, nope, not interested :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

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  2. You cracked me up about stabbing him to death. Figures it her business partner was a man. I knew it! This makes me think of all of the fitness offers on television. They promise you'll lost x amount of pounds in the first 30 days. Any diet or exercise routine will do that. It's when things slow down that the work really begins.

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    1. It would've been a much better beginning of the book for me had she stabbed him to death!

      And honestly how many people can keep up with a diet of NOTHING sweet and an hour long workout every day of their lives? I'd rather not live at all ;)

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  3. I don't think that this one is for me at all. Now maybe if she had stabbed him...

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    1. I know, right? She missed out on a bestseller by keeping that dude alive.

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  4. Clay eating and topless yoga? +1 on poking fun at Gwyneth Paltrow, though.

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    1. Yeah, that bit was funny! The rest of it? Notsomuch.

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  5. That blurb cracked me up so much! I am currently discussing what to do for lunch with a friend on Whatsapp and between the two of us we eat a lot of salad, so I'm glad for this making me smile lol!

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    1. You're welcome and I hope you enjoyed your salad :) I love a Fuji Apple Chicken salad. I could eat that every night but must have a Trader Joe's PB cup to even things out ;)

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