The thing is, though, that s not what I think this story was about It s not intended to be a moral lesson for those of us who are Size Zero Challenged It s a STORY.
Jemima was a generally sympathetic woman, who, at the start of her story, is very unhappy She makes some power moves to rectify that situation and hits some speed bumps along the way In general, the story was engaging and amusing and fun, lighthearted reading The lesson that I took away from the thing was not Hit the Gym and Win but figure how who you are and what makes you happy go for that.
Maybe because I deal with literature every day in my job, I tend to pick books that are entertaining and easy to read while trying to wind down and Jane Green s books fit that description for me A lot of the other reviews I ve read trash the message of this book about fat people, losing weight, etc but somehow I doubt that she wrote this as an attack on fat people of the world or to promote eating disorders I found Jemima to be pretty real most people don t initially go right for the eat reasonably and exercise theory of weight loss because of all of the quick fixes that are available I also don t think this book promotes the idea that fat people have to lose weight to be attractive what I do think is that Green does a pretty good job of illustrating the expectations of society as well as the ways social pressure observations can affect a person At any rate, I enjoyed reading the book Fun read Good summer beach lazy afternoon read Not intended to be deep, philosophical, political, a social commentary, or a lifestyle manual.
Jemima Jones Is Overweight About One Hundred Pounds Overweight Treated Like A Maid By Her Thin And Social Climbing Roommates, And Lorded Over By The Beautiful Geraldine Less Talented But Better Paid At The Kilburn Herald, Jemima Finds That Her Only Consolation Is Food Add To This Her Passion For Her Charming, Sexy, And Unobtainable Colleague Ben, And Jemima Knows Her Life Is In Need Of A Serious Change When She Meets Brad, An Eligible California Hunk, Over The Internet, She Has The Perfect Opportunity To Reinvent Herself As JJ, The Slim, Beautiful, Gym Obsessed Glamour Girl But When Her Long Distance Romeo Demands That They Meet, She Must Conquer Her Food Addiction To Become The Bone Thin Model Of Her E Mails No Small Feat With A Fast Paced Plot That Never Quits And A Surprise Ending No Reader Will See Coming, Jemima J Is The Chronicle Of One Woman S Quest To Become The Woman She S Always Wanted To Be, Learning Along The Way A Host Of Lessons About Attraction, Addiction, The Meaning Of True Love, And, Ultimately, Who She Really Is Ugh This book doesn t empower ugly ducklings, it panders to them The fat phobia is so thick in this book I can t believe I got through it The main character s obvious eating disorder is glorified, encouraged, and applauded If I were a lesser woman here is the message I would ve gleaned from this shitfest The only way to be happy, advance your career, find a hot man, and make your skanky roommates jealous is eat lettuce and work out fanatically Also, lying on the internet is ok Southern California is portrayed as if the person writing has never stepped off a plane at LAX before Apparently Barnes Noble and Borders bookstores in LA don t carry anything but film industry books Two characters at two different points couldn t find so much as a good fiction selection because there were How to Write a Screenplay titles floor to ceiling Stereotypes about LA are so 80s, and this book is not that old.
The twist was insulting, cheap, and annoying This book doesn t deserve a place on my chick lit shelf I would give it 0 stars if I could.
Mental Health read A Thon Eating Disorder RepIf I m being 100% honest Jemima J is really a 1 Star read but I gave it an extra star for making laugh This book was awful Absolutely dreadful Jemima Jones is fat and depressed She binge eats, hates her job, hates her roommates, hates pretty much all women, and most importantly hates herself Jemima believes that if she loses weight than everything in her life will be perfect If she s thin, then she get a boyfriend If she s thin than she can get a better job.
If she s thin than she will have friends Important Note Jemima J was published in 1999 Enter Brad, the guy she s been chatting with on this new thing called THE INTERNET Brad is an eligible California hunk who thinks Jemima is a thin workout obsessed glamour girl After agreeing to meet in real life Jemima decides to lose weight fast Jemima becomes anorexic bulimic, but the author never calls it that In fact Jane Green seems to think not eating for days, binge eating, throwing up and obsessively working out is perfectly fine This behavior isn t pointed out as extremely unhealthy and dangerous Everyone constantly points how healthy and beautiful she s become Her weight loss has made her a person of value.
