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From the bestselling and beloved author of Coming Clean, a brave and witty examination of how and why we try to control our bodies with food. Like most people, Kimberly Rae Miller does not have the perfect body, but that hasn't stopped her from trying. And trying. And trying some more. She's been at it since she was four years old, when Sesame Street inspired her to go on From the bestselling and beloved author of Coming Clean, a brave and witty examination of how and why we try to control our bodies with food. Like most people, Kimberly Rae Miller does not have the perfect body, but that hasn't stopped her from trying. And trying. And trying some more. She's been at it since she was four years old, when Sesame Street inspired her to go on her first diet. Postcollege, after a brief stint as a diet-pill model, she became a health-and-fitness writer and editor working on celebrities' bestselling bios—sugarcoating the trials and tribulations celebs endure to stay thin. Needless to say, Kim has spent her life in pursuit of the ideal body. But what is the ideal body? Knowing she's far from alone in this struggle, Kim sets out to find the objective definition of this seemingly unattainable level of perfection. While on a fascinating and hilarious journey through time that takes her from obese Paleolithic cavewomen, to the bland menus that Drs. Graham and Kellogg prescribed to promote good morals in addition to good health, to the binge-drinking-prone regimen that caused William the Conqueror's body to explode at his own funeral, Kim ends up discovering a lot about her relationship with her own body. Warm, funny, and brutally honest, Beautiful Bodies is a blend of memoir and social history that will speak to anyone who's ever been caught in a power struggle with his or her own body—in other words, just about everyone.


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From the bestselling and beloved author of Coming Clean, a brave and witty examination of how and why we try to control our bodies with food. Like most people, Kimberly Rae Miller does not have the perfect body, but that hasn't stopped her from trying. And trying. And trying some more. She's been at it since she was four years old, when Sesame Street inspired her to go on From the bestselling and beloved author of Coming Clean, a brave and witty examination of how and why we try to control our bodies with food. Like most people, Kimberly Rae Miller does not have the perfect body, but that hasn't stopped her from trying. And trying. And trying some more. She's been at it since she was four years old, when Sesame Street inspired her to go on her first diet. Postcollege, after a brief stint as a diet-pill model, she became a health-and-fitness writer and editor working on celebrities' bestselling bios—sugarcoating the trials and tribulations celebs endure to stay thin. Needless to say, Kim has spent her life in pursuit of the ideal body. But what is the ideal body? Knowing she's far from alone in this struggle, Kim sets out to find the objective definition of this seemingly unattainable level of perfection. While on a fascinating and hilarious journey through time that takes her from obese Paleolithic cavewomen, to the bland menus that Drs. Graham and Kellogg prescribed to promote good morals in addition to good health, to the binge-drinking-prone regimen that caused William the Conqueror's body to explode at his own funeral, Kim ends up discovering a lot about her relationship with her own body. Warm, funny, and brutally honest, Beautiful Bodies is a blend of memoir and social history that will speak to anyone who's ever been caught in a power struggle with his or her own body—in other words, just about everyone.

30 review for Beautiful Bodies: A Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a finished copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. Heartbreaking and intensely relatable with scientific research interwoven between stories of Miller's personal journey, BEAUTIFUL BODIES is required reading. No one in modern society can deny how diet-obsessed US culture has become, and Miller has a perfect view of this world via her writing career and her own fixation on weight and body image. As a 30-something mother of 3, I have per Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a finished copy of this book for review - all opinions are my own. Heartbreaking and intensely relatable with scientific research interwoven between stories of Miller's personal journey, BEAUTIFUL BODIES is required reading. No one in modern society can deny how diet-obsessed US culture has become, and Miller has a perfect view of this world via her writing career and her own fixation on weight and body image. As a 30-something mother of 3, I have personally struggled with much of what Miller describes and have read extensively and worked with professionals on diet culture, Intuitive Eating and body acceptance, leading me to officially throw away my scale in May of 2016. Knowing that exact date indicates how personal Miller's story is to me and how much I appreciate her frankness in how she shares her story......and how much it means to me that she never claims to be "fixed". Her refusal to tie this book and issue up with a bow is indicative of the true nature of the problem and the lifelong nature of weight obsession. The science and historical anecdotes shared throughout the book were fascinating and gave me a much better understanding of how many current diet and exercise trends came to be in the modern world. I applaud Miller for writing this book and for pushing this issue to readers - BEAUTIFUL BODIES needs to be read not just by women, but by every woman, man who knows a woman, and especially parents. Understanding how complex and rooted in history our fixation on body size is can at least bring the topic up for discussion - a worthy goal for all if we hope to break this cycle.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Romie

