The premise of this book was truly fantastic. From the start, you could tell that Gorman was passionate about the subject, and that it was more than just another topic for another book.
When Katie and her friends realise that their weekly weight-loss meetings are making them feel guilty and miserable, they start hitting the town instead. Realising that curvy girls need curve-friendly environments, they do their research and choose activities that have comfy seating or wider doorways. Soon, there are so many people wanting to join in on these activities that the girls start their own club - the Curvy Girls (and Boys) Club.
The women realise that when they're enjoying the activities, surrounded by fellow curvies, they no longer feel as 'fat'. In fact, for the first time in a long time, they aren't self-conscious at all!
As their curvy-girl revolution gains momentum, they start becoming more well known - and then the TV stations get involved.
Throughout this book, the plot developments are unexpected, and intriguing. The fact that these woman are of a size that is now the 'norm', whether we like it or not, makes them so much more relatable. As a curvy girl myself, who has always struggled with body image, I heard the ring of truth in the harsh critiques these women were giving themselves daily. Then, as their activities gave them a confidence and happiness that they'd been missing for a long time, I felt both happiness and jealousy.
Refreshingly, this book was about real women, and real emotions. There was no storybook romance, or miracle weight loss. The happy ending wasn't seeing four skinny women who'd achieved their weight loss goals - the book was about women finding happiness in themselves the way they are, and not beating themselves up for not meeting someone else's standards of beauty.
The Curvy Girls Club told a story that needed telling, and that I appreciated hearing. I admire Gorman's dedication to the topic - she has even created a Facebook group for women that shares daily inspiration for curvy ladies.
Women who are brave enough to write about why they are beautiful as they are, and encourage us to ignore the haters are inspiring. Women like Brittany Gibbons, from Brittany, Herself, who are making a living by boosting women up, instead of putting them down, should be celebrated!
I definitely recommend this book, for women of all shapes and sizes. These women are real women, who I see everyday, and who everybody should know and empathise with. Go! Read it now!!show more
by Annabel Krantz