Fitness Junkie

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Title: Fitness Junkie 
Author: Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza 
Pages: 304 
Publishing: July 11th 2017 by Doubleday
ISBN: 0385541805

Synopsis: 

From the bestselling authors of The Knockoff, an outrageously funny novel about one woman's attempt--through clay diets, naked yoga, green juice, and cultish workout classes--to win back her career, save her best friend, and lose thirty pounds.

When Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffin--the delicious lovechild of a brioche and a muffin--her best friend and business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: Lose thirty pounds or lose your job. Sure, Janey has gained some weight since her divorce, and no, her beautifully cut trousers don't fit like they used to, so Janey throws herself headlong into the world of the fitness revolution, signing up for a shockingly expensive workout pass, baring it all for Free the Nipple yoga, sweating through boot camp classes run by Sri Lankan militants and spinning to the screams of a Lycra-clad instructor with rage issues. At a juice shop she meets Jacob, a cute young guy who takes her dumpster-diving outside Whole Foods on their first date. At a shaman's tea ceremony she meets Hugh, a silver fox who holds her hand through an ayahuasca hallucination And at a secret exercise studio Janey meets Sara Strong, the wildly popular workout guru whose special dance routine has starlets and wealthy women flocking to her for results that seem too good to be true. As Janey eschews delicious carbs, pays thousands of dollars to charlatans, and is harassed by her very own fitness bracelet, she can't help but wonder: Did she really need to lose weight in the first place? 

A hilarious send-up of the health and wellness industry, Fitness Junkie is a glorious romp through the absurd landscape of our weight-obsessed culture.


Review: 

Hands down, Fitness Junkie is one of my favorite reads of the year. The main character Janey has spunk, charm, and she's a true girl boss! This novel dives in to the dark world of crash dieting, fad workouts, and food trends that plague our world today. It touched on some pretty important topics about weight and body image, but kept the storyline light and fun. 

I seriously could not put this novel down. Janey is such an amazing character and I kept finding myself wanting to be friends with her in real life. Some of the diets and classes that she attended were so incredibly ridiculous, but it was hysterical because it wasn't that far from the truth. Extreme yoga, juice cleanses, and crazy expensive workout clothes are becoming more and more common and I was so happy that Sykes and Piazza made those ideas seem a little crazy instead of totally normal. I mean, naked yoga?!?!

Fitness Junkie was a fun read that kept me laughing from start to finish. The characters were fun, the story was fast paced, and the ending was neat and tidy. I loved reading it and would highly recommend it to readers who are looking for a good laugh and a novel that makes a little fun of the fitness trends in our world today. 

Rating 5/5 

*Thank you to Doubleday press and Jo Piazza for sending me this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

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