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Operation Beautiful: Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-it Note at aTime Paperback – Bargain Price, August 3, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; Original edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592405827
  • ASIN: B004LQ0ENM
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Operation Beautiful is an amazing book and movement that greatly helps women take control and start slicing out self-hate, stitching up self-esteem, and finally start healing from all the body drama that's making us sick!"
-Nancy Redd, New York Times bestselling author of Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers

"In a time when so many people have their self-esteem and inner sense of wellness determined by plastic and often unrealistic standards, Operation Beautiful guides the way to loving oneself in a wholesome sense and to being the healthiest, best you can be!"
-Jennifer Ashton, M.D., CBS News Medical Correspondent and author of The Body Scoop for Girls

"Operation Beautiful is tea and sympathy, a kick in the pants, and a pep talk from a trusted friend all in one. Caitlin walks the walk and expertly weaves her own deep-held secrets in with life-changing stories of women from all around the world...should be mandatory reading for women everywhere."
-Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople.com

About the Author

CAITLIN BOYLE is the editor of operationbeautiful.com and writes a daily food and fitness blog, Healthy Tipping Point, which garner more than 520,000 hits per month combined. For five years, she served as a contributing columnist for The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition. She lives in Orlando, Florida.

More About the Author

Caitlin Boyle, the blogger behind www.HealthyTippingPoint.com and www.OperationBeautiful.com, began blogging in 2008. Caitlin had worked as a freelance writer and technical writer for seven years, but in September 2009, she resigned from her corporate job to write a book based on Operation Beautiful.

Caitlin writes a daily food and fitness blog, Healthy Tipping Point, which chronicles how Caitlin balances her busy lifestyle with healthy eating and exercise. Readers relate to her "Everywomen" experiences and enjoy her 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon race recaps. Caitlin utilizes her personal blog as a way to encourage other women to stay healthy and active and seeks to remind readers that there the "healthy ideal" looks different for every woman.

Operation Beautiful originally began on Healthy Tipping Point. In June 2009, Caitlin was inspired to post a note that simply read "You Are Beautiful!" in a public restroom. She took a picture of her note and posted it on Healthy Tipping Point. The response from her readers was instantaneous, and Caitlin's e-mail was flooded with photographs of notes posted all over the country. Within two days, Caitlin knew she had a phenomenon on her hands and launched the blog Operation Beautiful.

Caitlin is 26 years old and lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband and her two dogs. In addition to blogging, her other writing experience includes a five-year stint as a contributing columnist for The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition. Caitlin attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Non-Fiction Creative Writing.

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It's a must read for anyone that needs a pick me up.
Mandy
When I got this book I was in a bad place... this book after I finshed reading it has changed the way I see myself and helped to change my life.
BeautifulNinja
It's so nice to have an uplifting book to pick up and read.
Amy C.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Ashley on August 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I first learned of the OB movement, I thought it was fabulous idea. The world could use more random acts of kindness, right? I wrote a few notes and while the idea of leaving notes for others was uplifting, it did nothing for my own eating disorder or body image. I could easily look at another woman and see she was beautiful, but looking at myself, I can't say the same. I think Caitlin means well with her intentions, but it's almost a joke hearing her say we should all stop fat-talking when she's never really been fat to begin with herself. I recognize her credibility shouldn't have to do with her size, but Caitlin specifically doesn't seem to really believe what she says. Since giving birth, Caitlin has publicly voiced her frustrations about not losing weight as quickly as she had hoped. Knowing firsthand how hard it was to see my body change throughout pregnancy and then after birth, I know her thoughts are normal. However, not once has Caitlin said of her new body that it was "beautiful". This just leads me to believe this whole movement was just a fluke and Caitlin only goes along with it because it brings in money. Caitlin could have wrote a fantastic memoir-type book about her own story of overcoming fat-talk, but to group this book with self-help books is misleading. Someone who truly needs help would likely not benefit from this book, or any post-it for that matter.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jay on December 29, 2012
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Bought this book because I enjoyed the author's blog, but it was a major disappointment. The author has ZERO credentials and is simply writing her opinion on big topics. She asked others to submit their work and she compiled it as "research"- there's nothing original or any real data.

I will probably donate my copy to Goodwill as it's currently collecting dust.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beachcatt on July 1, 2014
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I really enjoy this book and use it as a pick-me-up when life sucks! I have even been motivated to leave a few notes myself. The fact is, you never know when someone might need your little pep talk-on-a-sticky and what's wrong with spreading some cheer once in a while?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By annette on February 22, 2014
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I enjoyed reading the book.
It did seem to be more of a bunch of testimonials than what I expected, though.
Still I will be letting my 11 yr read this, as I think this would be good for her to read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kirstin on January 18, 2012
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I mainly bought this book because I loved that it would contain many post-it-notes and positive mantras in order to help us all become happier within ourselves. However I didn't realise how it had so much more than quotes, post-its and sayings. It really is such an amazing book and whether you are happy or sad about yourself anyone can benefit from this book. So inspiring!
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42 of 63 people found the following review helpful By SW on November 17, 2011
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Fabulous -- here's a book written by a skinny girl who has never struggled with her weight telling us we can all feel empowered simply by leaving and finding sticky notes that tell us we're beautiful.
I have been anorexic. I have been obese. And I can tell you that it is absolutely ridiculous and juvenile to suggest that someone deep in the grips of an eating disorder, or someone who truly feels horrible about the way they look, will just magically feel better by reading a positive sticky note left by a total stranger.
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By Lisa Ferriman on April 22, 2014
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Shipping was very quick. Book in great condition and very interesting reading. I love the concept of operation beautiful. A must read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on January 7, 2013
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Very positive book. It's a must read for anyone that needs a pick me up. I tried my own operation beautiful.
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