Fitness Junkie: A Novel by Lucy SykesFitness Junkie: A Novel by Lucy Sykes

Fitness Junkie: A Novel

byLucy Sykes, Jo Piazza

Hardcover | July 11, 2017

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A Good Morning America Summer Must-Read! 

From the bestselling authors of The Knockoff, an outrageously funny novel about one woman's attempt—through clay diets, naked yoga, green juice, and cultish workout classes—to win back her career, save her best friend, and lose thirty pounds.

When Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffin—the delicious lovechild of a brioche and a muffin—her best friend and business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: Lose thirty pounds or lose your job. Sure, Janey has gained some weight since her divorce, and no, her beautifully cut trousers don't fit like they used to, so Janey throws herself headlong into the world of the fitness revolution, signing up for a shockingly expensive workout pass, baring it all for Free the Nipple yoga, sweating through boot camp classes run by Sri Lankan militants and spinning to the screams of a Lycra-clad instructor with rage issues. At a juice shop she meets Jacob, a cute young guy who takes her dumpster-diving outside Whole Foods on their first date. At a shaman's tea ceremony she meets Hugh, a silver fox who holds her hand through an ayahuasca hallucination And at a secret exercise studio Janey meets Sara Strong, the wildly popular workout guru whose special dance routine has starlets and wealthy women flocking to her for results that seem too good to be true. As Janey eschews delicious carbs, pays thousands of dollars to charlatans, and is harassed by her very own fitness bracelet, she can't help but wonder: Did she really need to lose weight in the first place? A hilarious send-up of the health and wellness industry, Fitness Junkie is a glorious romp through the absurd landscape of our weight-obsessed culture.
LUCY SYKES has worked in the fashion industry consulting for top designers Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren as a spokesperson for TJMaxx becoming the The First Maxxinista on a nationwide commercial. Lucy worked as on staff fashion editor at Town and Country and Allure magazine. For six years Lucy was the fashion director at Marie Claire...
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Title:Fitness Junkie: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.6 × 6.3 × 1.1 inPublished:July 11, 2017Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385541805

ISBN - 13:9780385541800

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read A nice light read that explores the extremes people go to to stay fit. The main character was so much fun. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I was really excited for Fitness Junkie but once I started reading it didn't end up being as entertaining, interesting or that funny, which was really disappointing. I felt there was unnecessary explanations and over explanations at times but at different points of the book I felt there wasn't enough information provided and that it was rushed. I expected this book would be funny and lean towards similarities to the movie adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada but it ended up being more like the book instead. Following the rich, and their many hours dedicated to their health and fitness, Fitness Junkie has its laughs, relatable social media addictions and jabs at fitness fads, like eating clay instead of food (I don't know if this is a real fitness fad but I really hope not!), Free the Nipple yoga and being verbally assaulted whiling spinning. This isn't one of my favourite but if you're looking for an easy read that pokes fun at fads and pop culture, I'd recommend Fitness Junkie. Mostly if you were already eyeing this title I'd say give it a try. Go in without any expectations and enjoying it for what it is.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bought For The Cover Not going to lie - what attracted me to this book was the hot pink cover.. but it was surprisingly entertaining. About a woman who tries out all kinds of crazy workouts while trying to find herself, it's quite entertaining. Glad I picked this up.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fitness Junkie I liked the lead character and her cousin for the most part, I can’t really say the same for the other characters, and while it illustrated the extremes of fitness/diet/wellness crazes quite well, it wasn’t as fun or funny as it might have been. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-11

Editorial Reviews

"A hilarious tale about one woman's attempt to do whatever it takes -- juicing, clay diets, private island wellness retreats -- to lose 30 lbs." —People"There are no funnier, wittier people in all the land than Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. The writers of The Knockoff are here with their second novel about one woman’s attempt to basically fix her entire life, which she is positive will happen by losing 30 pounds. Think naked yoga. Think gross green juices. Think crazy cycling classes. Yes, please!" —Ruthie Friedlander, InStyle "You’ll breeze through this one like you would a Saturday spin class with the most fabulous playlist and the promise of brunch cocktails after." —Kirkus"The Devil Wears Prada of the wellness world... It’s about time the New York City fitness scene—booming in 2017 like never before—got its roman à clef."—Well+Good"When Janey Sweet … navigates topless yoga and ruthless cycling classes in Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza's satire, she realizes she’s better off without the green juice."—Us Weekly"Takes aim squarely at the way in which our weight- and fitness-obsessed culture infiltrates our daily lives... Fitness Junkie will make you laugh as much as it will make you think."—Shanee Edwards, SheKnows"I laughed out loud reading Fitness Junkie, which serves a heaping helping of hilarious satire, profiling the step-counting, calorie-obsessed New Yorkers who fill the cronut-shaped holes in their souls with workouts."—Jill Kargman, creator and star of Odd Mom Out"Fitness Junkie is a deliciously fun romp through the bizarre and cult-like workouts of the superrich, from naked yoga to clay diets to private island wellness retreats. Funny, frothy and delicious."—Jane Green, author of Falling"I was thrown into the diet and exercising regimen of the 0.01% and was barely able to exhale. Fitness Junkie moves furiously through the torturous extremes women subject themselves to, all in the name of pleasing someone else. Sykes and Piazza work their magic through the eyes of a woman more like yourself. Read this and you will never eat cronuts with a side of guilt again."—Maureen Sherry, author of Opening Belle