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Publisher's Summary

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged. She is biding her time at a job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls' magazine until she can afford weight-loss surgery. But lately she is being followed by a girl in outlandish clothes and combat boots.
When Plum finally confronts her, she finds herself falling into the mysterious world of Calliope House, where an odd collection of women orbit around Verena Baptist, daughter of a famous diet guru. Verena offers to give Plum the money for the surgery, but there is a catch: First Plum must go through a series of seemingly perverse challenges that will force her to confront her past, her doubts, and the real cost of becoming "beautiful".
Dietland is a scathing and revolutionary debut that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our obsession with weight loss - from the inside out and with fists flying.
©2015 Reproduced by special arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"A fresh and provocative debut novel about a reclusive young woman saving up for weight loss surgery, when she gets drawn into a shadowy feminist guerilla group called 'Jennifer' - equal parts Bridget Jones' Diary and Fight Club. Keenly intelligent, daring, and original, Dietland has something important to say to us all." (Alice Mattison, author of When We Argued All Night)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Jenny on 07-25-15

A n absolute ridiculous waste of my time

It sounded like an interesting concept and had potential to bring to light some excellent discussion points HOWEVER a porn room, rapes, killings...ruined it for me.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sandy Toes on 01-28-16

funny and thought provoking

i laughed out loud....thoroughly enjoyed Plum's awakening and the female empowerment message. the narration enhanced the story.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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