Fitness Junkie - Lucy Sykes, Jo Piazza | ARC Review

Book Details:
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Publication: Doubleday

Release Date: July 11, 2017
How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada
Rating: 2/5 


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.


I was really excited for Fitness Junkie but once I started reading it didn't end up being as entertaining, interesting or that funny, which was really disappointing. I felt there was unnecessary explanations and over explanations at times but at different points of the book I felt there wasn't enough information provided and that it was rushed. I expected this book would be funny and lean towards similarities to the movie adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada but it ended up being more like the book instead.

Fitness Junkie follows a few character and their many different relationships with fitness but we mainly follow Janey, the CEO of B, a couture wedding dress company. Janey and her best friend and business partners, Beau, have been dominating the couture wedding industry together until she's blindsided by her so-called best friend to take time off to lose weight before she destroys the image of the company.

Janey's had a rough year, her father died and she separated from her husband and her weight has, apparently, caught up to her from over indulging in delicious foods. Janey has never had to watch her weight due to a great metabolism but after being caught by paparazzi eating a bruffin front row at a fashion show, Beau demands Janey to lose some weight before destroying Bs image and before being able to continue as Bs CEO. Janey is caught off guard and doesn't know anything other than work so to get back to work ASAP she ends up trying a whole lot of fitness fads and spending big money for workout passes and classes.

Following the rich, and their many hours dedicated to their health and fitness, Fitness Junkie has its laughs, relatable social media addictions and jabs at fitness fads, like eating clay instead of food (I don't know if this is a real fitness fad but I really hope not!), Free the Nipple yoga and being verbally assaulted whiling spinning. 

This wasn't one of my favourite reads this year but if you're looking for an easy read that pokes fun at fads and pop culture, I'd recommend Fitness Junkie. Mostly if you were already eyeing this title I'd say give it a try. Go in without any expectations and enjoying it for what it is.


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