The Curvy Girls Club by Michelle Gorman

Just imagine living in a world where looks didn't matter. Would it be a better or worse place?


Title - The Curvy Girls Club
Author - Michelle Gorman 
Publication Date - 15th January 2015
Publisher - Avon UK
Format - eBook (Provided via NetGalley)
Pages - 400

The blurb

Pixie, Ellie, Kate and Jane have been best friends since meeting at Slimming World. Tired of being judged on the number of calories they consume, they decide to form a different kind of club. The fun evenings they spend together, not worrying about their size, make them happier than they've been for years!

But the club doesn't stop real life from getting the way and together the girls have to address some much bigger issues than just their weight...

Will Pixie ever be brave enough to leave her abusive husband Trevor? Can Jane ever regain her confidence and go back to work as a TV presenter? Will Katie always carry a torch for the office lothario? And if Ellie lets her all-consuming jealousy destroy her relationship with 'The One'? 

Becca's thoughts

Firstly, I'd like to say a super big thank you to the publishers Avon UK for providing me with a digital copy of The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. And also, another thank you to the author Michele Gorman. This was a fantastic read, and I feel all the more better for reading it. 

The Curvy Girls Club is the first book which I have read by Michele Gorman. As I progressed through the book, one thought kept flashing back at me in my mind. "How the hell haven't I read anything from this woman before?!?" I loved her style, her smooth, easy flow that she had going on, and of course, the constant feeling of being in the midst of a very lovely group of friends. Michele introduces us to Katie, Pixie, Ellie and Jane, four bubbly, cheery women. Their story begins during a Slimming World meeting, and Pixie, the loud one, announces that she no longer wants to attend Slimming World. She explains that she's sick of the calorie-counting and the waistline-watching, and together, the women decide to still get together, but to do something else, something fun. From that, an idea blossoms into The Curvy Girls Club, and before they know it, Katie, Ellie, Jane and Pixie are being joined by curvy girls and men from all over the place. 

Michele's characters were sensational, and I took a particular liking to Katie, who just happened to be who's narrative the book sticks to as the story progresses. Each of the women had their own difficulties going on in life, which gave it a busy, exciting atmosphere that I never once grew tried of. There was always something fabulous to look forward to! Katie was such an endearing person. As all of the women were, she was on a mission to lose weight. Being bullied because of her weight when she was younger, Katie mocked herself with the words 'fat Katie' and was constantly aware of the fact that she was a bigger woman. Pixie was, in the nicest way possible, the loud one! She wasn't afraid to say what she thought, and I got the impression that she was most definitely not a pushover! Pixie's own life besides Slimming World was one that wasn't easy to deal with. Issues between herself and her husband began to really take their toll on Pixie as the story moved forward, and I could see it practically weighing her down. At times, Pixie could be sharp and it came across as meanness, but there was all good reason for this. She was stressed and angry, and it was completely understandable. Ellie, another of the lovely ladies, was adorable, if a little suspicious of her perfect boyfriend Thomas. After Thomas begins spending a lot of time with his best friend, who just happens to be a female, Ellie can't contain her suspicion any longer and pulls Katie in on the mission to find out what's going on. And last but by no means least, Jane. Jane is one of those dieters who are always looking for the next diet pill or piece of magic to help lose the pounds. When she finally finds one that seems to be working, her friends become worried and try to decide what the best course of action is, before it's too late.

There was so much going on in this book, it was impossible to put it down and turn away from it. I felt completely and utterly involved in how the four women's lives were going to play out, and worried about each of them equally. It didn't take long for me to regard the women as my own friends, and their well-being became important to me. With all of this going on, and while I was completely hooked, problems arose in the plot that gripped me even further. The Curvy Girls Club was a chaos of real-life issues dealt with in the most ladylike way, involving four of the most lovely, genuine women I've ever met. Weight was a major theme within this book, and it really opened my eyes to how much what we see can deceive us. Appearance isn't everything, and I think the journey that Katie, Ellie, Jane and Pixie are taken on, in the end, proves that to them. 

I loved this book. Truly, truly loved it. It was not only funny and charming, but I feel like I've learnt a valuable lesson from it. Life does not revolve around your appearance, it's the person inside who counts. Becca's Books is rating The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman with four gorgeous cupcakes! The perfect girly read to curl up with, with a hot mug of tea in the other hand! 




       


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