Monday, 24 August 2015

Guest Book Review: Michele Gorman - The Curvy Girls Club

Reviewed by Kelly Spillane

Can the curvy girls have their cake and eat it?

Meet best friends Pixie, Ellie, Katie and Jane. Fed up with always struggling to lose weight, they start a social club where size doesn’t matter. Soon it’s the most popular place to be – having fun instead of counting carbs. And the girls suddenly find their lives changing in ways they never imagined.

But outside the club, things aren’t as rosy, as they struggle with the ups and downs of everyday life.

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Katie, Jane, Ellie and Pixie are tired of slimming club, so when their idea to start a social club, where size doesn't matter and fun is the main aim, takes off, each of the four girls find that their lives are about to change in ways they never could have imagined possible. 

This is the first book I have read by Michele Gorman and it will not be the last. Michele has a way of writing that keeps you coming back for more. She has the talent to make a serious situation funny, but not to the point where it becomes a joke. She has written four great lead characters in this book. Although the story is told through the eyes of Katie, all four girls are crucial to the story. All four pf the characters are very well developed and extremely likable. 

I feel that the author did a great job at tackling such a sensitive subject. Unfortunately, we now live in world where photoshopping and being told what the perfect body is like, is the norm. It is a breath of fresh air to come across a novel that promotes a message about positive body image. This book works, because everyone can relate the story. There is not one person in the world that is one hundred percent happy with some part of their body, or their weight. This book hugely promotes feeling good about yourself no matter what your size and shows how you can gain self-confidence in everyday life. 

There aren't many negative things I can say about this book, except that the weight and sizes of the four main characters are not made clear to us. This makes it very hard to picture to characters and get into their mindset. In the book, one character loses a lot of weight and is told she is too skinny by becoming a size sixteen, while another character is seen to be fat, while being the same size.  

The issues surrounding weight gain and weight loss are approached brilliantly in this book. The issues regarding health scares and the effects of weight loss pill, are also approached brilliantly and sensitively. All in all, I feel that Michele Gorman has done a great job in writing a book that shows that you should love yourself no matter what size you are. 

I'd like to thank Kelly for reviewing The Curvy Girls Club for me from her own copy of the book.  Check back later this evening for Kelly's review of The Curvy Girls Baby Club.

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