I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. It is most satirical than I expected, for one thing and the writing is "meh." I hard a hard time finishing, but I did.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Fad Diets are stupid. Author Rebecca Harrington is a really smart person who wrote a book about this stupid subject. Celebrities hold limited interest for me, perhaps not so for others. This book was probably a bad match for me. Rebecca Harrington is also rather young and quite thin. She does not need any diet. She certainly does not need Beyoncé's Master Cleanse diet, inspired by Tom Hanks, who lost fifty pounds for his role in "Cast Away." Okay, I realize that authors do stupid things so they can write about them. A.J. Jacobs spent a year living "Biblically," doing what the literal reading of the Bible instructs. Then, he wrote an informative, entertaining book about it. He also read the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica, then wrote "The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World," which was also rather interesting. I guess Harrington's 161 page book on her experience following 14 celebrity diets, in my view, did not provide adequate material for an entire book. It did reveal some of the absolutely bizarre ideas on nutrition of famous people, but it left me hungry (sorry). Note: the pre-publication version that I read did not contain illustrations, so I cannot comment on them. Hilarious? I wasn't laughing. I found it mildly amusing, at best. Yes, I do enjoy humor, but more like that of Laurie Notaro, Bill Bryson or J. Maarten Troost. Maybe I'm just too old for this . . . my days of fad diets are long behind me.
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