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4.5 Stars How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love is a hilarious young adult contemporary novel that also deals with deep topics in a brutally honest way The book speaks of obesity, our society, self image especially among females , confidence, and being yourself no matter what The story revolves around Emery Jackson and her family as they embark on a reality TV show featuring Emery as she attempts to lose fifty pounds in fifty days The cameras and crew are always on, regardless 4.5 Stars How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love is a hilarious young adult contemporary novel that also deals with deep topics in a brutally honest way The book speaks of obesity, our society, self image especially among females , confidence, and being yourself no matter what The story revolves around Emery Jackson and her family as they embark on a reality TV show featuring Emery as she attempts to lose fifty pounds in fifty days The cameras and crew are always on, regardless of what Emery or anyone else in the house may be doing I love Emery as a main character because she s bold, honest, witty, and smart She s also aware of her flaws, like her weight issues, as well as the bigger problems in her life including her family and their issues, her lack of self confidence, and hiding behind snarky comments to hide her real feelings She s the true picture of an American teenage girl an honest picture that just about any reader can relate to I loved her witty dialogue and sarcastic observations I was laughing throughout the entire book at her comments and situations a couple of times I was laughing so hard I had to stop reading until I calmed down Everything that Emery talks about, from Hollywood messing with girls self image to slutty Halloween costumes it s all true and and messed up, but she talks about it in a snarky, witty way that blew me away and totally won my heart I have to say I m very impressed that the author was able to create such a realistic teenage female character that the reader can identify with A lot of authors have problems with originality in their characters and the fact that the author is male makes it all theimpressive in my mind The story is a roller coaster of emotions sad, funny, inspiring, introspective, and honest I keep referring to the honesty of the book and the characters because it really stood out for me the entire time and I feel that it gives the story depth Going alongside Emery in her journey to losing weight and what ensues afterwards was exciting and eye opening The story s told from Emery s point of view, so the reader gets an inside peek into her mind and feelings the entire time It was a fantastic way to present the story and definitely helps to immerse the reader into the story and to identify with Emery right away Overall, I found this to be a highly entertaining as well as enlightening novel and I normally don t read YA contemporary fiction I highly recommend it for fans of the genre as well as those looking for a fantastic realistic story that just about everyone can relate to on some level.Disclosure I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review I received a copy from the publisher on Netgalley in exchange for a review.First of all the good parts, well, that is easy Everything up to almost the last page was fun, interesting and I really liked it.Emery was likeable, though I wanted to shake her at times She became fat because she likes eating junkfood, and not just junkfood, but mountains of it I sometimes was disgusted by how she described all that food and how she all sneaked it in and ate it.I loved how she gradually changed and th I received a copy from the publisher on Netgalley in exchange for a review.First of all the good parts, well, that is easy Everything up to almost the last page was fun, interesting and I really liked it.Emery was likeable, though I wanted to shake her at times She became fat because she likes eating junkfood, and not just junkfood, but mountains of it I sometimes was disgusted by how she described all that food and how she all sneaked it in and ate it.I loved how she gradually changed and though lots of things went wrong, she stayed strong and kept going.Her family however Her mom is obsessed with how she looks and uses botox for extra firmness , her sister is thanks to mom addicted to her weight and how she looks, her dad well he is mostly MIA.I really didn t like how the didn t support her most of the times They thought she would give up, wouldn t make it And that made me sad, a family should support their family members, and parents should be there for their kids, not just leave them hanging.I really liked the reality tv show, that was a fun idea to do and added an extra twist to the whole Girl has to diet theme.Ben, ah Ben He was cute and sweet, and he deserved better.Now for the 1 star the ending I absolutely, seriously HATE endings like in this book Making me all excited, making me all want that ending because of everything that happens the twists The diet Ben and then BAM view spoiler Just stops, drops and stays dead We get a 2 months after chapter with nothing much disclosed hide spoiler And I am really really sad I absolutely loved the book up until the ending But this kind of ending It should be forbidden Now I still got many questions left, things still open and waiting to be closed It is a shame If you don t mind sudden endings, and you do like reality shows, punky big girls, bad