Frankel’s memoir is filled with sass. She uses her battle with her weight to frame a hiliarious honest romp through her youth and young adulthood, describing the ways in which her weight impacted things like her relationship with her mother and her burgeoning sexuality. This is actually a memoir within a memoir — Frankel uses her reflections on her weight to guide her grown-up self on a journey towards body acceptance. This fun, quick read includes cameos by Stacy from What Not To Wear and other awesome folks Frankel met while working at Mademoiselle.
Frankel honestly reflects on the ways in which her mother’s fatphobia, her desire for male approval, and her own self-hate all molded her into a neurotic yo-yo dieter. The steps she takes to resist this, and to gain more body acceptance, all vary, and include using a clicker to count the number of times she indulges her “Inner Bitch” as well as her embarking on a not-diet, where no food is off limits. While these are not necessarily the most enthralling parts of her memoir (I was personally LOLLERSKATING over her youth as a punk rocker and her days of “slutitude” (we’ve all been there, amirite? no? just me? well then!)) they might be the most useful for a reader looking for some tools against self-hate.