The Curvy Girls Club Book Review
Title: The Curvy Girls Club
Author: Michele Gorman
Genre: Chick Lit
Published: UK version on January 15, 2015 by Notting Hill Press
“The Curvy Girls Club is a hilarious and heart-warming story about learning to love yourself, written by best-selling author Michele Gorman.
Pixie, Ellie, Katie and Jane have been best friends since meeting at Slimming Zone. Tired of being judged by the number of calories they consume, they decide to form a different kind of club. The fun evenings they spend together, not worrying about their size, make them happier than they’ve been for years.
But the club doesn’t stop real life from getting in the way and together the girls have to address some much bigger issues than just their weight…
“This is a delightful book of friendship, acceptance, and belonging for anyone who has ever wondered: “What if?”” Publishers Weekly” (Book Description from the Publisher’s)
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 5/5 chickadees singing! As I said in my Waiting on Wednesday post, I was really excited to read this book. Turns out, it was for good reason! This is the story of Pixie, Ellie, Katie, and Jane who start a social club for curvy girls (and boys!). Katie is the main character and takes over planning events for the club. Meanwhile, she has a hopeless crush on a hot co-worker at her job, where she sells nutrition supplements by phone, but never gets chosen to do in-person sale calls. Ellie just got together with a co-worker, but her insecurities about her size are threatening her happiness in the relationship. Pixie is in a difficult marriage and doesn’t know how to get out due to financial woes. Jane is desperately trying to lose weight, to the point of dangerous dieting. While the popularity of the club increases, their personal issues reach crisis point.
I loved the four different characters in this book and how they all dealt with their weight issues in a different way. Katie and Ellie try to accept themselves the way they are. When Katie begins to mysteriously lose weight, it causes her to lose sight of herself. Ellie is insecure because of her weight and Jane will go to extremes in her quest to get thin. I think the portrayals of these women were extremely accurate. I really thought Katie’s weight loss added a whole new element to the story and it was interesting to see the way that she dealt with finally having what she thought she’d always wanted (being thin). The characters were all relatable and it was refreshing to not have the typical chick lit heroine who stuffs her face with chocolate all day and is either normal size or has just a few pounds to lose. These ladies were real.
The story was really well-written with a fast-paced plot. I got sucked into the story mainly because of the characters. I felt invested in their lives! Another interesting element to the story was how the success of the girls changed their friendship dynamics. Although it was at times disheartening, it was realistic. I was also interested in Katie’s love story and the two very different men she encountered.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was refreshingly real with genuine characters. It dealt with some deep topics of self-acceptance, friendship, body issues, etc., but remained and engaging and fun chick lit the whole time. No complaints! I highly recommend it!
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