parenting and a girl trying to diet, then this book is for you This book Wow My original expectations were blown out of the water, as what I actually got was a very hard hitting, outstanding read You see, this book takes on today s epidemic of obesity, today s obsession with reality TV, today s issue of teenagers growing old before their years, today s issue of prejudice wherever you turn, and the age old problem of conditional and unconditional love Sound intrigued I was, and I wasn t let down.The story centres around Emery, an overweight and overlo This book Wow My original expectations were blown out of the water, as what I actually got was a very hard hitting, outstanding read You see, this book takes on today s epidemic of obesity, today s obsession with reality TV, today s issue of teenagers growing old before their years, today s issue of prejudice wherever you turn, and the age old problem of conditional and unconditional love Sound intrigued I was, and I wasn t let down.The story centres around Emery, an overweight and overlooked member of today s society She has a sarcastic, cynical and somewhat abrasive personality but as the story progresses, her walls start to crumble and you see her mellow as she starts to confront her buried problems I loved her as a character, her outgoing mind set is exactly what I wish I had She was quick, witty and hilarious You can clearly see the development as the story progresses, and I empathised with her situation When we occasionally got a glimpse of the strong character, she was quashed by others something I m sure we have all felt at least once in our lives Her blog was one of favourite parts of this book Baker used her as voice of the generation to address all of these issues head on I actually re read her blog entries as I was completely enamoured with her every word She challenged society and questioned why why do we have to follow this generic template set out for us Why do we have to conform to make others happy happiness starts with yourself and should always be your upmost priority She was wise beyond her years, but needed to accept her own words before she could be truly free.Moreover, I was very impressed with the way this book challenged a lot of today s issues and prejudice but in a very thought provoking and intelligent manner In a way, this story re enforces the fact that, to some extent, we are all prejudice We may not mean to be, but what we say and think can have repercussions on other people We may not intend to hurt others, but we do Overall, this was a truly brilliant read Not just for Emery and her voice of the generation , but for the hidden messages and morals you get This book delivers some serious messages in a very cleverly thought our manner Definite recommend and is something all teenagers should be reading I received a free copy of this book, from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinions or thoughts, and any expressed are that of my own Feel free to read the full review on Musings of a Book Lover.Emery named after the emery board one finds in a nail salon has just been told that she is now considered obese by the family doctor Sure, she s tried diets, but the call of Coronary Highway is too strong Who wouldn t want to eat two double cheeseburgers, a large fry and a diet coke It is, after all, the Standard American Diet Well, everyone in Emery s dysfunctional family doesn t eat that way.Her botox injecting mom wants to Feel free to read the full review on Musings of a Book Lover.Emery named after the emery board one finds in a nail salon has just been told that she is now considered obese by the family doctor Sure, she s tried diets, but the call of Coronary Highway is too strong Who wouldn t want to eat two double cheeseburgers, a large fry and a diet coke It is, after all, the Standard American Diet Well, everyone in Emery s dysfunctional family doesn t eat that way.Her botox injecting mom wants to sign up the family up for a reality television show that features Emery losing 50 pounds in 50 days Emery wants no part of this because she doesn t mind who she is Her boyfriend, Ben, is a gentle giant, and they are both so not the Highland Beach norm of over processed humans with their augmented body parts and fake faces However, when Emery sees that they are about to be kicked out of their house, Emery realizes that half of the prize money can save the family home Emery agrees to be a part of the madness of a reality tv show.While I found Emery as somewhat vulgar, she was trying to help others at the same time You got to see some good insights from a 16 year old through her vlog posts on self acceptance That is one aspect of this book that I quite enjoyed I liked how Emery talked about trying to find acceptance because of her weight It was empowering what Emery learned along the way about herself and how she shared it with her audience The ending also did not tie up the loose ends and was rather ambiguous Emery had a chance to set things straight with her self and her family, but she ran away instead This reader was left with several questions that went unanswered Just like reality tv, the story is unrealistic There were a few nuggets of truth which was nice in a heaping pile of dysfunctionality This book premise had great potential, but I feel that it fell short This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I think Baker has almost got it here He certainly has Southern CA down, the life of a reality star, and the paparazzi all to a tee He is an E News correspondent