Part mystery, part social commentary, part chick lit. That’s my best synopsis of this book that I’d never heard of before it becoming my first (free) Kindle book read. I’d be lying if I said that the thing that got me to buy it was the (lack of a) price tag.
Right away, we meet the main characters and founders of Slimmit Corp – a shady weight loss company that relies on a mixture of “tough love” group meetings, fake weight loss pills, and various other shameful tactics to guilt people into losing weight. One-on-one meetings with supermodel “slimming specialists” are another thinly (pun intended) veiled way to get the fatties (their word, not mine) to lose weight.
When their latest tool is stolen, the Lipid Loser, the two women at the forefront, who happen to hate each other, are pitted against each other, each suspecting the other of stealing it. What follows is a series of plot twists and turns so plentiful you almost need to write them all down. Who is good? Who is bad? Who has the real lipid loser? What is the real motive of any of these people?
More importantly, the question I kept asking was “why do I care?” I can’t tell you why because I never did figure it out, but I can say that I did. I really wanted to keep reading while at the same time not wanting to care. The writing style was a mix of sarcasm, wit, and satire, which was a large part of the appeal of the novel. That and the undercurrent of negative commentary about the weight loss industry, commentary that I wholeheartedly agree with, kept me “turning” the “pages”.
Also, have I mentioned that I love my new Kindle? LOVE IT.