Tuesday 14 May 2013

Appetites Blog Tour - Review

Appetites by Karen Frankola
When Sarah suddenly hears from Harry, the Brit she almost married twenty years ago, she decides now is the time to change her life. Sarah has a great job in Manhattan, but she considers herself too fat to have a boyfriend. Harry is visiting New York in four months and she wants to turn back into the girl he fell in love with. Since she can never stick to a diet, she comes up with a drastic solution.

Sarah asks her sister Max to lock her up in her basement and feed her nothing but healthy meals. Max, a struggling waitress, agrees begrudgingly. She's skinny, but has her own set of appetites—for drink, drugs, and great-looking losers.

Sarah thinks a summer in Max’s basement will give her a new body, a chance to reconnect with Harry, and the friendship she’s long craved from her sister. But things quickly go wrong. Max's drinking leads her to neglect Sarah, who figures out how to get out of the basement. Sarah develops an obsession with Max's boyfriend and manages to fulfill a sexual fantasy by pretending to be something she's not.

Can Sarah turn back time with Harry or will she and Max kill each other first? Can either sister ever learn to say no?

Author Bio: 

Karen Frankola wrote Appetites to explore the hard choices women make in love and work. Karen spent much of her career writing very short stories at news organizations like CNN and MSNBC, so creating a novel was challenging. She now does a variety of writing for corporations and nonprofit organizations. Karen is lucky enough to work mostly from home, with her dog Rascal curled up under her desk.
Karen grew up near Pittsburgh, where she spent much of her childhood reading books in the cemetery that bordered her family’s backyard.  Karen moved to nine different states and England.  Some of her favorite jobs were teaching journalism at the University of Missouri, working as a television news director, and handling video shoots for Deloitte around the world.  She also spent a summer repairing motors at a steel mill and hopes to soon publish a coming-of-age memoir about that experience.
Karen and her husband Troy now reside  in Durham, North Carolina, where they enjoy watching deer in the woods behind their house, lots of live music, beautiful biking trails, and great neighbors.
Karen is working on a sequel to Appetites and would love to hear what you think of it.

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Source: eARC for Honest Review
My Review...

I thought this book was interesting.  It was crazy the lengths that Sarah went through in order to lose wait and battle her own demons. I don't know if it was Sarah's personal demons that made her negative and at times mean spirited but no matter what her weight was at she was always selfish.

I am a bigger girl in real life and it always saddens me in reality and fiction of how people can't see past the fat and don't realize why that person is the way that they are.  I felt this book covered Sarah's lack of will power and concept of self hate well.

It was hard to fully love Sarah because of all her lies, negativity and selfishness but the more Sarah starts to like her self the more I was able to like her as well.

At the same time while Sarah's is living in the basement you get to see her and Max's terrible sister relationship and see Max's struggles with her own demons and addictions.

Even though there were drastic choices in the end it was what built the bridge to over come change, acceptance, love, hope and second chances.

I loved the concept of love that measures over time but it broke my heart when Sarah's selfish ways screwed it up once again and now we have a potential cliff hanger and I have not a hot clue if there is going to be book 2 to find out if it all works out. Grrrrr!

I did like this story and I REALLY need to know if there will be a book 2 to find out what happens

3 Thumbs Up!
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