The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl
By Shauna Reid
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061657702, 416pp.)
Publication Date: January 2009
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At just twenty-three years old, Shauna Reid weighed 351 pounds. Spurred into action by the sight of her enormous white knickers billowing on the clothesline, she created the hugely successful blog "The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl." Hiding behind her Lycra-clad, roly-poly alter-ego, her transformation from couch potato to svelte goddess began.
Today, eight thousand miles, seven years, and 175 pounds later, the gloriously gorgeous Shauna is literally half the woman she used to be. Hysterically funny and heart-wrenchingly honest, The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl includes travel tales from Australia to Paris to Red Square, plus romance when she meets the man of her dreams in a Scottish pub. This is the uplifting true story of a young woman who defeated her demons and conquered her cravings to become a real-life superhero to inspire us all.
1. How do you think Shauna's childhood shaped her ideas of body image and her relationship with food? Have their been instances in your life that have changed how you think about what you eat?
“A buoyant, funny, and immensely likable romp--for readers of all sizes.” (4 stars)
“Bookstores are fat with diet tales, but Reid’s stands out. She’s an entertaining, endearing writer - funny, humble, honest, wise, and best of all, compassionate.”
-Minneapolis Star Tribune
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