The Curvy Girls Club

The Curvy Girls Club

4.4 14
by Michele Gorman
Where Confidence is the New Black.

Fed up with always struggling to lose weight, best friends Katie, Ellie, Pixie and Jane start a social club where size doesn't matter. It soon grows into London's most popular club - a place to have fun instead of counting carbs - and the women find their lives changing in ways they never imagined.

But outside the club, life


Where Confidence is the New Black.

Fed up with always struggling to lose weight, best friends Katie, Ellie, Pixie and Jane start a social club where size doesn't matter. It soon grows into London's most popular club - a place to have fun instead of counting carbs - and the women find their lives changing in ways they never imagined.

But outside the club, life isn't as rosy.

"This is a delightful book of friendship, acceptance, and belonging for anyone who has ever wondered: "What if?"" Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly
Gorman’s novel is a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming tale of four “curvy” friends who are sick of spending their time stressing over every bite of food, and who decide to take back control by organizing a social group they call “The Curvy Girls Club.” The heroine is Katie Winterbottom; prior to the formation of The Curvy Girls Club she spent her days cold calling pharmacies while working at a call center and also unsuccessfully lusting after a colleague. Her nights were occupied with attending weight-loss meetings and generally feeling bad about herself. That all begins to turn around after Katie and her three friends, Jane, Ellie, and Pixie decide to ditch the weight-loss meetings and start a social club, where feeling good about yourself and your curves is the main motto. However, once Katie begins to lose weight unexpectedly, she’s faced with the possibility of a drastic change to the life she’s made for herself. This is a delightful book of friendship, acceptance, and belonging for anyone who has ever wondered: “What if?” (BookLife)

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Meet the Author

Michele Gorman is the author of several best-selling romantic comedies including The Curvy Girls Club, Single in the City and Bella Summer Takes a Chance. Born and raised in the US, Michele now lives in London and is overly fond of most baked goods, long naps, and a cold glass of rosé.

