Reading Frenzy

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Next time I'll just have the piece of cake

"The chief excitement in a woman's life is spotting women who are fatter than she is." ~ Helen Rowland

JUST DESSERTS by Patti Massman and Susan Rossman

Did I really order this? It did show up on my desk at the library under my request, so I had to have gotten the title from someone......After a week of reading about Nazis and infidelity and betrayal, I figured, what the heck.

Southern Californian housewife Diana Lowe is 50 pounds overweight and saddled with a husband who is repulsed by her--and leaves her for his assistant. Diana, who'd already begun watching her diet when the first notes of marital problems surfaced, cuts fats in earnest and the weight sheds in spite of her addiction to a particular brand of candy bars. Life suddenly changes as she gets down to a size 6 and finds a gorgeous and ravishing new body--she travels to Europe, is courted by a wealthy playboy and a gorgeous masseuse and finds a new career. Does her husband come back? Does she want him or the handsome, successfull, supportive, famous next door neighbor who's been her friend through thick and thin (pun intended). Take a guess.

Library Journal says, "One-dimensional, jet-setting characters, wooden dialog, tedious dissertations on calculating dietary fat, and designer everything make this effort irritating reading, even for fans of the genre." That about covers it.


At 10:41 PM, Anonymous adrienne said...

I could lose 50 pounds. But it doesn't sound like a good diet book, eh? The only reason this isn't a "perfect" chick-lit book is because the main character is not in publishing or journalism.


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