Dietland

Dietland

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Hardcover, Pages: 320

Genres: Fiction, Feminism, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Language: English

Reads: 188

Downloads: 34446

Rating: Rated: 18655 timesRate It

Dietland
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The diet revolution is here. And it’s armed.

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin.

Then, when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a dangerous guerrilla group called “Jennifer” begins to terrorize a world that mistreats women, and as Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.

Dietland is a bold, original, and funny debut novel that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight loss obsession—from the inside out, and with fists flying.

Reader Reviews
  •    Kajiktilar Mclaffon
    2020
    Sadly, I thought this was a slightly muddled mess of missed opportunities. The premise was fantastic; Plum, a morbidly obese woman who ghost-writes an advice column for the uber-cool and svelte publisher of a teen magazine, comes into the crosshairs of a slightly subversive group of women who want to change the world AND convince Plum to accept herself as she is.

    There are actually two groups in the book. One group is the kooky, don't know exactly what they are going to accomplish Calliope House Collective that takes Plum under their wing. I felt too much time was spent on this group and their 'work' with Plum (and yes, I understand that Plum is the Everywoman symbol here - if she can change, our society can change, etc.). Too much time and detail spent on Plum navel gazing, baking and spending time in the porn room (yawn!).

    The missed opportunity is with the second group - the elusive "Jennifer". They are a feminist group along the lines of the hacker group 'Anonymous'. They aren't afraid to resort to kidnapping and murder to accomplish their purpose of improving women's lives. THAT was the story I wanted to read and felt like I kept getting teased with Jennifer tidbits without getting their full story. A prime example of this was the storyline of Julia, the makeup warehouse 'keeper' who is undercover and gathering dirt on the womens' magazines publisher. She appears all throughout the book....we know she could expose a lot of dirt...and the best we get is her passing some info to Plum? What?

    Make the Jennifer group the story here, explore more what could happen when women rise up to change their world. THAT would be an exciting read.
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