Raise your hand if you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight.
To eat better. To exercise more?
If you’ve cried in a dressing room trying on a bathing suit, or while attempting to squeeze into those favorite jeans from high school.
If you’ve ordered the salad, but really wanted the burger, or have looked at another woman and wished you looked like them or had their confidence…
Are there any women who are NOT raising their hand right now?
I’m fairly confident there are few.
Waisted is truly a heartbreaking, eye opening and extremely relatable story, Whether you want to lose 5 or 50 pounds, or just want to feel better about yourself and how you look – we’ve all been there.
And for Alice and Daphne – both accomplished and amazing women – they are both held back by their weight and those dreaded numbers on the scale. They decide to enroll in a reality show slash documentary – similar to a Biggest Loser type show – but soon find themselves in a cruel and humiliating experiment – where they need to decide: How far is too far?
I cried with these women. I laughed with them. I rooted them all throughout the whole journey. It’s a tough world out there for women and I wish everyone would read this book. Those extra pounds are the most visible burden of some women – but what is invisible in what goes on inside – the hurt and anger, the obsession over the numbers and the counting, the fear, desperation and instability…
I wanted to reach in the story and wrap up Alice and Daphne and the other contestants in a huge hug and let them know they are more than just a number. A brilliant story.
Thank you Get Red PR, Atria Books, and Randy Susan Meyers for the opportunity to review this fantastic book!
Available NOW on Amazon here.
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books (May 21, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501131389
- ISBN-13: 978-1501131387
About the book:
In this provocative, wildly entertaining, and compelling novel, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers.
Alice and Daphne, both successful and accomplished working mothers, harbor the same secret: obsession with their weight overshadows concerns about their children, husbands, work—and everything else of importance in their lives. Scales terrify them.
Daphne, plump in a family of model-thin women, learned only slimness earns admiration at her mother’s knee. Alice, break-up skinny when she met her husband, risks losing her marriage if she keeps gaining weight.
The two women meet at Waisted. Located in a remote Vermont mansion, the program promises fast, dramatic weight loss, and Alice, Daphne, and five other women are desperate enough to leave behind their families for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The catch? They must agree to always be on camera; afterward, the world will see Waisted: The Documentary.
The women soon discover that the filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability…until they decide to take matters into their own hands.
The drama of Randy Susan Meyers’ novels is informed by her years spent bartending, her ten years working with violent offenders, and too many years enamored with bad boys. Two of her three novels (The Murderer’s Daughters and Accidents of Marriage) were finalists for the Mass Book Awards (2010 & 2015) and included as a “Must Read Book” by the Massachusetts Council of the Book. Her next novel, The Widow of Wall Street releases April 11, 2017.
Raised in Brooklyn New York, Randy now in Boston with her husband and is the mother of two grown daughters. She teaches writing seminars at Boston’s Grub Street Writers’ Center.
Randy Susan Meyers’ worked with violent offenders and families in crisis for over two decades.. Two of her novels (The Murderer’s Daughters and Accidents of Marriage) were finalists for the Massachusetts Book Awards.
She teaches at Boston’s Grub Street Writers’ Center.