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June 5, 2019

Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers @randysusanmeyer ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

Waisted is about what lengths women will go to lose weight, what happens when you’re pushed beyond humiliation, pain, and fear and then survive it and move towards a happier life.

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May 2019; Atria Books; 978-1501131387
audio, ebook, print (288 pages); women's fiction
You can never be too RICH or too THIN.

This fantastic new book by Randy Susan Myers is about the goal to be thin! Utilizing her two main characters, she shows us women who allow their weight to be their determining factor about how they think the world views them and how they view themselves. Weight is more important than friends, family or jobs. As a woman who has struggled her entire life with weight issues, I can assure you that these two characters are a true reflection of how the world treats overweight women and how they subsequently treat themselves.

Daphne learned at a young age that being the only heavy daughter in her family would cause lots of criticism from her tiny mother. She has a successful profession as a make-up artist and is very giving with her talents, often helping young girls who have been burned or disfigured. She has a loving husband and two children but often feels 'less than' when she faces the world.

Alice is married to a filmmaker who values beauty and style. She was thin when they got married but since she has put on weight, she feels that her marriage is now in jeopardy. She also has a successful job and a loving family but only sees the negatives in her life due to her weight gain.

Daphne, Alice, and five other women go to an extreme weight loss camp for 4 weeks. They can have no contact with their families or other friends and need to follow the rules of the organizers who will be filming them constantly to make a documentary about their weight loss. They soon find out that they are trapped in a cruel experiment to test how far they will go to drop weight. How much will they take before they are able to fight back?

This provocative and fantastic book is a deep look at body image - both at how society treats overweight women and how overweight women treat themselves. I loved it!

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About the Author

Randy Susan Meyers is the bestselling author of Waisted, Accidents of Marriage, The Comfort of Lies, The Murderer’s Daughters, and The Widow of Wall Street. Her books have twice been finalists for the Mass Book Award and named “Must Read Books” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She lives with her husband in Boston, where she teaches writing at the Grub Street Writers’ Center.
 in addition to writing Waisted, Randy Susan Meyers put together an amazing anthology of essays by women discussing weight. All proceeds go to Rosie's Place in Boston, a charity dedicated to helping poor and homeless women.

Find out more about Randy at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.

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  1. sounds interesting and i do know plenty of people with weight issues. i am fortunate that i am not one of them, but i do see their difficulties first hand
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. I really enjoyed this one, too! Thanks for being on the tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours