REVIEW: “The Curvy Girls Club” by Michele Gorman

The Curvy Girls Club Book Cover The Curvy Girls Club
Michele Gorman
Chick Lit

A funny, heart-warming story about overcoming the prejudices we hold, no matter where we tip the scales.

When the pounds start falling off Katie, founder and president of London's most popular social club for the calorie-challenged, it seems like a dream come true. But as the overweight stigma recedes and her life starts to change, she faces losing more than the inches around her waist. Everything that's important to her - her closest friends, boyfriend, and acceptance into the club itself - are at stake in a world where thin is the new fat.

I received a copy of The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

The premise of this book was truly fantastic. From the start, you could tell that Gorman was passionate about the subject, and that it was more than just another topic for another book.

When Katie and her friends realise that their weekly weight-loss meetings are making them feel guilty and miserable, they start hitting the town instead. Realising that curvy girls need curve-friendly environments, they do their research and choose activities that have comfy seating or wider doorways. Soon, there are so many people wanting to join in on these activities that the girls start their own club – the Curvy Girls (and Boys) Club.

The women realise that when they’re enjoying the activities, surrounded by fellow curvies, they no longer feel as ‘fat’. In fact, for the first time in a long time, they aren’t self-conscious at all!

As their curvy-girl revolution gains momentum, they start becoming more well known – and then the TV stations get involved.

Throughout this book, the plot developments are unexpected, and intriguing. The fact that these woman are of a size that is now the ‘norm’, whether we like it or not, makes them so much more relatable. As a curvy girl myself, who has always struggled with body image, I heard the ring of truth in the harsh critiques these women were giving themselves daily. Then, as their activities gave them a confidence and happiness that they’d been missing for a long time, I felt both happiness and jealousy.

Refreshingly, this book was about real women, and real emotions. There was no storybook romance, or miracle weight loss. The happy ending wasn’t seeing four skinny women who’d achieved their weight loss goals – the book was about women finding happiness in themselves the way they are, and not beating themselves up for not meeting someone else’s standards of beauty.

The Curvy Girls Club told a story that needed telling, and that I appreciated hearing. I admire Gorman’s dedication to the topic – she has even created a Facebook group for women that shares daily inspiration for curvy ladies.

Women who are brave enough to write about why they are beautiful as they are, and encourage us to ignore the haters are inspiring. Women like Brittany Gibbons, from Brittany, Herself, who are making a living by boosting women up, instead of putting them down, should be celebrated!

I definitely recommend this book, for women of all shapes and sizes. These women are real women, who I see everyday, and who everybody should know and empathise with. You can find yourself a copy here or here. Go! Read it now!!

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  • Olivia

    this looks so good! i love sophie kinsella too, her books are perfect for reading on the train or in the bath. i’m going to see if my library has it 🙂

    • Annabel Krantz

      Great!! I hope they have a copy 🙂 Michele did a great job!

  • Coffee Beans High Heels

    sounds like a great book! i will try it!

    • Annabel Krantz

      Great! I hope you like it 🙂

  • Amberly

    I love the idea behind this book! I’ll have to check it out.

    • Annabel Krantz

      I hope you like it! It was such a great idea for a book 🙂

  • Rebekah

    Sounds like a great read!

    • Annabel Krantz

      Sure was! It was so comforting to read about women who I understood so well!

  • Mia Myrabev

    Love this review and the book sounds like a must read x

    • Annabel Krantz

      Definitely! Check it out, it was a great read 🙂

  • Ruthy T.

    sounds like a great book!

  • Hima

    Definitely checking this out- seems fun! 🙂

    Stopping by from the HCBN group of Facebook, hope you can come say hi too!
    HCxo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

    • Annabel Krantz

      I’ll definitely visit! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Miranda Ronevich

    Great review! It sounds like you really enjoyed it! Such an empowering book!

    • Annabel Krantz

      Thanks! It was a fun, positive book 🙂

  • Deidre || Love, The Skinnys

    I feel like this is a book I would really enjoy.

    • Annabel Krantz

      It was a really positive read 🙂 You should check it out!

  • Trisha Sheflo Brantingham

    Looks like a good book! I’ll definitely be adding it to my list!

    • Annabel Krantz

      Glad to be adding to your ‘To Read’ list – hope it’s still at a manageable length! :p

    • Annabel Krantz

      Great! I hope you enjoy it.

  • Shipra Taneja

    Sounds like an amazing read! Thanks for sharing – adding to my Summer reading list! <3

    • Annabel Krantz

      Great! Glad you like the sound of it – hope you like it!

  • Leanna Ranieri

    Looks like a great read!

  • Lyssadawson

    what a fun book!! Thanks for the info! I love finding new books to read!

    • Annabel Krantz

      You’re welcome! This was definitely a fun read 🙂

  • Jemma Andrew

    Sounds like a great book. Love that it was based on real women too. 🙂

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  • Emily

    What a wonderful social stance – gotta love it! Great review too!

    • Annabel Krantz

      I agree, it’s awesome to read body-positive books like this!

  • Kate @ Another Clean Slate

    I love chick lit and if Sophie Kinsella gave her stamp of approval then I am sold!

    • Annabel Krantz

      Yup, if the Queen of Chick Lit gives it a thumbs up, who are you to resist?! :p

  • Laura Elizabeth

    That sounds so awesome! I love books about loving yourself.

    • Annabel Krantz

      Me too! The characters feel more ‘real’ when they have the same issues as me!