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Book Review: Losing It By Helen Lederer Offers Light Entertainment

Book Review: Losing It By Helen Lederer Offers Light EntertainmentLosing It on February 12th 2015
Pages: 458
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Millie was at one time quite well known for various TV and radio appearances. However, she now has no money, a best friend with a better sex life than her, a daughter in Papua New Guinea and too much weight in places she really doesn't want it.When she's asked to be the front woman for a new diet pill, she naively believes that all her troubles will be solved. She will have money, the weight will be gone, and maybe she'll get more sex.If only life was really that easy. It doesn't take her long to realize it's going to take more than a diet pill to solve her never-ending woes...

Book Review: Losing It By Helen Lederer Offers Light EntertainmentLosing It by Helen Lederer is the comic tale of a middle-aged Z lister, Millie. She was once a celebrity of sorts but those days are gone and she is now in debt, divorced and desperate. Just as things are starting to look really bleak for Millie, a fantastic opportunity comes her way, giving her that chance to finally sort her life out. She is offered ยฃ20,000 to lose weight. Seems like a pretty good deal right? The problem is, Millie has absolutely no willpower and cutting down on the amount she eats proves to be pretty difficult for her. But no weight loss, no money. After an eye opening trip to Papua New Guinea to visit her daughter, Millie truly begins her weight loss journey. It’s full of ups and downs (mostly downs), but will she pull it together and meet her weight loss target and get the money she so desperately needs?

Losing It reminds me a lot of Bridget Jones. She’s just a little bit (*very) tragic and I think every woman will be able to see a bit of themselves in Millie. She’s desperate, single, and she can’t keep her hands out of the fridge. We relate to her because she’s human. Maintaining a household, keeping a steady relationship, having a successful career and staying fit and healthy are all difficult things to do individually, let alone all at once, which is what a lot of women are expected to do these days. Millie fails and fails again, but she doesn’t stop trying so you find yourself rooting for Millie, willing her to succeed as if her success will guarantee yours too. If Millie can do it, there’s hope for us all.

Although the novel focuses on Millie’s life, the host of supporting characters are all incredibly entertaining in their own ways as well, which makes the story far more interesting. There are numerous sub-plots including one about Millie’s daughter and one about her best friend. Her daughter’s boyfriend, a Papua New Guinean, Eugene, is just very strange and doesn’t speak particularly good English and you can imagine being thoroughly weirded out by him if you were to meet him in real life. There’s also Millie’s boss, Esther, who is stern and unforgiving, but you (unexpectedly) grow to love her by the end of the novel.

The plot doesn’t have all that much to it really as it’s Millie as a character that is the main focus of the novel. Sure, lots of funny things happen, but they’re all pretty mundane things that would happen in day-to-day life that are only made funny by the fact that they all happen to Millie. There are some laugh out loud moments, however, and you can’t get through a single page without Millie blundering something or other. Lederer’s sense of humour is great and it really shines through in this story. Whilst some moments are laugh-out-loud hilarious, readers will go through the majority of this story silently mocking Millie and scoffing at how pathetic she is at times. That said, it will no doubt be in the back of every woman’s mind that she could very well be in the same position as Millie one day.

In conclusion, Helen Lederer’s Losing It is a great read for those looking for some light entertainment. The story is an easy read that you’ll easily get through in just one short afternoon. This will probably appeal most to middle aged women, especially those going through a bit of a crisis, as Millie embodies the everyday woman. Perfect for fans of Dawn French and Sue Townsend, this is a great piece of women’s fiction that you will no doubt enjoy.

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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26 Comments

  1. Roxana Zuziac
    12th February 2015 / 8:59 PM

    As you say that it is a easy read, I think I'm gonna give it a try in the summer, it would be refreshing after all the books I have to read for college ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Laura Hartley
      13th April 2015 / 5:19 PM

      Yep it's definitely very different to the stuff I read at university that's for sure!!

  2. Cali Willette
    13th April 2015 / 1:47 AM

    Good review. I like nice easy reads for relaxation.

    • 13th April 2015 / 5:21 PM

      Thanks! I find a lot of good books are actually quite stressful because of all the plot twists haha

  3. Ashfa
    15th April 2015 / 11:35 AM

    Ah! This looks like a book I really have to read. I really need a break from all the fantasy books I've been devouring lately. First time I'm seeing this book and love the cover! Thanks for getting it under my radar ๐Ÿ™‚ Great review.

    • 18th April 2015 / 6:11 PM

      This would definitely be the perfect book if you&#39re looking for a break from fantasy! Definitely none of that here.. Apart from Millie&#39s fantasies that is ;p Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Rhian Westbury
    5th February 2016 / 2:46 PM

    Just mentioning that it reminds you about Bridget Jones makes me want to read it. I might have to add this to my March to do list, thanks for the review x

  5. Bex Smith
    5th February 2016 / 3:23 PM

    I will have to pick this up, was unaware Helen Lederer had a book out!

  6. 5th February 2016 / 3:27 PM

    It’s nice to read light entertainment every once and a while, isn’t it? I don’t read much fiction, so a lot of the time what I’m reading is quite hard-going! xo

  7. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    5th February 2016 / 3:44 PM

    I need something lighthearted to read, so I will add this to my list ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 5th February 2016 / 4:24 PM

    This sounds like a book that we can all relate to, I am sure at some point in our lives we think a miracle cure will solve everything.

  9. London Mum
    5th February 2016 / 6:55 PM

    I’ve read this and I was so so about it. I did enjoy it but it didn’t grab me like some other books did.

  10. 5th February 2016 / 7:08 PM

    I like light entertainment when I want to unwind before bed or on a train and would like my mind to wonder but still be productive at the same time. This sounds like it fits the bill!

  11. 5th February 2016 / 8:36 PM

    oh I have read one of her books before and enjoyed it so I am going to guess I would enjoy this one too

  12. 5th February 2016 / 10:45 PM

    I have never read her books, but it sounds like my sort of book, will add it to my list x

  13. Camilla
    5th February 2016 / 11:54 PM

    I love Helen Lederer so I’m sure I’d love her book too:-)

  14. 6th February 2016 / 4:00 AM

    This sounds exactly like something I would love. I am so excited to have heard of it now.

  15. Kacie Morgan
    6th February 2016 / 1:19 PM

    Sounds like a great storyline, I like that it wouldn’t take me too long to read too ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 6th February 2016 / 5:34 PM

    This is the sort of book that I would probably really enjoy.

  17. 6th February 2016 / 7:37 PM

    Ohh I have to admit this sounds good – I’ve got out of reading of late perhaps this is just what I need.

  18. Laura Haley
    6th February 2016 / 8:11 PM

    This sounds like a great read, I’ve added it to my list.

  19. Charli-Blogs
    7th February 2016 / 3:13 PM

    This sounds something that I’d like, I’m going to download it to my kindle ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Beautyqueenuk
    7th February 2016 / 3:32 PM

    This sounds like the kind of book I need to be reading when I am in a foul mood x

  21. sarah Lea
    7th February 2016 / 3:40 PM

    I’ve not heard of this book before but I’d quite like to read it! I’ll certainly be looking out for it, I am always looking for new books to read! Thank you for sharing xx

  22. 8th February 2016 / 12:10 AM

    I’ve not heard of the book before but it really does sounds like a good read. I’d love to have a little read

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