Katie, Ellie, Pixie and Jane have all struggled with their weight. They all belong to Slimming Zone and are the best of friends. When they get a little fed up with defining their lives by their waistline, they decide to form a club where size doesn’t matter and they can all be themselves – The Curvy Girls Club.
Very soon, the club becomes very popular as more people sign up and it becomes more successful than all the girls could imagine. However, things aren’t as good outside of the club as each girl struggles with the ups and downs of life.
As someone who has always struggled with her weight there was a lot in this book I could relate to and I thought I was going to find it a little hard going to read because of that. This book handles the subject matter well and there is a lot of humour, fun and four great, strong, female characters. Each woman has their own personal stories and all are going through slightly different things.
Katie is in love with a guy at work and makes some bad decisions for herself (not realising that she has to practise what she preaches,) Pixie is a strong woman but needs to find the courage to leave a bad relationship and start over (her behaviour toward Katie wasn’t always good,) Jane who has forgotten how fabulous she is and Ellie who needs to tame the jealousy before she loses the love of her life.
Michele manages to pull all of these different stories together well. I was laughing one moment and feeling real empathy for the characters the next. There were characters I loved – like Katie and Rob (he sounds so lovely,) and characters I didn’t like (Alex.)
This book was very easy to get into and I read it in a couple of sittings. It felt real. I particularly liked the ending as it felt realistic whilst still being a satisfactory ending.
This book is a great read. It has a positive message and I loved that. It’s about accepting yourself the way you are and shouting your fabulous self from the rooftops.
(The Curvy Girls Club was published by Avon on 15th January 2015. It’s available in paperback and e-book formats. Click to view it on Amazon UK and Amazon US. Thank you to Avon and Notting Hill Press for the review copy.)
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