Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “Waisted” by Randy Susan Meyers, Atria Books, May 21,2019
Randy Susan Meyers, Author of “Waisted” has written a unique, thought-provoking, intriguing and intense novel about women and weight loss. The Genres for this novel are fiction, and women’s fiction. The timeline is mostly in the present and goes back to the past when it pertains to the events or the characters. The author describes her cast of characters as dysfunctional, complex, complicated and each has their own set of problems.
There is a dull joke that dates back to when my mother was young and alive, “that one can never be too thin or too rich.” In present time, most women are obsessed with the way they look, battling both the bulge and age in many ways. It would be Nobel prize worthy if someone could find a cure to keep us young or thin forever. Randy Susan Meyers has written a novel about women, different ages, colors, different physical characteristics looking for a way to get thin.
Alice and Daphne are both mothers, and are obsessed with their self-worth and body image and relation to the scale. Often that seems to be there biggest worry. The two meet at Privation, a weight loss program that promises a quick way to lose the extra pounds. Part of the program is that it is to be filmed as a documentary,”Waisted: The Documentary”. There are several other women who also are in this program.
Little do the women realize how they will be shamed, demeaned, demoralized and abused by the staff. It seems that the staff is trying to see how far that the women will go to lose weight whatever happens. There is no regard for the women’s mental or physical health. Some women are given what are called vitamins, that clearly are not vitamins.
These women become a sisterhood of women determined to escape, and get their revenge.
I appreciate that the author describes the importance of adult behavior on children, and also discusses the importance of self-worth, self-acceptance, sisterhood, friendship, love and hope.
I would recommend this book to those readers who enjoy a thought-provoking book. I received an Advanced Reading Copy from NetGalley for my honest review.