Thursday, 10 July 2014

How to Lose Weight and Alienate People by Ollie Quain


Is there such a thing as the perfect body? Vivian Ward thinks she is in total control of her life. Actually…she’s thirty five, an out-of-work actress who puts more effort into partying than getting good parts, is estranged from her family and emotionally unavailable to her boyfriend. Truth is, the only thing she’s in control of is what’s on her plate... But then she meets movie star Maximilian Fry, who's just as screwed up, and journeys into a world of celebrity even more damaging than the one she was already living in. Will image triumph, or will she realise that some of her answers lie within? A hilarious and thought-provoking novel about self-esteem and the cult of skinny...and what happens when you’re funny about food but the joke starts to wear thin.


A big thank you to Cara at Harlequin for sending me a copy to review.

My Thoughts:

Vivian Ward is an out of work actress who puts more energy into her social life instead of focusing on her career.
But then she meets Maximilian Fry and is thrust into the world of celebrity, but with them both being as messed up as each other, are they ready for the spotlight?

How to Lose Weight an Alienate People is a fast paced read that is likely to resonate with anyone who has ever felt like they've lost control of their life.

Vivian has hit her mid thirties and it seems that her life is spiralling out of control, she's caught up in the minor things and not focusing on the big picture. The truth is, although I related to her at parts, there were times where she annoyed me,
I understood that her past had affected her and I guess it's that bit that won me over.

I loved her boyfriend Luke though and I felt that she wasn't always as nice to him as I could've been.
He was handsome and wonderful, the only thing he was missing, was someone to love him wholeheartedly.

The character I felt for the most though, was Maximilian.
A homosexual man in Hollywood, I loved how Quain, showed the plight that actors who don't fall under 'Hollywoods conventual' are treated.
In fact my hat goes off to Quain for highlighting the way the media applies pressure to stars over everything from their image, to their sexuality.

How to Lose Weight an Alienate People deals with some tough issues but still manages to keep a lightness to it's story with the wonderful humour that Quain shares with readers.

A great read, that seems to offer a glimpse into the real Hollywood!

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