Wow! Fat-shaming, dangers of social media, frenemies, entertaining, riveting, interesting plot with well-developed, impeccable characterization and it’s Jennifer brilliant Weiner book! There’s nothing say more! I’m all in!
Two things I adored about the book:
1) Our MC Daphne, her struggles, family relations, her inner securities and her fight against self-loathing, learning to self-respect, turning it into a shining, growing, successful business opportunity. Yes, she is social media influencer, she’s smart, she is beautiful, she is powerful, she is strong.
2) Intriguing progression of the story, unexpected twist makes you feel like the rug pulled out from under you and genre’s whirlwind change. Yes, ladies and gentleman, first part of the book is women’s fiction and chic lit and it is totally branded Jennifer Weiner’s writing style but when you reach to the second half, the story turns into a MURDER MYSTERY! I didn’t see it coming and my spidey senses left the building so I left in the dark. And guess what? This mysterious half is also captivating and entertaining. A brilliant author can manage to bring out different tastes to serve her readers and you gotta get ready to devour these delicious parts at one bite. It’s truly worth it!
Let’s take a look at the plot: Our main character Daphne is being humiliated, teased because of her appearance throughout her life. Especially the epic fight with her best wealthy, blonde, skinny, shiny best friend Drue screams her cruel, harsh words which marks a milestone of her youth. ( Because she didn’t belong to the plastic surgery icons’ fake, perfect, selected world. And her family is not rich enough to send her college so she got her scholarship and did her best to adapt with her inner circle didn’t treat her so well.)Daphne gathers her wits and turns her insecurities, years of humiliation into a career opportunity and she becomes a social media influencer! But her mean girls’ Broadway musical cast choice Drue connects with her after six years of silence. And she wants her to her maid of honor( seems like being Cruella didn’t give much power to her throughout the years! Now she’s seeing a therapist and trying to make things right!) and she even offers her money so biased and bribed Daphne finally accepts the offer. And then? I’m stopping right there because that’s the part the story is going to the different direction. You gotta read ASAP to learn more juicy details.
The only thing that really irritated me about the book, the over emphasizing Daphne’s wright at each chapters, comments of the people she related or connected, her inner thoughts! At some parts I want to stop reading and screaming: “Oh come on! Why is she only defined by her weight as if she should be shunned! Being overweight is not a disease! It can increase the risk of so many health problems but being unhappy kills you faster than the fat surround your bodies! It’s a fact! Eat carbs, chocolate and drink wine! Just be happy and stop judging yourself! Even supermodels have anxiety crisis and feel themselves ugly! Everything ends in your mind!”
Weiner’s approach to the social media and the way she manifests threatening harsh comments’ dangerous effect on the people’s psychology are brilliant but I think she didn’t treat fair to her MC.
I loved her subject choices but I didn’t like some of her point of views and expressions. So I’m cutting one and half points and giving 3.5 starts (of course I’m rounding them up 4 because it’s still amazing reading)
An entertaining, riveting, though-provoking, hilarious, questioning, well-written novel is highly recommended to be at your beach bag!
Special thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books , dear Ariele Fredman for sharing this enjoyable page-turner ARC with me in exchange my honest review. I always have memorable time when I read one of my favorite authors’ novels.
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