I came to this book looking for an emotional boost to my dieting efforts. Unfortunately, Ms Spencer’s world is so different from mine that I didn’t get much out of large chunks of the book and, indeed, I nearly gave up half-way through. Perhaps I’m not the target audience?
Ms Spencer is a fashion editor who also has well-formed views on the food and diet industries. She advocates the idea that women (and, presumably, men) should ‘get real’ about their bodies, adopt healthy, natural eating practices and keep active. All of this, I understood. Being a fashion editor, she also wrote a lot about fashion and clothes and shoes. And that’s where I got lost. Basically, she has tried to point the reader towards fashion tricks that will flatter a natural figure and help the wearer to feel good about herself. Unfortunately, my knowledge of and interest in fashion just isn’t up to the job. I also found that many of the references to ‘A listers’ flew away over my head before I could try and decipher their meaning.
That said, this was still a motivating read which I’d recommend to women with a few pounds to lose – and an interest in fashion.