Monday, February 24, 2014

How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker ARC Review

How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love
by Ken Baker
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Expected Publication: April 22nd, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

"Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word—"fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.

Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her "momager" signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family's financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

4 out of 5 stars
*ARC provided for an honest review*

Snarky, smart ass, and cynical; Emery is the kind of girl you are but secretly wish you weren't. Emery is fat, as she so refers to herself as. Her mother, father, and sister are all skinny and close to perfect, at least to the naked eye. Emery is just different. She loves fries and burgers and sees nothing wrong with that, but the world does; and they have no problem letting her know it.

Her mother becomes obsessed with creating a family brand and getting them all onto reality television despite Emery's complete objection to it. She's soon swayed by family issues and is signed up to lose fifty pounds in fifty days for all the world to see. She's thrust into a life she never imagined she'd have.
The story is her televized journey to getting skinny, famous, falling madly in love and everything in between.

This was a very relatable and realistic story that I found myself reading and finishing with ease. It can speak to any girl of any age on any level. There are some heavy issues dealt with in this novel and despite their seriousness it doesn't take away from how enjoyable this novel was. It's one of those novels you read and share with a sister or close friend. You'll enjoy it and learn something all at the same time.

Not to mention I loved the writing style. I have a thing for humorless humor, the kind of jokes that are not meant to be funny but are. A lot of that comes out of Emery's mouth. I loved her character, and her boyfriend Ben is adorable. There are many reasons to like this story and I'm sure it will appeal to a variety of readers for all the right reasons.


  1. ah this sounds fun!

    em @

    1. I actually really enjoyed it. You should check it out!