I’ve been factoring in some down-time, away from the Delights Kitchen, recently. I’ve used the time to catch up on some reading. Yes, I read the paper, I read tweets and I read recipes, but I can’t remember the last time I did a bit of indulgent reading and got totally lost in a book.
I had so much fun reading Making it Big by Lyndsay Russell, possibly because I could relate only too well with the leading character Sharon Plunkett. Like Sharon, I too have tried every diet possibly known to man. Sharon’s last resort is to visit Dr Marvel’s Weight Clinic where her whole world literally turns upside down. Suddenly big is beautiful and billboards celebrate plus sized celebrities. Sharon is suddenly adored for her curvaceous body and stunning looks ( I guarantee that every big girl has had this fantasy). Sharon becomes supermodel and trend setting icon. She dates a footballer, a rock god and a Hollywood A –lister. Her world couldn’t be any more wonderful…until it all goes terribly wrong.
I loved the fact that fairy cakes (not cupcakes) feature heavily in this tale, with all manner of sweet delights getting a mention too. This was such an enjoyable book (I devoured it), and it had me laughing out loud.
I’ve never been one for joining a book club, but I’d love to get a group of girls together to talk about some of the issues raised in this book. I’ll supply the cakes, we’ll order in some cava. Class discuss. Who’s in?