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Monday, May 10, 2010
Review - Size 8 in a Size 0 World by Meredith Cagen
Title: Size 8 in a Size 0 World
Author: Meredith Cagen
Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed by: Val
Meet Lindsay Chandler—a 32 year-old New York City working wife and mother with old-fashioned values who thinks she’s living a fairy tale life (she’s not). She's too busy navigating between her job, husband, home, children, friends and other obligations to acknowledge her loneliness. Then an unexpected friendship with her upstairs neighbor (he is smart, successful, sophisticated and sexy— she’s not) unleashes her passion and re-ignites her sparkle.
This liaison causes her to realize what she is missing. Yearning for a storybook ending, she decides to make changes in her life, embarking on a quest for self re-invention in this hilarious, witty, heart felt story.
With all the serious books that I read, Size 0 in a Size 8 world was one that I was ready for. Lindsey, the main character, was so much like me it was pitiful. In this day we are told that being smaller is better and because of that, we find that we are constantly dieting and are not quite good enough. After reading this book I say, nonsense! I enjoyed watching Lindsey become a person who flourished into the woman that she was meant to be, a vibrant woman with curves and a backbone. Lindsey was a woman who took care of everyone else but herself. When she finally does start to take care of herself, her self confidence soars. "The man upstairs" was an excellent character to learn something from, which Lindsey finally did. Sometimes I wanted to say "Lindsey dahling, forget all of those who think you should be one way, you're perfect just the way you are!" I really enjoyed the ending which wrapped everything up rather quickly. I'd love to read a sequel to this book and find out how Lindsey is doing today. I recommend this book to all who love a little bit of chick lit and a whole lot of laughs.
Ms. Cagen writes with a dramatic yet humorous flair on problems that we face every day. This book really did have a Sex in the City feel to it and I enjoyed every minute of it. I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Cagen in the very near future. You did an excellent job with this book Ms. Cagen and please know that I'll be looking out for the next book.