THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DIETGIRL by Shauna Reid
“It made me think about how much time I spend fretting about my body.В This bit is too big, that bit is too blobby, that bit is too ugly, that bit’s just plain wrong.В Being so paranoid and critical is exhausting.В Who’s to say what’s normal anyway?В Why can’t I appreciate what I’ve got?”
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky (APR 16, 2009)
Shauna Reid’s The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl is a heartfelt account of her battle to say goodbye forever to her Bonds Cottontails Full Briefs, size 24. At her largest, Reid weighed over three hundred and fifty pounds; her self-esteem was zero. This candid and witty book is written in diary form and is based on a blog that Reid posted on the Internet over a number of years. Shauna recounts her unhappy childhood growing up in a dysfunctional family on a farm in New South Wales, Australia. Her Mum was a Weight Watchers leader who made food an issue and helped set the stage for Shauna’s binges that, unfortunately, grew in frequency and intensity. Her compulsive overeating led to shame, self-loathing, and bouts of severe depression.
Reid, who is a pretty and talented redhead, had to struggle not only to shed over one hundred and seventy pounds, but also to entertain the hope that she could someday feel fulfilled and proud of herself. Luckily, she is blessed with a loyal and loving sister, Rhiannon, who has been a source of unconditional love and support in good times and bad. Without her sister’s constant cheerleading, it is unlikely that Shauna would have had the strength to overcome her demons.
The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl is not a weight-loss primer filled with healthful recipes and exercises, although Reid does describe the eating and exercise regimens that helped her shed weight gradually. This is a delightfully fast-paced and breezy memoir in which the author traces her journey to emotional and financial independence. We share her excitement when she finally achieves her goals of traveling around Europe, making new friends, and even finding romance. Readers will applaud Reid’s honesty, laugh at her self-deprecating humor, and admire her determination to become physically and mentally fit in spite of setbacks that would have discouraged a less resilient individual. Finally, after three hundred and thirty-three weeks of ups and downs, Shauna is able to look at herself in the mirror and approve of what she sees: “The true reward is finding peace and acceptance and embracing my own skin, with all its quirks and charms.”
|AMAZON READER RATING:||from 57 readers|
|PUBLISHER:||Avon (December 2008 in PB)|
|AVAILABLE AS A KINDLE BOOK?||Not Yet|
|AUTHOR WEBSITE:||Shauna Reid|
|MORE ON MOSTLYFICTION:||no|