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Slim to None [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Gardiner
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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Abbie Jennings is Manhattan's top food critic until her expanding waistline makes staying incognito at restaurants impossible. Her cover blown on Page Six of the New York Post, her editor has no choice but to bench her—and suggest she use the time off to bench-press her way back to anonymity. Abbie’s life has been built around her career, and therefore around celebrating food. Forced to drop the pounds if she wants her primo gig back, Abbie must peel back the layers of her past and confront the fears that have led to her current life.

"Satisfying as a Thanksgiving dinner at Mom's... Jenny Gardiner's heroine gives us a sarcastic but provocative look at our love-hate relationship with food. You'll eat this up in one sitting. – AD HUDLER, bestselling author of Househusband and Man of the House

With a strong yet delightfully vulnerable voice, food critic Abbie Jennings embarks on a soulful journey where her love for banana cream pie and disdain for ill-fitting Spanx clash in hilarious and heartbreaking ways. As her body balloons and her personal life crumbles, Abbie must face the pain and secret fears she’s held inside for far too long. I cheered for her the entire way. – Beth Hoffman, bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

"Jenny Gardiner has done it again - this fun, fast-paced book is a great
summer read." – Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Opposite of Me

Product Details

  • File Size: 1020 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098290505X
  • Publisher: Diversion Books (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003K15N9E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, touching, left me hungry for more May 28, 2010
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Jenny Gardiner's new novel, Slim to None, starts with a marvelous premise. Abby Jenning's, the food critic for a major New York newspaper, eats her way out of her job. One of the job requirements of reviewing restaurants is to remain incognito. After a photo of her appears in a competing newspaper, and her girth makes the prospect of disguising herself unlikely, her editor reassigns Abby to a desk job for six months. In that time she needs to lose weight, as well as come to terms with her relationship with food, her husband and a family she didn't know existed. She is assisted in her efforts by a homeless man who may not be as he seems, her dog Cognac, and a philandering friend. She must also do battle with a decidedly sneaky and corrupt colleague, who is standing in for her as restaurant reviewer and wants her job on a permanent basis.

The book is very funny, often unexpectedly touching and insightful. It also includes recipes at the end of many of the chapters. Overall it left me hungry for chicken and crab with cheese in phyllo and for more of Jenny Gardner's writing. Jenny Gardiner's Slim to None is simply great fun.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slim to None Chance You Won't Like It! May 16, 2011
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I bought this book based on reviews and wasn't disappointed. As someone who isn't a twenty-something but still likes "Chick Lit", I appreciated that the main character was a little older and contemplating some major life issues. It's a very entertaining and easy read with more depth/drama (but no tears, promise!) than typical in these types of books. I thought it was a light read that was resolved - but not predictably - at the end. At the same time, there's room for more to come, so I hope the author writes more books in the series! One of the best books in this genre that I've read in a while. (Agreeing with previous reviewers, there are a few minor editing errors; if 4.5 rating was possible, with the 1/2 star reduction based only on this.)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slim to None October 28, 2010
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Abbie Jennings loves her job as Manhattan's top food critic- until her identity is revealed and her unflattering picture with ever-expanding waistline is splashed across the newspapers. She becomes the joke of the town as the overweight food lover, and promptly loses her job at the New York Post since she can no longer go incognito to restaurants. Abbie takes this opportunity to finally go on that diet and shed some pounds, but struggles with motivation and the reasoning behind her relationship with food. To add to Abbie's problems, she is going through a difficult time with her husband, who is trying to persuade her to leave the city and finally start a family. It takes the guidance of an unusual friend to finally help Abbie see what she really wants out of life.

