Genre: Chick-Lit, Contemporary
Published: April 2nd 2002 by Atria Books
For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She’s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.
But the day she opens up a national women’s magazine and sees the words “Loving a Larger Woman” above her ex-boyfriend’s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery…and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.
|There are books that outrage me due to purposeful plots that aim to infuriate me and then there are books like this, that just out right infuriate me.
The message behind this book, I believe, was that there is a problem with body shaming women for not being runway model thin and that society feels the need to shame women if they are indeed not. The way plus size is now considered anything a US size 8 and up is ludicrous and I think for the most part everyone agrees [aside from the fashion industry it seems.]
I digress, this book is about Candance “Cannie” Shapiro who has always been a little chubby and bigger than most girls. As an adult, she is 5’10, heavy chested and a size 16. [Not exactly a heavy plus.] She embarks in a relationship three years previous to the books opening and when she decides to tell her boyfriend, Bruce, that they should take a break he decides to write an article for Moxie, a cosmopolitan-esque magazine. The article is about loving a larger woman and is titled Good in bed.
Cannie hears about this second hand, barely reads it and decides to go on a rampage. Confronts Bruce which amounts to nothing and then she begins to attend these meetings for a drug trial to lose weight. In the mean time she actually takes the time to read the article and it’s a touching one, that isn’t at all putting Cannie down as a “fat lady” or by no means degrades her. It is in fact shaming society and its beliefs, she laments the fact she screwed up their relationship and from there the entire book goes down hil – this is barely 100 pages in mind you.
Cannie is a negative individual who is absolutely mean spirited. She is so against body shaming but goes so far as to say:
“I hate skinny people,”
More than once she is caught staring at a skinny person, negative thoughts swirling in her head as she watches them eat a salad or remarks later on how they just ate a salad. How they’re skinny and don’t know what it’s like.
That alone infuriates me, because there are many skinny people out there who struggle to keep weight on, who have underlying health issues and they just want to be normal and healthy. I’ve seen and heard it first hand when someone that has extra weight snorts and remarks about a skinny person [who has a health condition that prevents them from gaining weight.] The truth is… ALL body shaming has to stop. This book didn’t show any of that.
Aside from the distasteful thoughts and remarks on Cannie’s part, her overall disposition was lacking any signs of adulthood. She was more akin to a 12-year-old, pouting, self-pity and mean-spiritedness.
I’m sorely disappointed, I was looking for a light read before diving into a heavier novel. Disappointed and disgusted.
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