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The Curvy Girls Club 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
Well, there was no racy, steamy adult scenes or murder mysteries to solve… but I really, really liked this book. I am a curvy girl so I could relate to this book and the emotions that came with this book. There were times I wanted to scream, yell, kick, and wring someone’s neck (and it’s well deserved!) I love the concept of the Curvy Girls Club and would love to find one or create one where I live because the whole concept is amazing! The basis of the entire story is 100% spot on and 100% truth. I would venture to say that mainly women would prefer this book (and you certainly do not need to be curvy to enjoy it), but I think there are some men who would enjoy this too (and spoiler alert, one of the main members to the Curvy Girls Club is a male!) I would definitely recommend this book to all! PS: It was quite fun to read a book based in London! I enjoyed learning new terminology!
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
I wonder if anyone really realizes how "curvy" women and men feel--how totally insecure--how angry. I know I have been curvy most of my life and it gets real old real quick when people tell you "what a pretty face you have--but don't you think you could lose a few pounds?" It is actually the same for women and men who are too skinny. Most times it is the constant yo yo dieting that keeps us heavy--but we all keep trying, sometimes to our detriment. Well in this novel that hit home a bit too close for me. 4 curvy friends decide to quit a skinny club and start one of their own where everyone could possibly feel better about themselves. All four of these friends have psychological problems due mostly to their body image and it shows in the way they react to others. When one of them suddenly loses weight for no apparent reason suddenly she is made to feel bad about it! Now there is a medical reason--and all does work out happily in the end. Prejudice comes in many shapes and sizes--This author has actually started a website called the Curvy Girls Club-which if it gets large enough may actually have meetings etc--however I think that will be in England--but one can always hope! I really did love this novel even if it saddened me a little-there were parts that made me laugh out loud--a 5 STAR for sure.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
The Curvy Girls Club was just the kind of read I needed. I was looking for a light and happy read, and I found that with this book. It's a book about friendship and accepting who you are...and being happy with it.  Katie and her friends have been in a weight loss program for a while, but it just doesn't seem to be giving them the motivation they need to shed the pounds. When friend Pixie decides to leave the group, they decide that they have more fun spending time together, so The Curvy Girls Club is created. It's a social group for the more curvy side of life. They do activities like, cooking lessons, theater shows, and dance lessons.  Throughout the book, we get glimpses of why the girls gained the weight. All very relatable reasons and all situations I could identify with. Katie's story is changing a bit though. She's losing weight rapidly without trying anything new. She comes to find out that there is a medical reason for her weight loss, so while the weight loss was thrilling in the beginning, it becomes a more serious situation for her. And it's also affected her friendships and her relationship with friend, Rob.  I really enjoyed watching all of these characters grow. The ups and downs of weight loss can be tiresome and frustrating. But, this group turned something challenging into something fun. They each had to learn to accept who they are and find happiness with themselves. And love blossoms for a few along the way.  Speaking of love, this book doesn't heavily focus on romance, but it had just enough to satisfy my love story cravings. I adored Rob for Katie. They started as friends and it became something more. Of course, Katie's weight loss posed some challenges for them, but in the end Rob just simply liked Katie for who she was, not what she looked like. I also liked Thomas for Ellie and Andy for Jane. These guys are all true jems.  Overall, I really enjoyed it. It made me laugh a lot. And as I said above, it was relatable. Women deal with this issue chronically. It's nice when you have friends on the journey with you. If you're looking for a light story about friendship and a dab of romance mixed in, check this one out! Quotes: ~'It's simple really,' he said. 'I like you. I've liked you for years. I know that makes me a pathetically slow mover. After joking about it the other day, the time just seemed right to tell you that.'-Loc 1704 ~I woke the next morning with mood swings that made Naomi Campbell look like she just suffered a bit from PMS. One minute I convinced myself that redundancy was an opportunity. The Curvy Girls Club was my future, not nutritional supplements. Now I might have the chance to pursue that. Hurrah, elation! The next  minute I saw looming mortgage payments carving great chunks out of my dwindling bank balance. Boo, paralyzing fear and dejection.-Loc 3854
Anonymous 12 months ago
Cute, entertaining and a fast read.
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
Initially I was drawn to this book because of the cover. It really spoke to me and the idea of a story where all of the major characters are plus sized was very intriguing to me. I love a story where the characters are not Hollywood starlet material living cookie-cutter perfect lives. The more flaws within the characters, the better. The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman delivers a fun but also very hard hitting story of a quartet of friends who are struggling with their weight and what happens when they decide to stop beating themselves up over being plus sized and start loving and accepting themselves for who they are. After a night out where Katie and her friends discover that finding fun venues and activities for the weight challenged is harder than they thought, Katie decides to start a club for overweight people to attend social events and mingle. Unfortunately for Katie, she learns that prejudice and bias travels on a two-way street when she begins to rapidly lose weight. I love how this story reminds us to treat people the way we want to be treated. Katie experiences this first-hand when her friends begin to treat her differently and Katie finds her position as president as well as a member of The Curvy Girls Club is in jeopardy. Though I did not agree with the way Katie’s friends appeared to turn on her, I understood why they felt the way they did. I admired Katie’s spirit and her willingness to fight for what she believes in. Michele Gorman addresses the issue of women battling their weight and the many pitfalls we encounter with diets with a high degree of class, grace and humor. The story is a quick read and I had a hard time putting it down. I was so intrigued by The Curvy Girls Club and what was going on in Katie’s life, I was filled with a high level of anticipation waiting to find out. My Final Verdict: You don’t have to be overweight or struggling to maintain your ideal weight to read this book and enjoy it. This story will appeal to women of all ages and sizes and is a good reminder to stop focusing on the outside. Until we can love and accept ourselves for who we are on the inside, we will continue to fight a losing battle. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Curvy Girls Club from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Four friends who may tip the scale meet during a slim down class/workshop and decide that the negativity in the class is not working, but they really enjoy each other's company - and The Curvy Girls Club is formed. Although Katie narrates the book and is the main character, the author geniusly provides the back stories for the other girls in the club.  I loved hearing how each of them got to the size they are, how they have tried to get the weight off and just generally their stories.  Once the club is created, which is early on in the story, the reader gets to slip into a fantastic story about prejudices against weight and the way people look and how far our society needs to go to accept people just as they are.  I loved that this book took place, in social settings, the workplace, schools and beyond - it encompassed every spot that a person can feel belittled or undervalued. I am a Michele Gorman fan and this book tops the list for me.  I laughed, I cried and I wouldn't mind a sequel!
amberjy25 More than 1 year ago
This was a nice light, cute short read. I enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put ths book down !!!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman is a weighty story, the tale of 4 girls and a guy or two. Katie and her friends Pixie, Ellie and Jane all attend a slimming group but none of them is happy with their results. The final straw comes when they book tickets to go see a film and the chairs are too small for them. In a bid to start accepting themselves for who they are, they start a club called The Curvy Girls Club. Rob, another member of the slimming club, joins them and they start setting up events for the larger person. The club grows and so does a romance between Katie and Rob. But Katie has always lusted after Alex, one of her bosses, and when he starts paying attention to her, can she resist? The Curvy Girls' lives are about to change, but is it for the better or worse? Can they cope with what life is about to throw at them? The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman was an amazing read. It was laugh-out loud in places and a little bittersweet in others, but I believe that Michele has tackled the issues that those with a bit of spare flesh have to face every day in a fantastic way. It’s a real story with real people living life with real issues, even though it is a novel and it made a change from all the stories that feature stick thin models living lives most of us could only ever dream of. Well done to Michele Gorman; I hope there are more books in the pipeline!
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Could and would make love to a curvy woman all night or all day. From sweet lips on the mouth to sweet lips on the labia
GigiRonnie More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! Witty, entertaining and, yet, insightful and intelligent. I felt like I knew these women. I wanted them for my friends. I felt like I was one with these women. A must read!