Fitness Junkie Review

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Seems like a fitting time to write the review for the astoundingly clever new book Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza which was given to me by Netgalley. I have started back up my epic quest to get my body slim and trim again. The recent move had caused a bit of a minor derailment. This round of my weight saga began in May when the hubby came back, and took a big hit when we were staying in hotels and eating out virtually every night. So it's good to be getting back on track...although I can barely move after my 5 1/2 mile walk this morning. What barely caused my husband to break a sweat virtually destroyed me. Both me and the dog looked at the stairs up to my front door with abject horror...and both flung ourselves on the kitchen floor by the water bowl for at least 30 minutes upon making it up those stairs. But it was a start. Wish me luck!!

But back to the book...

Fitness Junkie is such a bombastic look at our culture's obsession with weight, and the laser focused and sometimes dangerous lengths people, mainly women, will go to be skinny. And now that skinny has to be obtained by some Zen means also, no matter how outlandish. This novel is filled with all that and then some, combined with biting wit and cunning humor. 

Janey Sweet is the CEO of an extremely successful company that sells uber posh wedding dresses that only come in size 6 and under. Her business partner and the creative designer of the company Beau, has been a fixture in her life since childhood. So when he sits her down over a breakfast that he doesn't eat to tell her that he's removing her from the company because she dared to eat a Bruffin (combination brioche and muffin) while sitting in the front row of a fashion show, and that she can't return unless she's lost at least 30 pounds, she is devastated. How is the company going to run without her, especially when she's the one who handles everything?? But more importantly, how is she going to lose all of that weight (and more importantly, DOES she need to lose it)??


This book takes a jab at so many facets of the fitness world, it's hard to know where to start when describing it! We have women eating clay instead of food, fitness instructors being paid to cuss out the people in their classes, drinking broccoli-infused water, taking free the nipple yoga classes...the more absurd the better. It also has something to say about those fitness gurus whose followers will do absolutely anything they tell them to do, no matter how ludicrous. I can't decide if it's funnier because it's so true to life, or whether that makes it a little more sad. At this reading I'm choosing funny. Maybe if I was in a different frame of mind while reading I would've felt different.

Janey goes through a terrific evolution in the book that we can all stand behind...and I really enjoyed reading about it. I'm giving this one 4 stars on Goodreads. I was happy that they never say how much Janey weighs, or how much her equally size-obsessed friends weigh. I think that would've taken me out of it some, and only because of my own weight issues. But this is a great summer read really. It's not too heavy, although it says a lot about society now. And it's written by two authors with a little insight into the world they are writing about, which makes one think there's probably more than a couple nuggets of truth in the novel somewhere.

So, make a few yummy cocktails and sit in a lounge chair with this one. And for the record, no matter how much weight I want gone I will never eat clay, or pay for a fitness instructor to yell at me and call me a bitch while I spin.

Huge thanks again to Netgalley for sending this one my way!!

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