Book Review: Fitness Junkie

Before I even get started, I’d like to mention that I was typing out my review for Girl Up then realized I already wrote that. D’oh. 

So, here I am, writing about the book I meant to write about, Fitness Junkie. And oh my goodness did this book deliver.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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. 

My review:

OH MY GOODNESS! I loved this book to pieces. Though I did read it a little bit slower than previous books, I loved this one. I loved Janey’s character and how she came full circle, I loved the little drama that was happening, I enjoyed reading and seeing how relationships were being formed and how some ended. On top of that I love the little jab at the fitness industry and how their main marketing ploy is to make us feel that we’re inadequate until we reach a specific size or weight. That little undercurrent to this book is what really brings the story full circle; oh and a bruffin.

The only thing that I didn’t like was Beau, but that’s to be expected with the type of character that he is. I felt like the authors could’ve expanded a little bit more on him, but I understand why they didn’t, it’s not his story but Janey’s. 

Overall this is definitely a book I’d recommend to anyone who has an interest in it. It’s one that didn’t initially appeal to me but once I read the synopsis I was intrigued. 

Have you read this book? Are you interested in reading this book?

Thanks for reading,


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