Review: Fighting Weight by Gillian Jones
Let me just start by saying this was my first Gillian Jones read and I honestly didn’t know what to expect. There were mixed reviews about this book and a disclaimer about the hard to handle topic it covers. So, I dove into the pages of Fighting Weight a little leery and slightly skeptical. This book is heavy, don’t get me wrong. But it is, without a shadow of a doubt, incredible.
Story Line: Let me preface this quickly and say this book talks quite a bit about bulimia and how it affects those who have it, as well as those around the people who have the disease. And this book makes it very, very real. Our main characters are Ali and Slater. Ali has a past that I can relate to to a certain extent. I grew up with a mother who constantly told me I needed to lose weight. I never felt like I was enough, much like sweet Ali. However, I was able to fight off any urges I had to purge or abstain from eating. Ali was not as lucky. The first 1/3 of the book is spent learning about Ali and her disease. This topic is not handled lightly. I had to take 2 breaks from reading the first part of this book because everything was extremely real and I had to remind myself that I was not Ali and I was not fighting her demons. This book is THAT beautifully written. I felt like I was in the story going through the same struggles as our main characters. It was absolutely incredible.
Back to the story line, Ali and Slater meet through a band tour. Slater is drawn to her and extremely patient. He tells her they are best friends, when he truly wishes for more. Fun little side note, before my dear husband would commit to me while we were “messing around”, he would tell everyone that I was his best friend and it pissed me the eff off. So, I loved that I could relate to the characters even more. Anyways, Slater and Ali have a long road ahead of them, literally since they are on tour together, and not so literally with their budding relationship and the many obstacles they must overcome. There are times I cried for and with Ali. And there are times that I wanted to legit punch Slater in the face. But in the end, it was one of my favorite happily ever afters.
Interaction: Slater is a bad ass rock star who has the heart of a teddy bear. Ali is emotionally fragile and in recovery. So it’s no wonder these two mesh when they first meet. There are sparks that they both feel, but neither will admit. But what they do admit, is that friendship is inevitable. They talk like they’ve known each other their whole lives. It’s amazing and made me yearn for that kind of connection too. Love my hubby, but he’s not that much of a talker 😉
Laundry: I read a review that said she was 35% into the book and they hadn’t had laundry yet and that’s why she couldn’t keep reading. I sort of want to smack said person upside the head. Because if she had finished the book, she would have be immeasurably satisfied. Because our girl Gillian can write some dirty, dirty laundry.
Depth: I think it goes without saying that this book has some major depth to it. Gillian writes about this horrific disease in such a meaningful way. It was a tough topic to tackle and I honestly am walking away from this book feeling like I understand the disease just a little bit better. And my heart truly goes out to anyone who suffers or has suffered from it. I’m a big girl. I have very little self esteem. But to know someone who weighs just 130 pounds feels even worse about themselves than I do? My heart breaks for them.
Thank you Gillian for writing a wonderfully broken love story. A story I will not soon forget. I finished this book with warmth in my heart and an open mind. And for that, I will always be grateful.
Pick up this amazing book TODAY!