Today on my blog I have the How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly In Love blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, 7 favorite books, and giveaway.
“Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty.” To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big “F” word—”fat.” Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.
Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her “momager” signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family’s financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?
Wow! Ken completely blew me away with how accurate he wrote Emery and the emotions of being an overweight 16 year old girl can feel.
Emery is 16 living in California with her father who is obsessed with working out, her older sister who is an underwear model, and her mother who is an ex model. To say she doesn’t fit in with her family is an understatement. But at least she has a boyfriend who loves her for her. It’s not like she hasn’t tried to lose weight but when you love double cheeseburgers, fries, and soda it makes it hard to stay on the diet. But when Emery finds out her family is not doing good financially her mother comes up with the idea of Emery going on reality television to lose 50 pounds in 50 days. Even though Emery doesn’t want to do the show she wants to help her family and show she really belongs with them. But before she agrees to this, Emery has a stipulation she gets half the money to do with as she pleases. But reality television is not really reality as Emery finds out when secrets start to come out. Now she must decide if going through with the show is worth the money or if keeping her sanity is worth more to her.
I enjoyed this book. I was able to connect with Emery on so many different levels. Which doesn’t happen often. I might connect a little but not completely as I did in this book. I went through a lot of what Emery did as I was overweight at sixteen and still am as an adult. The only deference between us is I didn’t have the family obsessed with perfection as she does.
But as much as I loved the book I did have some issues with how some of the major plot twists are handled. I would have liked to see more resolution with them but all in all I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading more from Ken in the future. 4/5 Bloody Fangs
Ken Baker is the E! News/E! Online Senior Correspondent and Breaking News Editor, an acclaimed author, producer, public speaker and former pro hockey player.
Ken reports breaking news, conducts celebrity interviews, delivers investigative reports and hosts a range of news segments for E! News, E! Online, E! International, E! News specials and the network’s live events.
Baker has published six books. His newest work is a novel due out in April 2014 titled “How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love,” a story about an obese teen who is pressured by her family to go on a reality show to lose weight and, in so doing, learns the real meaning of freedom.
His debut novel, “Fangirl” (Running Press, 2012), told the story of a pop star who falls in love with a fan amid a sensational tabloid drama. Ken is adapting “Fangirl” into a movie in collaboration with Converge Media.
Ken is currently at work on a series of Hollywood-themed thrillers set for release in 2015.
Ken's 7 Favorite Books this Year:
Counting by Sevens
The Gospel According to Larry
Au Revoir Crazy European Chick
Under the Dome
A Wrinkle in Time
Lord of the Flies
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Ken for letting me review your book and say Thank You to Book Nerd Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.