Rosemary Goode is smart and funny and loyal and the best eyebrow waxer in Spring Hill, Tennessee. But only one thing seems to matter to anyone, including Rosemary: her weight. And when your mom runs the most successful (and gossipy) beauty shop in town, it can be hard to keep a low profile. Rosemary resolves to lose the weight, but her journey turns out to be about everything but the scale. Her life-changing, waist-shrinking year is captured with brutal honesty and humor, topped with an extra large helping of Southern charm. A truly uncommon novel about an increasingly common problem.
When I flipped through the first few pages of Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding because a fellow book blogger had recommended it to me, I didn’t like. It wasn’t my type of book. When I flipped through the first few pages of Artichoke’s Heart, I miraculously found everything that Bridget Jones’s Diary had promised, but hadn’t delivered to me.
Rosemary really is smart, funny and a ton of fun of read about as she grows within the story. I knew I was going to like this book by the end of the first paragraph. I knew I absolutely loved Suzanne Supplee’s writing style and voice inside this story, and I felt it was clear, precise, fun to read and to the point.
Mother spent $700 on a treadmill “from Santa” that I will never use. I won’t walk three blocks when I actually want to get somewhere, much less run three miles on a strip of black rubber only to end up where I started out in the first place. Aunt Mary gave me two stupid diet books and three tickets for the upcoming conference at Columbia State called “Healing the Fat Girl Within” (I’m sensing a theme here). Normally, I’m not a materialistic sort of person, but let’s just say this was one disappointing Christmas.
This book was pretty awesome. My only major problem with it was that Rosemary didn’t feel like a sixteen year old all the time. I knew she had to be a teenager because of the way everybody calls her honey and dear, and she’s not a food or an animal. It also hinted because of the fact that she was still in high school. Sometimes though, I honestly had no idea what age she was.
Other than that, not much. I felt that some things in this book were unnecessary, but Suzanne Supplee did a good job of making most of those things short. There were a lot of neccesary, heartwarming and heartbreaking moments to this book that I thought were written really well and were honestly coming from Rosemary. A great read. 4.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 276