Jemima J is extremely dangerous Eating Disorder Rep The moral at the end of the book is being thin will make you happy Jemima is never treated for her problems with food In fact her binge eating and purging is magically cured by finding love 1999 was a long time ago so maybe this was perfectly acceptable in the time in which it was written but.
WOW JUST WOW I don t recommend Jemima J to anyone unless you want to see how to badly write about weight and self esteem.
Sometimes in life, you have to make things happen That you can change your life if you re willing to let go of the old and actively look for the new That even if you re on the right track, you ll get run over if you just sit there 5 UGLY DUCKLING STARS.
This is my ultimate go to book, it s like comfort pages for my book soul I fell in love with Jane Green s perfectly written novels some years ago in my late teens and I have read and re read the novel so much that my paperback version is lovingly creased and well worn I can t fault this author and her effortlessly romantic tales of love Jane Green has a special ability to write fiction in a way that s engaging but with a hint of reality that hits my emotion buttons.
So what s it all about Jemima Jones is overweight, lonely, unhappy and to top it all off is badly treated by both her housemates and work colleges, as a consequence Jemima finds that her only comfort is food Bring into the mix her long term crush on the charming, sexy, and unobtainable colleague Ben, and Jemima realises her life is in need of a Complete makeover During her transformation Jemima has a chance encounter with health and fitness nut Californian hunk Brad and decides to take the chance to move to the states to start her new life Along the way we go on a journey with this loveable character and we see lessons about the meaning of true love, addiction, friendship and ultimately learning to love yourself.
My final thoughts I have a complete soft spot for Jemima J, a character who we see battle her way to find her true love I can t express how much this book touched me, makes me laugh and fall in love, over and over This book is true romance at its very best A novel that lovers of chick lit will adore This fast paced plot and quirky love novel is one of my all time favourites and if your a fan of Jane Green then you will fall in love as much as I did.
5 HUGE STARS.
It s been a long time since I ve read this book But I remember the pertinent details Jemima, an ugly duckling basically a woman who is plus size, doesn t have highlights, and dresses comfortably instead of fashionably , is in love with her co worker Because she s an ugly duckling, of course, he doesn t notice her So Jemima starts online chatting with a hot guy from California who, for the obvious ironic twist, owns a gym and is hyper into fitness After chatting for awhile, he wants a picture of Jemima Jemima panicks, but not to worry her friend does a photoshop touch up of her that makes her face thinner and her hair blonder In other words, her friend makes her hot Whatever happened to you re great, just the way you are And of course, the guy from California wants to meet her What does Jemima do, then She starts going to the gym And not just once a day four or five times a week, like most people who want to get into remain in shape No, Jemima goes for three hours a day, seven days a week, sometimes going twice a day The only part where the author concedes that this is unhealthy behavior is a brief observation by one of the trainers at Jemima s gym And that s it So Jemima becomes basically emaciated, meets the hot guy in California, and they start a relationship Even though something is off.
There are a couple of twists at the end trying to justify that Jane Green has created a character with hardcore eating disorders first binge eating and then bulemia through exercising compulsively and has barely acknowledged it And as the story starts to wind down, she drops anvils as hints, so the reader has to be pretty dim to not see where she s going Her POV is shaky and torn between being a preachy narrator and being the character It s annoying to see one paragraph that is Jemima, and the next SPEAKING to Jemima.
On the plus side, it was fast and easy to read But definitely a big, unhealthy ball of stereotypes.
Okay, here s the thing there is really no way I can write why this book is so awful without sounding bitter You know how everyone says how only ugly girls hate beauty pageants Well, I ve heard it said also that only fat girls hate this book And I am fat So there s that out of the way right out of the gate.
Oh But not as fat as the main character of this novel At least, not according to Jane Green, the lady who wrote this book I couldn t possible be, given the descriptions given of the character The main character is five feet and seven inches tall and two hundred pounds Which, of course, sounds just awful if you have no actual understanding of what two hundred pounds actually is In the real world, that sized woman would wear about a size 16 American sizing dress and could still shop in most regular department stores In the book, however, a woman of that size has twelve chins, waddles when she walks, is too fat to sit in a chair, can t fit into cars et cetera I am that height and heavier than two hundred pounds I however can sit in chairs, do not waddle, and, while I do have that second chin, I still have a neck and fail to look as though my face were melting into flabby chins.
