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The Curvy Girls Club [Kindle Edition]

Michele Gorman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Where Confidence is the New Black

"Michele's writing is so engaging and witty, yet insightful and empathetic." Sophie Kinsella, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

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From the USA TODAY Bestselling Author comes this funny, heart-warming story about learning to love yourself.

Meet best friends Pixie, Ellie, Katie and Jane. Fed up with always struggling to lose weight, they start a social club where size doesn’t matter. Soon it’s the most popular place to be – having fun instead of counting carbs. And the girls suddenly find their lives changing in ways they never imagined.

But outside the club, things aren’t as rosy, as they struggle with the ups and downs of everyday life.

"This is a delightful book of friendship, acceptance, and belonging for anyone who has ever wondered: “What if?”" Publishers Weekly

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From Publishers Weekly


Gorman’s novel is a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming tale of four “curvy” friends who are sick of spending their time stressing over every bite of food, and who decide to take back control by organizing a social group they call “The Curvy Girls Club.” The heroine is Katie Winterbottom; prior to the formation of The Curvy Girls Club she spent her days cold calling pharmacies while working at a call center and also unsuccessfully lusting after a colleague. Her nights were occupied with attending weight-loss meetings and generally feeling bad about herself. That all begins to turn around after Katie and her three friends, Jane, Ellie, and Pixie decide to ditch the weight-loss meetings and start a social club, where feeling good about yourself and your curves is the main motto. However, once Katie begins to lose weight unexpectedly, she’s faced with the possibility of a drastic change to the life she’s made for herself. This is a delightful book of friendship, acceptance, and belonging for anyone who has ever wondered: “What if?”

Praise for Michele Gorman and The Curvy Girls Club


"The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman was an amazing read... laugh-out loud in places and a little bittersweet in others." Readers' Favorite

"A book about friendship, love and most of all, loving yourself; you'll eat this up." Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Spin and Hidden

"Funny, warm and always entertaining, reading a Michele Gorman novel is like spending time with a favourite friend.' Chrissie Manby, Sunday Times Best-Selling Author

"An undeniable sense of fun on every page." Nick Spalding, author of Love... From Both Sides

"Gorman's writing is warm, witty, and wonderful." Matt Dunn, author of A Day At The Office


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"Michele's writing is so engaging and witty, yet insightful and empathetic. And she can certainly pull off a twist!" SOPHIE KINSELLA "'I love Michele's books. A fun, sassy writer who always makes me smile." CAROLE MATTHEWS "Gorman's writing is warm, witty and wonderful." Matt Dunn "An undeniable sense of fun on very page." Nick Spalding

About the Author

Michele Gorman is the author of several best-selling romantic comedies including The Curvy Girls Club, Single in the City and Bella Summer Takes a Chance. Born and raised in the US, Michele now lives in London and is overly fond of most baked goods, long naps, and a cold glass of rosé. Join her on Twitter @MicheleGormanUK and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MicheleGormanBooks

Product Details

  • File Size: 894 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Notting Hill Press (May 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K2WVXN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars June 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Insightful and thought-provoking, The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman is a heartwarming novel of friendship. It is a also an incredible story that provides an honest look into body image that is humorous but also quite poignant.

Katie, Ellie, Jane and Pixie’s are at different places in their lives, but the one commonality between them is their struggle to lose weight. The novel’s narrator, Katie, and her co-worker and friend Ellie have been overweight all of their lives while Jane and Pixie have been unable to shed the weight they gained after childbirth. Discouraged by their lack of progress at their weight loss support meeting, Katie suggests they get together outside the group and do something fun and uplifting. When word of their extracurricular activities spreads, the four agree to formalize their events and The Curvy Girls Club is born. As their membership grows and the workload increases, Katie and Pixie earn a small salary but when Katie suddenly begins to lose weight, the four friends are at odds over her role in their enterprise.

All of the women are well-developed and they each face difficult obstacles over the course of the novel. Katie’s career is threatened by the downturn in the economy and her crush on a co-worker has unintended consequences on both her professional and personal lives. Ellie is in the throes of a new romance but her insecurities threaten the promising relationship. Pixie’s marriage has been troubled for quite some time and the women are growing increasingly concerned for her safety. Jane will do anything to regain her pre-pregnancy figure, even if it means endangering her health.

