Book Review: “150 Pounds: A novel of waists and measures” by Kate Rockland
Posted Feb 23 2013 8:02pm
Are you a healthy living blogger? Then you should really read this book.
I am a sucker for girly novels. When I saw150 Poundson a library shelf, it quickly captured my attention as I enjoy reading up on health and weight related books, but haven’t read many novels about it. The description is what really lured me in. Here’s the synopsis from Amazon :
“Full time bloggers Alexis Allbright, of Skinny Chick fame, and Shoshana Weiner, of Fat and Fabulous stand out in the blogosphere like diamonds. Both have over five million loyal readers. Both are hungry for success. But their similarities end there as they send out directly opposing messages about women, weight and what is healthy.
After being invited as guests on Oprah Winfrey, Shoshana and Alexis are forced into each other’s lives but hope never to see each other again. However the result of two exciting life events means a drastic weight change for both of them, and they are forced to confront the real issue at hand: What is the best message to give women about their weight? Should they try and shed it, or learn to love their own skin?
These two writers living across the Hudson River from one another in Manhattan, NYC and Hoboken, New Jersey must put their differences aside as they realize there is no perfect number on the scale.
Shoshana and Alexis, once enemies, will discover they have much more in common than they ever thought possible: by the end of the novel they will both weigh 150 Pounds.
An entertaining yet poignant look at a difficult and pressing issue that will affect all women at some point in their life or other. The book ends with a positive message and a lesson that we can all learn from.
“Ms. Rockland handles an emotional topic sensitively yet head-on. The result is that the reader is left with an inner confidence and somehow more sure of living in their own skin. Every woman who has hangups about her weight should read this.”
First of all, being a healthy living blogger – I can totally relate to everything here! While I am not a full time blogger like the main characters of the novel, it was really cool to read a book about people who are in the same world as me – the blogosphere. Besides, I subscribe to many blogs of full-time bloggers as well so it was fun being able to relate and wonder if that’s how they live their lives as well. Well, not exactly the same way, obviously, as there are quite a few dramatic things that happen in the book, but still.
The book is really well written and pleasant. It is easy to read and uplifting. I picked it up initially because I was looking for something to make me feel better about not being skinny. I liked the outlook of Shoshana on being happy at whatever weight you are and that we must love ourselves above all else. Alexis’ attitude toward life was very restricting and it also reminded me of some of my own times when I was ultra restricting and measuring out all the food I ate, etc. It was nice to see the change that happens in the two ladies as life happens and they learn to adapt.
I had a great time reading this novel. I cannot say enough good things about it. Although I do admit I liked Alexis’ story more than Shoshana’s probably because I’m a sucker for romance. But the two stories had a huge impact on my own attitude and outlook. I love books like that!
Rating: 5/5 stars
Go read 150 Pounds my dear blogger friends and readers. You will not be dissapointed!