after all However, he s not a teenaged girl, and while I don t generally have a problem with writers writing from a perspective that is not their own, you can tell that he doesn t quite get it There is a little too much feminist preaching going on, the sassiness and sarcasm don t quite jibe, and there s no vulnerability I do love t I think Baker has almost got it here He certainly has Southern CA down, the life of a reality star, and the paparazzi all to a tee He is an E News correspondent after all However, he s not a teenaged girl, and while I don t generally have a problem with writers writing from a perspective that is not their own, you can tell that he doesn t quite get it There is a little too much feminist preaching going on, the sassiness and sarcasm don t quite jibe, and there s no vulnerability I do love the family that surrounds our heroine, Emery, however a botox obsessed mom, a bratty, stupid older sister, and an absentee dad I actually wish we had just a bitinsight into that absentee dad the story would be richer if we haddialog from him in between his missing periods Ah, Emery, our heroine SHE is a fabulous character, and a fabulous person, and completely respectable because she takes responsibility for the good, the bad, and the ugly That is what I liked about this book, and that is what will resonate with readers.What was unfortunate was that this book had several opportunities to expand and add some depth namely in the relationship with her dad, her secret, and the ending of the story , and it just didn t go there Truly, the ending was a fail in my Ah, Emery, our heroine SHE is a fabulous character, and a fabulous person, and completely respectable because she takes responsibility for the good, the bad, and the ugly That is what I liked about this book, and that is what will resonate with readers.What was unfortunate was that this book had several opportunities to expand and add some depth namely in the relationship with her dad, her secret, and the ending of the story , and it just didn t go there Truly, the ending was a fail in my opinion, and I think the author will be hard pressed to find a single reader who thought it fit.Additionally, there were some holes that didn t work given the 24 7 observation of Emery, and they nagged at the reader This is definitely a high school level book, and readers looking for a fairly solid portrayal of a girl with weight issues will find it less the vulnerability that should be there.Caution there is language including a couple of Fbombs , teenage sex, and underage drinking and taking pills None of it is overly descriptive, but there s enough I d recommend it ages 15 and up.Thank you to the publisher, Running Press, and NetGalley for providing this free ARC in exchange for an honest review the only kind I give HOLY CRAP.This isn t your typical YA read, I think everyone should read this book, FANTASTIC I read it in the wrong mindset but it isn t the best book for something with any eating disorder issues Also, the ending was very unsatisfying and left so many major plot points unanswered. Not to be sexist, but I cannot believe that this book was written by a man I AM Emery Reading this book, it is almost creepy in how spot on this writing captures the soul of a typical teenage girl Are we really that predictable or is Ken Baker a telepath The voice of Emery is REAL, witty, humorous , strong and like many of us, sometimes bitchy and judgemental It is also so refreshing to see a main character with so many flaws that is not a doormat Yes she still has feelings, she still get Not to be sexist, but I cannot believe that this book was written by a man I AM Emery Reading this book, it is almost creepy in how spot on this writing captures the soul of a typical teenage girl Are we really that predictable or is Ken Baker a telepath The voice of Emery is REAL, witty, humorous , strong and like many of us, sometimes bitchy and judgemental It is also so refreshing to see a main character with so many flaws that is not a doormat Yes she still has feelings, she still gets hurt but she is a warrior She doesn t crumple into a ball and will herself to disappear when the going gets tough She makes mistakes but she doesn t stop striving to become a better, happier version of herself I did have a few qualms with this book though For one, I felt like her personality was a little inconsistent at times However with her being a teenager she is still figuring out the type of person that she wants to be Two, in my opinion the book ended too abruptly and I would have liked to have seen muchresolution with some of the significant plot twists Lastly I felt that the biggest reveal of the novel was a little too farfetched Even the lurking outside a room eavesdropping a secret conversation clich would have worked out better.At the end of the day though,I would buy this book If you don t know me you probably do not understand the significance of that statement I don t buy books I am a broke college student who can barely afford the internet connection to post this review Yet despite this rather disparaging financial reality, I would still have bought this book if I had not had the good luck to receive it for free in exchange for an honest review.Anyone that has ever struggled with what it means to be you will enjoy this novel 4 5 `DOWNLOAD EPUB ↬ How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love ↿ 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 weightEmery 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