    It’s always difficult to read about someone else’s struggles with her weight, especially when you can relate. The author and I probably have at least ten years between us, and yet I could relate, which shows that how world hasn’t changed that much between when she was a kid and now. We still judge little girls - and little boys, though I think they struggle more when they’re teenagers and people expect them to have a six pack - about their weight. It’s like, if your girl, your supposed to have thi It’s always difficult to read about someone else’s struggles with her weight, especially when you can relate. The author and I probably have at least ten years between us, and yet I could relate, which shows that how world hasn’t changed that much between when she was a kid and now. We still judge little girls - and little boys, though I think they struggle more when they’re teenagers and people expect them to have a six pack - about their weight. It’s like, if your girl, your supposed to have this perfect body even when you’re 5. It’s scary to think we start dieting so young, just because the society we live in is cruel towards fat people. I perfectly remember the age I was when I started getting the ‘you’re too fat’ comments, or when I started dieting for the first time. And I was too young. I was too young, and I should never had gone through this. When we think of it, adults are to blame : adults in general and our parents. You may think I'm harsh but it's the truth. This book shows what's wrong in our society, because we should never feel the need to lose weight just to look good. Also this misconception that if you're fast you're not healthy, and you're healthy then you're thin, needs to stop. RIGHT NOW. One has nothing to do with the other. 3.5 Thank you Netgalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Gunderman-Harris

    A brave woman who was more than willing to do the work to see what made the ideal body and what made them ideal. Kimberly Rae Miller was willing to delve into uncharted territory in order to get her answer as to why and what is the ideal body. After dealing with her own struggles loving her body since she was 4, she was more than willing to go for the gold when it came to the answers that she wanted. She knew as an average woman that dieting was normal, especially in todays society. While growin A brave woman who was more than willing to do the work to see what made the ideal body and what made them ideal. Kimberly Rae Miller was willing to delve into uncharted territory in order to get her answer as to why and what is the ideal body. After dealing with her own struggles loving her body since she was 4, she was more than willing to go for the gold when it came to the answers that she wanted. She knew as an average woman that dieting was normal, especially in todays society. While growing up she had many issues being able to love her body, unlike other girls she wasn't tall, and super skinny like so many girls are. She had trouble with diets and realized that they didn't all work. While writing about the fitness/diet world she was able to see why so many diets didn't work. Kimberly shared her struggles along side so many women that can relate, and goes through the earliest dietary regulations that are still held up to this day. She goes through research that was done years ago to prove why so many people have issues loving their bodies. With so many people who deal with eating disorders and have bod dysmorphic disorder it is no wonder so many people don't love their bodies. Our bodies aren't always portrayed the best way especially in social media and print media. It is always about being the skinniest and not always the healthiest. There are so many ways in which I can relate to Kimberly and how she felt about her body, her struggles with eating and nutrition. It is something many people go through and could learn from her and her approach with this memoir. As someone who has struggled with eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorders it is such a challenging issue to be able to handle. Because you have to eat to live, not always living to eat. And that within itself Is the hardest battle that people deal with. Because food is legal it is so much more accessible that drugs. And no matter what you do you have to have it to survive. Knowing that there are so many other people that deal with the issues that I deal with on a daily basis is a comfort because I'm not alone. Someone else understands my thought process when I see a Starbucks drink and snack that I really want, but my brain is saying something completely different. With all of the body shaming that happens in the world today no wonder so many people don't like their bodies. It is hard to love your body when so many other people are saying you shouldn't. This memoir hit home on so many levels, and I cant give it enough praise! There are so many things to be said about this book, starting with everyone should read this. Whether you love your body or not. Maybe it would give better understanding to those that don't, and those that do! ​ Disclaimer: Thank you so much to NetGalley and Little A publishing for the early release copy. All opinions stated are my own and not influenced by the exchange.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marla (Not Maria)

    Several things that Kim wrote about makes me think of my life growing up. I have always been overweight and I've always wondered if my body is made to be small. I don't think it is. I remember probably in middle school taking some popular diet pills and then as I was an adult they were taken off the market for being dangerous. I've tried all kinds of things and now that I'm in my 50's I'm working on repairing my metabolism with the Fast Metabolism Diet, which is not starving me. In fact I usuall Several things that Kim wrote about makes me think of my life growing up. I have always been overweight and I've always wondered if my body is made to be small. I don't think it is. I remember probably in middle school taking some popular diet pills and then as I was an adult they were taken off the market for being dangerous. I've tried all kinds of things and now that I'm in my 50's I'm working on repairing my metabolism with the Fast Metabolism Diet, which is not starving me. In fact I usually have too much food to eat. But at least I'm not bloated anymore. I'm also coming to terms that I don't look that bad, I'm healthy (except for 11 years ago when I went through cancer treatment), I workout regularly and I eat healthy 90% of the time. Like Kim I've realized I have spent my entire life obsessing with my weight when I should have just been enjoying myself instead of worrying about if I can eat something or not. I find what Kim writes about in this book probably the majority of the female population has gone through. It's a sad state of affairs when we are so image/weight obsessed instead of just dealing with life. Life is too short.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stacey A. Prose and Palate