Slim to None by Jenny Gardiner is a good story. I didn't get real invested in the main character, and some off the story lines seemed just a bit off for me. I did like the plot, and the descriptions of some of the delectable dishes made me start eating while reading, but it just wasn't enough. Sometimes, Abbie's character came off as incredibly selfish, never really listening to her husband and continually doing things the way she wanted. There is also a best friend in the story, who I never could quite figure out what she was doing there. She popped up at random times, and during most of the meat of the story, she wasn't mentioned at all, only to return once again at the end. I found myself confused throughout the duration, as the writing was a bit all over the place and jumping from scene to scene without any real fluidity. Like I said earlier, I did like the story, I thought it was interesting though not necessarily unique, and I believe some good life lessons can be taken away from the main character's troubles. Slim to None won't be on my Favorites List, but I think some other chick lit lovers will be able to appreciate this story.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me?? November 8, 2011
By Nel001
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Ok. So seriously? This book was so bad. I rarely write book reviews, and this may seem mean, but this book was so bad and here's why: (*spoiler alert*)
I'm going to pretend the Kindle edition, (that's the one I read) apparently didn't have spell check, or an editor and move on to other things that really bothered me. As an overweight person, I have recently begun going to the gym and have changed my lifestyle (food and activity) to lose weight. When I read the synopsis of this book, I thought, wow! What better book to read at the gym, while also working off the pounds?! I could not have been more wrong. For anyone with intelligence and the knowledge of ever being slightly to not-so-slightly overweight, this book was insulting, both to fat people and intelligent people alike. It was packed full of fat jokes, old, not the slightest bit funny fat jokes and a premise that was so over-played that it was completely predictable. The only thing I was hoping for throughout the book was that her loving husband would finally realize what a horrible selfish person she was and leave her. (See, I told you I was going to be mean.)
The book, which I thought would be great for working out included a recipe at the beginning of almost each chapter of some decadent heavy calorie meal or dessert, which just added to the annoyance of this read. So I am supposed to read about your struggles with weight loss and relate this to my own life, and oh! Thanks for throwing in that recipe for a super banana cream pie. That was really helpful! As soon as I stop sweating out my Halloween candy on the treadmill, I'll get right in the kitchen and make that.
The only reason I finished this book was the hope that maybe, just maybe it might get better. But it never did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but no real story suprises
All in all, a fast entertaining read. Pros - funny, a "fat" everyday main character, some good insights on weight and women and self-worth. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Peggy B
3.0 out of 5 stars Just for fun
This was a quick and enjoyable read. There were a lot of good recipes too that I have used several times.
Published 29 days ago by ewarswick
3.0 out of 5 stars yummy recipes
This is a story that dwells mainly on food and family. Lots of yummy recipes. Abbie is a woman who deals with her problems with food. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AMK
3.0 out of 5 stars Slim to None
Slow moving, no captivating plot.
Published 2 months ago by Dianne Batchelder
3.0 out of 5 stars Light and easy Read
This offering from Jenny Gardiner was a light and easy read. The premise was fun, the story itself enjoyable, and the pacing fairly even. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars Abbie was hard to like at first: but what emerges is a struggle that...
My first encounter with this author, and this foodie coming to grips story was engaging, if difficult at times. And the whole reason for the difficulty was Abbie herself. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gaele
3.0 out of 5 stars Feel-good chick lit
Slim to None is the story of Abbie's journey after she is outed as one New York's top restaurant critic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I was given a copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for my review. Well what can I say from a book that has recipes, love, heartache, loads of JOY and LAUGHTER from a new to me... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fiona Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars A wuick fun snack
Clever and cute. Annie's travails with food, family and professional rivals made for an interesting read.
Published 2 months ago by nancy f young
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Finish It
As a foodie, I wanted to like this book. I love books that are quick reads and give delicious descriptions of food. I read a lot of books like this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Melissa Smith
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More About the Author

Hi! I'm the author of the #1 Kindle bestselling novel SLIM TO NONE; the award-winning novel SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER; the novel SOMETHING IN THE HEIR (1st in the IT'S REIGNING MEN series); the memoir WINGING IT: A MEMOIR OF CARING FOR A VENGEFUL PARROT WHO'S DETERMINED TO KILL ME (Simon Spotlight/March 2010)--> now renamed BITE ME: A PARROT, A FAMILY AND A WHOLE LOT OF FLESH WOUNDS and available digitally; ANYWHERE BUT HERE; ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE; and WHERE THE HEART IS; as well as the essay collection NAKED MAN ON MAIN STREET. I also have a short story in Wade Rouse's fabulous anthology of humorous dog stories, I'M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP that features such authors as Jen Lancaster, Rita Mae Brown, Sarah Pekkanen, and more. I've published two stories for Kindle: THE GALL OF IT ALL: And None of the Three F's Rhymes with Duck, and IDOL WORSHIP: A Lost Week with the Wackos and Wannabes at American Idol Auditions.

I've had pieces appear in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post and on NPR's Day to Day. I joke that I honed my fiction writing skills while working as a publicist for a US Senator. Other jobs I've held have included: an orthodontic assistant (learning quite readily that I wasn't cut out for a career in polyester), a waitress (probably my highest-paying job), a TV reporter, a pre-obituary writer, and a photographer (claim to fame: being hired to shoot Prince Charles--with a camera, silly!). I live in Virginia with my husband, three kids, two dogs, one cat, one rabbit and a gregarious parrot. In my free time I study Italian, dream of traveling to exotic locales, and feel very guilty for rarely attempting to clean the house. Visit me at my website,; my blog, ; my facebook fan page , or twitter

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