Maggie O’Leary has captured America’ attention by writing an anti-diet column that is syndicated all over the country. She is on top of the world and ok with her plus size life until the phone rings and Mike Taylor, Hollywood’s sexiest actor, wants her to come to Hollywood to help him prepare for his upcoming role as a diet doctor. Maggie becomes smitten and decides to transform herself into a bombshell before her trip, all the while still writing about the evils of dieting.
The emphasis of the book is on the journey to self-love. Moderately paced, there is lots of dialogue and introspection on the part of Maggie. The setting sets the tone, but is not integral to understanding the story. Readers will enjoy getting to know Maggie and the other characters that are entertaining and somewhat three-dimensional. A funny read but dietary tips throughout the book and the epilogue can be intrusive and seem to work against the notion of loving yourself for who you are. 2004, 298 pages.