With The Curvy Girls Club, Michele Gorman tackles a difficult subject with sensitivity. The plot is well-executed, realistic and refreshingly honest.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh... July 17, 2014
By Dani
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Being a somewhat curvy girl myself, I enjoy reading books about women who shockingly manage to live happily and fully even though they are *gasp* overweight. (I know, right? Like that ever happens in "real life"? //eyeroll) While I really loved the premise of this book (group of fluffy girls meet at a weight loss support group, forge friendships over time, decide to learn to love themselves as they are with or without weight loss, form a fun group for fatties that has nothing to do with weight loss and is focused on having fun at any size) (and I use the word "fatties" with nothing but love and respect, before anyone climbs on the PC train and decides to bash me... that's how my chunky girlfriends and I refer to ourselves affectionately) I was disappointed that the heroine had to lose weight during the course of the book to feel normal. I get that there was a point to that... that she was being somewhat hypocritical in starting a group for overweight people and then dropped 40 lbs due to circumstances beyond her control and *SPOILER ALERT* boffed the man of her dreams.
I also didn't really care for the other main characters. They were not particularly likeable; Pixie, in particular, was hard to give two craps about because her personality was so abrasive and combative. In general, the only characters that were relatable were Rob and the main character, whose name I can't for the life of me remember right this second. (ACK!!!)
It was a fun and easy book to read and there were some really excellent points made regarding the feelings and emotions of overweight people. (However, 30 and 40 lbs overweight isn't exactly heifer-status, contrary to how the book makes it seem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curvy Women (and Men) Unite in this lovely book! June 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I wonder if anyone really realizes how "curvy" women and men feel--how totally insecure--how angry. I know I have been curvy most of my life and it gets real old real quick when people tell you "what a pretty face you have--but don't you think you could lose a few pounds?" It is actually the same for women and men who are too skinny. Most times it is the constant yo yo dieting that keeps us heavy--but we all keep trying, sometimes to our detriment.

Well in this novel that hit home a bit too close for me. 4 curvy friends decide to quit a skinny club and start one of their own where everyone could possibly feel better about themselves. All four of these friends have psychological problems due mostly to their body image and it shows in the way they react to others. When one of them suddenly loses weight for no apparent reason suddenly she is made to feel bad about it! Now there is a medical reason--and all does work out happily in the end.

Prejudice comes in many shapes and sizes--This author has actually started a website called the Curvy Girls Club-which if it gets large enough may actually have meetings etc--however I think that will be in England--but one can always hope!

I really did love this novel even if it saddened me a little-there were parts that made me laugh out loud--a 5 STAR for sure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read with great storyline! June 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Well, there was no racy, steamy adult scenes or murder mysteries to solve… but I really, really liked this book.

I am a curvy girl so I could relate to this book and the emotions that came with this book.

There were times I wanted to scream, yell, kick, and wring someone’s neck (and it’s well deserved!)

I love the concept of the Curvy Girls Club and would love to find one or create one where I live because the whole concept is amazing!

The basis of the entire story is 100% spot on and 100% truth.

I would venture to say that mainly women would prefer this book (and you certainly do not need to be curvy to enjoy it), but I think there are some men who would enjoy this too (and spoiler alert, one of the main members to the Curvy Girls Club is a male!)

I would definitely recommend this book to all!

PS: It was quite fun to read a book based in London! I enjoyed learning new terminology!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fab Read
Spoken by Kate who has been attending Slimming Zone for several years, she works cold calling by selling nutritional supplements but feels she's undervalued at work, possibly due... Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Mrs. C. Colbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: 'The Curvy Girls Club' by Michele Gorman
After having spent a lot of time together at Slimming Zone, trying their best to lose weight, it is no wonder Katie, Pixie, Ellie and Jane have developed quite a close friendship... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jody - "A Spoonful of Happy Endings"
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and witty ...
Enjoying life rather than counting calories forms the basis of this story which looks at the way society views body image but which does so in a way that most of us can relate to. Read more
Published 10 days ago by jaffareadstoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted read
If you’re looking for a light-hearted read after pigging out on too much Christmas dinner then this is the book for you. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Julie Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This story is about four women, who go to a diet club and they become best friends. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Simona Elena
4.0 out of 5 stars It will make you giggle more than once but will also make you think a...
I loved the idea of this book. In nowadays society it sometimes feels like if you are not slim, beautiful, wear the latest fashion and have perfect hair every day, you have no... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Alba in Bookland
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is the story of Pixie, Ellie, Katie, and Jane who start a social club for curvy girls (and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Teacher
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
It was ok, but i expected more about the relationships than it was.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book,...so laugh out loud funny for several chapters and then it became more serious with all the relationships between the women and their husbands or boyfriends. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K in TX
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I lost interest about a third into this book.
Published 1 month ago by JoAnn
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More About the Author

Michele Gorman is the USA TODAY bestselling author of eight romantic comedies. Born and raised in the US, Michele has lived in London for 16 years. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films but objects to spiders and the word "portion".

You can find out more about Michele by following her on twitter or Facebook and by reading her blog or website. Do chat with her online - she's always looking for an excuse to procrastinate!

Twitter:@MicheleGormanUK
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MicheleGormanBooks
Blog: www.michelegormanwriter.blogspot.com
Website: www.michelegorman.co.uk

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