So there s that.
Then there s the idea that Jemima the main character is not and never will be loved by anyone until she is thin Because her body is the only thing that matters about her And not only must she be thin, she must become very thin This book is pro anorexia and proud of it, if you can believe it Her sense of humor, her personality her real name, even it all means nothing All she is is her body Which, as mentioned before, will not matter until the man of her dreams can play a tune, xylophone style, on her ribs Just for full disclosure, as with the first point, I ve never had trouble dating, really Not when I was thin, or athletic, or chubby, or even now when I am the ugliest word you can call a woman FAT While human bodies are important, I assure you that having friends, having boyfriends, having sex, having relationships, having dates, or whatever else depends a great dealon who you are than it does on what you are.
So there s that.
I suppose I hate this book not just because of the terrible negative stereotypes it reinforces, or the ugly way that everyone in this book acts towards each other and them selves, but because it teaches, by example, that lying as suffering are the only way to get what you want and that what you want is shallow and materialistic And that s sad I also think this book is awful because all of that awfulness I wrote about up there is packaged in a pink and cheerful bow This is supposed to be, and is written as, a humorous chick lit wish fulfillment fantasy We re supposed to find Jemima gross in the beginning and then applaud her lies and her anorexia and her unhealthy ideas in the middle When the man she ends up with is a jerk in the end, we are supposed to forgive him I just don t understand.
I m probably being overly sensitive and over reacting, but I think no, I KNOW I would have hated this book even if I was skinny It s mean spirited and shallow and wrong.
I don t recommend it.
Dear Bridget Jones,You really should meet up for a cappuccino and a chocolate croissant with Jemima Jones I think the two of you have the potential to be great friends, as you have so muchin common than just your last names distant, long lost relatives, perhaps.
After all, you re both single women, journalists, Londoners, traumatized by eccentric mothers, habitual dieters, smartasses, Silk Cut smokers, and prone to sleeping with handsome bastards while waiting for Mr Right to come along.
However, you have a much better sense of humor, I must say And one would hope that would rub off on JJ She haspoignancy about her than you do, which makes her lovable and empathetic, but too much melodrama is bad for the soul.
Take pity on her, Bridget Jemima tends to be terribly lonely a lot of the time, and I truly feel that there is no one I know indire need of an extended urban Singleton family than she is You could include her in yours with very little effort.
In return, she might bring some much needed common sense to the group I seriously doubt she ever would ve encouraged you to break up with Mark Darcy the way Jude and Shazzer did in The Edge of Reason Then again, given Jemima s inexperience with men, I just know that she would eat up all your romantic advice with a spoon, so who knows what would happen But I suspect that whatever happened would be fun to watch Give her a call, Bridge You ll love her She ll love you It ll be great.
Sincerely,A Concerned Third Party I ve never been so thoroughly disgusted with a book In Jemima J, Jane Green glorifies anorexia and then tries to claim that the main character is merely obsessed with exercising, even though she is clearly not eating The result Jemima loses a massive amount of weight about 80 lbs in a short period of time, and all of a sudden, men can t keep their eyes off of her.
The plot is lame, even for Chick Lit Fat girl falls in love with unattainable guy, chats with American hunk online, decides to lose weight to go visit said hunk, things go downhill from there, unattainable guy falls for the ex fat girl, happily ever after Oh, and by the way, the shocking plot twist is positively wretched The writing is just as bad Green has this obnoxious habit of switching from Jemima s point of view to that of an omniscient narrator It makes for disjointed reading and is very distracting I spent most of my time laughing, but not for good reason Instead of implying that even though Jemima is heavy, she s still a good person, Jemima tells us that herself Several times Subtly is not Green s strong suit.
This was the second book I ve read by Jane Green, and it was definitely the last I know that I m overly sensitive about eating disorders and weight issues, but I can t imagine that anyone would find the way Green presented this topic appealing.