Thursday, November 18, 2010

Review: Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee

Title: Artichoke's Heart
Author: Suzanne Supplee
Number of Pages: 276
Rating: 3/5

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.
Rosemary's only boyfriends are the "secret lovers" stashed under her bed: Mr. Hershey, Mr. Reeses, and Mr. M&M. Worse, Christmas brought nothing but unwanted presents: a treadmill from Mother and two tickets to the Healing the Fat Girl Within conference from nosy Aunt Mary. And when your mom runs the most successful (and gossipy) beauty shop in town, it can be hard to keep a low profile…especially when the scale just hit an all-time high.

Rosemary resolves to lose the weight, but her journey turns out to be about everything but fat. A life-changing, waist-shrinking year is captured with honesty and humor—topped with an extra-large helping of Southern charm—in this enchanting debut by Suzanne Supplee.


When I first got this book, I didn't expect much. I thought it was just gonna be a chick-lit book. 
Boy was I wrong.
From the first chapter you fall in love with Rosie. We're first introduced to Rosie as she tells us about her very dissapointing christmas and we soon find out that Rosie has just reached an all time high in weight gain. If that isn't bad enough, her mother owns a popular salon where people won't just let Rosie be and she has one heck of a nosy Aunt. 
When she was small, Rosie was dubbed Artichoke one fateful day when she wore a green winter jacket to school. That name stuck with her and she still gets called Artichoke, or fatty, but Rosie refuses to live up to their stereotypes of fat people. She's not lazy or stupid. She works at her mother's salon and get's straight A's. Rosemary is one person you will love.
Throughout the book we go with Rosie as she develops a crush on a good-looking jock, Kyle, as she deals with teasing from mean skinny girls at school, as she helps Kay-Kay get back up from her fall from grace, as she deals with her mother's issues, her nosy aunt and of course her weight.
The best part though was Rosie's sharp tongue and smart aleck mindset. It keeps the book light and a silly grin on your face as you read. 


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