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Posted April 29, 2014
I read this book and loved it!!!! I could not put it down. I could not wait to find out what happened next! Struggled with all our book club
suggestions and this one was a breeze. I could relate to many things and places in the book. Hope she writes a sequel. It is definitely a
great book club book to discuss or just a book to relax and enjoy. Great job Eileen!!!!
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Posted June 21, 2014
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These two should be polar opposites and should not find anything attractive in the other, but after a few chance encounters they can't seem to get away from each other, but their professionals are definitely conflicting.
The quick romance threw me for a loop and it definitely moved to the bedroom fast and I was nervous that there was going to be nowhere to go, but the author turned the story on its head at the right moment and I loved how it concluded. Another story that took the reader behind the scenes of celebrity which I always love!
Posted June 10, 2014
Posted May 20, 2014
This is the best beach read of 2014. When my friends ask me to recommend a book for their vacation I'll tell them about this one. Palma's characters, Jack and Kate are endearing and I was cheering them on every step of the way as the drama built and built. I hope Palm will write a sequel because I'd follow them anywhere. It combines what I love best, comedy and romance in New York City. Palma is very clever in keeping the action going.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2014
Worth the Weight by Eileen Palma deserves five stars in the Michelin Guide to romantic comedy. Told in alternating male/female viewpoints, it can be gobbled like a wonderful dessert on first read, but subsequent readings provide food for thought.
Here's the "skinny." Jack Moscowitz is the CEO of Considerable Carriages, a company which makes strollers and car seats for overweight kids. Kate Richards is a children's fitness guru whose TV program showcases healthy diet and exercise. As the book opens, Kate excoriates Jack's company in a television interview, claiming that it abets childhood obesity. When the two meet he conceals his identity and the comedy of errors begins. (Dog lovers will relish that Jack and Kate are first brought together by their pets, Diesel and Sarah Jessica Barker.)
Palma demonstrates intimate knowledge of New York City and of pop culture as Jack pursues Kate in his brownstone, her apartment, and in places of interest like Chelsea Pier and the New York City Trapeze School, where he takes Kate on a date to impress her. Descriptions of the food - healthy choices except when Kate the fitness expert dips French fries into her milk-shake- are also fun. Quirky characters like Mrs. Fink, the Jewish matchmaker who tries to micromanage Kate's love life, and Lauren, Jack's 12 year old niece, whose strategic tactics help unite the couple, add humor. And there is sex aplenty to keep the pages turning. Yet this is more than a romp. Both Jack and Kate change and grow as the plot twists and turns toward the reveal of Jack's true identity and Kate's painful past. Although its tone is lighthearted, Worth the Weight carries no empty calories and is well worth your time.
Posted May 12, 2014
“Children are so FAT today. Isn’t there some way we can make money off that?” –Agnes from The Simpsons
Well, that’s exactly what Jack is hoping to do with his invention—extra large seats for heavier children. Did he not see the issue with that?
Kate Richards was the official spokesperson for KidFit, a T.V. talk show against childhood obesity. Technically, she was also banking on the little fatties. She is considered Jack’s nemesis, but the two can’t help but feel an instant attraction to each other. The two had a great, effervescent chemistry that was often youthful and klutzy. Their whole interlude read like a high school episode with two love-obsessed teenagers. Still, the moments when they talked and connected felt genuine, albeit a little sappy sometimes. But you figure that with all the things that they both have to deal with in their lives (Jack looking after his niece while her dad is in Afghanistan and Kate rushing to pay off some bookie to save her father), it was a comfort to know that they could confide and be there for each other.
Of course, no romance can stay perfect without a little conflict messing things up. In this case, Jack wasn’t honest about who he was—owner of the fat carriage company she’s been publicly bashing—before getting tangled up in the sheets with the woman. It’s like two people with opposing political views. How can anyone make that work? I guess it’s easy when all they could think about was sex. I must say some scenes were a little lascivious.
But political views have a way of creating war. Suddenly, both sides are firing at each other amidst the chaos of the sleazy paparazzi. I must say that the media turning up the heat and shaking things up made the plot more interesting. What better way to turn their world upside down? Will the pair be able to figure a way out of this mess? Can they save their careers or risk losing everything for love?
Sprinkled with light-hearted humor, Worth the Weight is a sweet, contemporary romance that paralleled similarities to the book/movie Must Love Dogs. Even with the zany dating advice from the eccentric group of characters, it was ultimately the dogs that hooked these two up. Also, Kate reminded me a great deal of Diane Lane with her awkward sensitivity and shyness. To be perfectly honest, I only saw the movie once (never read the book) and thought that it was an okay story, and Worth the Weight felt like a rehash of the same story but with a media-frenzy twist. In fact, that little twist made it better. It was interesting to see the nutty side of fabricated headlines, flashing cameras, and emergency PR work. I was actually curious to see how it would turn out (even though I had a good guess.)
So if you love dogs and quirky romances, this is the book for you.
Posted May 5, 2014
In her debut novel, Worth the Weight, author Eileen Palma weaves an entertaining romantic comedy that follows the unexpected romance between two nemeses who are at opposite ends of the social issues of child fitness and childhood obesity.
Jack Moskowitz is the CEO of Considerable Carriages, a company that builds strollers and car seats for large children. Kate Richards is the television host for KidsFit and the author of kid-friendly diet cookbooks. Jack and Kate meet at the local dog park in NYC, and while Jack knows who Kate is ... his nemesis, Kate doesn't know who Jack is. Jack's identity is kept hidden when his niece Lauren steps in and provides Kate with a phony last name. Jack is determined to dig up dirt on his nemesis, but as they get to know each other attraction builds and an unexpected romantic relationship develops, but is it worth the weight when opposites attract, and the truth of the mistaken identity rises to the surface?
Worth the Weight is a delightful romantic comedy that kept me in stitches and thoroughly entertained. Set in NYC, the author provides the reader with a fast paced romantic tale that takes them on a fun romp through the city that never sleeps with richly descriptive references of local landmarks. The reader is easily drawn into Jack and Kate's story as they unexpectedly fall in love through one sly little girl's intervention, even though they are on the opposite sides of a touchy social issue, childhood obesity. I loved the witty dialogue, the humorous romantic chaos and dramatic tension between Kate and Jack, and the inclusion of their pet dogs Sarah Jessica Barker and Diesel, and the quirkiness of the secondary characters.
Worth the Weight is a lighthearted story has a little bit of everything: humor, romance, drama, tension, and a subtle message on the awareness of the social issue concerning childhood obesity. This is an easy read that will keep the reader laughing-out-loud and entertained on a lazy spring/summer afternoon.
Posted April 30, 2014
I recently read this book by Eileen Palma & it is a delightful read. With a writing style that is enjoyable and reminiscent of some of my favorite authors (Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin etc) this was the type of book that I had a hard time putting down.
Though categorized as a romance, I found Worth the Weight to be so much more. It was a really fun story that moved at just the right pace. No "romance" would be complete without sex scenes, and Palma's book was no exception. However, unlike your typical cheesy scenes, these were steamy while managing to remain tasteful. The character development left you genuinely liking and rooting for the characters, and I found myself experiencing their emotions right along with them. I also enjoyed the setting in NYC. She wrote it in such a way that I imagined myself walking around with the characters, seeing the brownstones and parks.
I would definitely recommend this book for someone who is looking for a great read.