Dietland by Sarai Walker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Reading this made me think that the author had two stories she wanted to tell, and rather than flesh both out into separate stories decided to mesh them together. It doesn't really work.
The Dietland part of the story is the more interesting one, following the 300-plus pound Plum as she moves through self-loathing (and preparation for bariatric surgery) to some acceptance of who she is as she is. Her work as the "voice" of Kitty, her Brooklyn life and giving all that up as she emerges as a strong woman with a voice of her own is a journey I wanted to take with her. The Jennifer part of the story was more disturbing and detracted from the Dietland story. There were some very gratuitous parts (no spoilers, but you'll know when you read them) that made me seriously question where the author was going with all this, and what her friends/editors thought as they read them.
ARC provided by publisher.