25 February 2012

150 Pounds by Kate Rockland

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In the fast paced life of blogging, two women stand out: Alexis Allbright, of Skinny Chick, and Shoshana Weiner, who writes Fat and Fabulous. Both have over five million loyal readers. Both are hungry for success. But the similarities stop there.
With over 100 pounds on the scale separating them, weight isn't their only difference. Alexis is a loner who is so bitchy the only person who can stand her company is her gay best friend Billy. She gives neurotic New Yorkers a run for their money with her strict daily workout routine, and weighing of food. Shoshana is Alexis’s opposite. Living in Jersey with rowdy roommates, she is someone who “collects friends,” as her mother puts it; and treasures a life of expanding circles...and waistlines.

When both appear as panelists on a popular talk show, their lives intersect in ways neither could have imagined. In turns comedic, heartwarming--and familiar to any woman who's ever stepped on a scale--Alexis and Shoshana realize they have far more in common than either could have possibly imagined, and more importantly, something to offer.


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

150 Pounds touched a personal issue for me. I may not have been affected by my weight but I do know what it's like to look at magazines and movie stars and wish I looked like them, I know all about insecurities. I was that girl. Kate Rockland has approached delicate, controversial and highly important topics - Weight, Appearance, Self-Image and Confidence - and handled them with tact and class.

150 Pounds is the story of two highly successful bloggers - Alexis Allbright of Skinny Chick and Shoshana Weiner of Fat and Fabulous. As you can guess from the names, Shoshana runs a blog that reaches out to plus-size women and encourages them to feel comfortable in their skin while Alexis' delivers the opposite message - that being overweight/fat isn't okay. A joint appearance on The Oprah Show starts a feud between these two and sets the story in motion.

Let me begin with this - every girl/woman would be able to relate to this book. There may be only two protagonists but believe me, we all have a little bit of Shoshana and Alexis in us. Rockland has created two strong and wonderful characters that're polar opposites and yet have more in common than they realize. This is a book about self-acceptance and getting past ones insecurities that's written in a very humorous and entertaining way.

I loved the Shoshana's larger than life personality, Alexis's strength (despite being so stuck up) and the creative blog posts! 150 Pounds is lovely book - one I strongly recommend to every woman out there.

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