Fitness Junkie

Fitness Junkie

by Lucy Sykes, Jo Piazza

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ISBN-13: 9780385541800
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

LUCY SYKES has worked in the fashion industry consulting for top designers Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren as a spokesperson for TJMaxx becoming the The First Maxxinista on a nationwide commercial. Lucy worked as on staff fashion editor at Town and Country and Allure magazine. For six years Lucy was the fashion director at Marie Claire magazine, and was most recently fashion director for Rent the Runway. She has appeared on fashion segments for Good Morning America and The Today Show. Her own children's clothing line, Lucy Sykes New York, was sold in more than a hundred department stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Nordstrom. Together with her twin sister Plum, Lucy moved from London to New York City in 1996, where she now lives with her husband and two sons.
 
JO PIAZZA is an award-winning reporter and editor who has written for the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Daily News, New York Magazine, Glamour, Marie Claire, Elle and Salon. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Fox News, the BBC and MSNBC. She received a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia, a master’s degree in Religious Studies from NYU, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed If Nuns Ruled the World, Celebrity Inc: How Famous People Make Money, and How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and their giant dog.

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Fitness Junkie: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had a blast reading this book. It was filled with sass and snark, and characters who were smart, witty and funny. And the characters had very distinct, very entertaining personalities; I was never bored reading about them. I also loved that this book felt like a sarcastic ode to our society’s obsession with health and fitness, taking a crack at the insane extremes some people will go to to fit the mold. Perhaps this might offend or irritate some readers, but I found it to be hilarious. You’ve got to be able to laugh at yourself, right? But despite all of the snark and sass, there was an honesty to these characters that felt authentic. They’re all searching for their true selves, which they seemed to have lost along the way (well, maybe except Beau), and I think everyone can relate to that on some level. I’m definitely recommending this one to friends!
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I had a blast reading this book. It was filled with sass and snark, and characters who were smart, witty and funny. And the characters had very distinct, very entertaining personalities; I was never bored reading about them. I also loved that this book felt like a sarcastic ode to our society’s obsession with health and fitness, taking a crack at the insane extremes some people will go to to fit the mold. Perhaps this might offend or irritate some readers, but I found it to be hilarious. You’ve got to be able to laugh at yourself, right? But despite all of the snark and sass, there was an honesty to these characters that felt authentic. They’re all searching for their true selves, which they seemed to have lost along the way (well, maybe except Beau), and I think everyone can relate to that on some level. I’m definitely recommending this one to friends!
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
What a great story about losing weight and dieting. Then, the final straw, did Janey really and truly "need" to lose weight? This was a very fun, entertaining and often times hilarious read that I found enjoyable. I could not believe all the different workout routines that are being offered these days. Some of them I just had to laugh at, the routine and the people doing them. Ha. Her friend from college, Beau, needs to be taken to the woodshed. The funniest part was her fitness bracelet, a character all in itself, showing up and speaking up at the oddest and most humiliating times. I definitely had fun and was entertained reading this book. Thanks to Doubleday Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest unbiased review.
TenaMouse More than 1 year ago
I won this ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway - A snarky story about a rich business woman who is told she needs to lose weight and her journey to do so.
EPClark More than 1 year ago
The CEO of a couture bridal company, Janey is forced by her partner/best friend to go on leave when she is photographed eating (gasp!) in public, and told she can't return to work till she loses thirty pounds. Bored and desperate, she plunges into the world of fad diets and fitness crazes. What results is an "Ab Fab"-like send-up of Manhattan fashion trends, as Janey tries everything from topless yoga to eating clay, until she discovers the dark side to all this conspicuous consumption of so-called healthy, wellthy leaving. Like "Ab Fab," a lot of the story is taken up with goofy, over-the-top, up-to-the-minute trendiness that walks a fine line between keen social satire and just plain name-dropping. There are the expensive clothes and overpriced foods you'd expect in a Manhattan women's fiction novel, but there is a lot less gratuitous wallowing and a lot more gently cutting critique--this is neither fantasy fulfillment nor a brutal takedown of modern moneyed society, but a story of a woman who really does want to enjoy herself and get healthy, but can't help but see the absurdity of the excesses around her. The situations Janey finds herself are grounded with enough realism that they elicit chuckles of recognition from the reader, not eye-rolls. Janey's character, both similar and different from your standard women's fiction heroine, is a large part of what makes this book work. She's forty, childless, and in the process of divorce, but she's not desperate about any of that. The heiress to a major corporation and a successful businesswoman in her own right, Janey is used to power and influence, and instead of throwing it around like a cliche of a woman in charge, or going crazy with her sudden freedom from responsibility, Janey acts (most of the time) like a mature, sensible woman, one who enjoys talking about business with potential boyfriends and helping out younger women trying to make it in the business world. Janey's most significant relationship, as she comes to discover over the course of the novel, is with her partner Beau, who is charming and talented and utterly self-centered. Their "breakup" adds a level of poignancy to stories of bruffins, $23 cups of juice, and 4am sober raves, and helps underline the softly feminist message of the novel, which is that it's okay to be forty, female, and even a little bit of the "f" word, but it's not okay to let other people push you around and string you along. An extremely enjoyable novel with plenty of fun fluff and even a little meat on its bones, too. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
runnergirl83 14 days ago
This one caught my eye at the library honestly because of the bright pink cover (my favorite color!)and it's title: Fitness Junkie. I love to workout so I had to pick it up off the shelf and see what it was about. Janey, is the CEO of a wedding dress company. After getting photographed eating in the front row at a fashion show, her business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: she has to loose 30 pounds in order to keep her job. The idea that someone would have to lose weight in order to keep their job is utterly ridiculous. Though I could see that happening to someone who is a model, which is awful. Anyway, without that ridiculous concept, you can't have what was a fun book. I wanted to slap Beau, her business partner, who was the one who suggested she had to lose the weight, as she was the face of their company. Such a snake! He wasn't even the boss or owner of the company, he was the co-owner with her. The different diets that she comes across in this book were just amusing. The clay diet where you only ate clay. The butter diet. Yes, butter. Ugh. The all-white diet where you could only eat white foods. Janey goes on her fitness journey, and soon meets Sarah Strong who is is currently doing a workout that is just called "The Workout" which is the latest rage as it's all hush hush to try to find the location and get into. I like as Janey moves from the beginning of the book from going to try to lose the weight from that snake Beau's advice, to growing through the book and eventually being comfortable in her own skin. Heads up, she doesn't need to lose weight! I think there were a couple other books by these authors at the library when I picked this one up, I will definitely be reading those down the road sometime too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of your hopes, feelings, and dreams go through the characters. I related to multiple characters and in the end realized that I am happiest being me, not trying to be someone else or live up to others opinions.