Book Review | The Makedown by Gitty Daneshvari
By Gitty Daneshvari
Format: TRADE PAPERBACK
Publish Date: 2/25/2009
From the Publisher:
Anna Norton used to be fat. Correction: Anna Norton used to be a fat, nerdy, overeater with low self esteem. When she moves from suburban Ohio to Manhattan at age 23, her life does a total 180. With guidance from her boss, an unlikely Fairy Godmother in the form of a chic caterer and excellent cook, Anna loses all the weight and–though still not quite Kate Moss–finally drops her inferiority complex, brushes the crumbs off her skirt, and enters the world of feeling good, looking good, and…finally having sex.
When Anna meets Ben, the man of her dreams (and of every other person’s dreams who isn’t blind) she almost can’t believe she is dating the Ken Doll. Deep down, she is still the chubby nerd who wrote in a diary called Hello Fatty. But not everything is perfect; her hot boyfriend is a huge flirt, and every leggy blond who crosses his path is a threat to Anna. She just can’t escape the feeling that Ben is way out of her league and that everyone thinks she is dating up and he’s dating down. It gets so bad, she decides she will do anything to make these women go away.
Enter the Makedown. The reverse makeover. As Anna was made up, so will Ben be made down. Where she went from shabby to chic, he will go from prince to frog. Anna will sabotage his hotness for the sake of her own sanity, and to bring this man into more of what she considers her own league. Enter Nair to induce premature balding, Sears catalogs to inspire bad dressing, and secret additions of cream to her cooking and SKOR bars in granola bar wrappers to induce weight gain. Hilarity ensues, but in the end, Anna must find out if Ben’s makedown will save their relationship, or end it.
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I had the opportunity to read and review this book. I’m a big fan of “chic lit” and like that these books are “easy reads”. This book is no different as I did find that I went through it pretty fast. I liked how the author is extremely generous with her descriptions so that I could picture exactly what she was trying to convey.
The main character, Anna, was interesting for the most part, but not very easy to like. I found some of her situations to be almost painful to read and I wondered if it is really believable that a person would act like this all the time. I know we all have our embarrassing moments, but some parts of this book went above and beyond the norm. I especially had a hard time reading when she started sabotaging her boyfriend and I wanted to jump in there and shake her and say “what are you doing!!”. Some of the things she did were downright mean, and that made it difficult for me to really like her.
On the other hand, there were many parts in this book that were humorous and I did find myself laughing out loud. I read this book at the doctor’s office and didn’t even realize that I was laughing until I saw all the strange looks around me!
Overall, I did like the book and would recommend it if you are looking for some escapist reading and like the “chick lit” genre.
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*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*