    Heartbreaking, honest, hilarious and incredibly well researched, Kimberly Rae Miller's Beautiful Bodies is an informative and wonderful read that I will be recommending to every one for a long time to come. If you have every struggled with your appearance, this book is for you. If you have ever felt that you are not good enough, this book is for you. If you have ever had any body issues in any capacity at all, this book is for you. And if you are that rare creature who is completely confident in Heartbreaking, honest, hilarious and incredibly well researched, Kimberly Rae Miller's Beautiful Bodies is an informative and wonderful read that I will be recommending to every one for a long time to come. If you have every struggled with your appearance, this book is for you. If you have ever felt that you are not good enough, this book is for you. If you have ever had any body issues in any capacity at all, this book is for you. And if you are that rare creature who is completely confident in every way and loves everything about herself, this book is still for you. @kimberlyraemiller is a woman whose words you need to read. She is smart, she is insightful, she is open and reading this book felt like I was having a conversation with an old friend, recounting our victories and our failures as we attempted to attain what society has deemed “the ideal look” for us should be. I loved everything about her writing and her candor and I promise that you will too. Beautiful Bodies is available now in bookstores everywhere and you need a copy of this in your personal library. Thank you so much to Kate Olson for passing this copy along to me! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Kiessling

    First I would like to thank NetGalley and publisher for allowing me access to this title and for granting me my wish!!! 😊 Being a woman with a negative body image and weight Issues myself ( the reason why I requested this title) this has always been a very hard topic for me to discuss and also very emotional. I admire the author for sharing her struggles and for her honesty as she shares, reveals, and acknowledges her imperfections to her readers. I enjoyed that the author backed up her informati First I would like to thank NetGalley and publisher for allowing me access to this title and for granting me my wish!!! 😊 Being a woman with a negative body image and weight Issues myself ( the reason why I requested this title) this has always been a very hard topic for me to discuss and also very emotional. I admire the author for sharing her struggles and for her honesty as she shares, reveals, and acknowledges her imperfections to her readers. I enjoyed that the author backed up her information with insights from history, genetics and, research and incorporates this in her own personal story. I absolutely love this book! Kimberly Rae Miller, thank you so much for sharing your story! Definitely recommended!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    "You can only change yourself if you love yourself." "People can, on average, lose 10 to 15 percent of their body weight easily and successfully with just about any diet that restricts calories through one ploy or another, but in time 97 percent will gain it back with interest, leaving them in worse health than they would have been in if they had just not dieted to begin with." "Love yourself anyway. You don't have to be a size two to be beautiful. Life's too short to never eat cake." There was a l "You can only change yourself if you love yourself." "People can, on average, lose 10 to 15 percent of their body weight easily and successfully with just about any diet that restricts calories through one ploy or another, but in time 97 percent will gain it back with interest, leaving them in worse health than they would have been in if they had just not dieted to begin with." "Love yourself anyway. You don't have to be a size two to be beautiful. Life's too short to never eat cake." There was a lot of historical information about diets and weight loss which didn't interest me much, but I was able to relate to a lot of Miller's personal struggles. In the end, we all need to love ourselves and each other a little more. This served as a good reminder.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mehrsa

    A well done memoir about a life obsessed with fat. It's depressing how much energy we spend obsessing on our bodies. If all the smart women put all that energy into defeating the patriarchy instead, we could just change perceptions about what it means to have a perfect body. It seems like it might be easier to fight that than try to make ourselves conform to the arbitrary standards. I have not personally had a struggle with weight, but there was enough in here that I could totally resonate. A well done memoir about a life obsessed with fat. It's depressing how much energy we spend obsessing on our bodies. If all the smart women put all that energy into defeating the patriarchy instead, we could just change perceptions about what it means to have a perfect body. It seems like it might be easier to fight that than try to make ourselves conform to the arbitrary standards. I have not personally had a struggle with weight, but there was enough in here that I could totally resonate.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aisling

    This is absolutely great. It's great because we've all been there; distressed about our bodies and somehow tricked into thinking that zero calories is the optimum amount. Cutting carbs, counting macros, pretending we like kale. Kimberley Rae Miller has written her story with an honesty that is really affecting. Her focus and obsession on food and weight for the entirety of her life is distressing to read- but in reality, she is no different to the myriad of other people on this planet who feel e This is absolutely great. It's great because we've all been there; distressed about our bodies and somehow tricked into thinking that zero calories is the optimum amount. Cutting carbs, counting macros, pretending we like kale. Kimberley Rae Miller has written her story with an honesty that is really affecting. Her focus and obsession on food and weight for the entirety of her life is distressing to read- but in reality, she is no different to the myriad of other people on this planet who feel exactly the same way, all the time. Her relationships, both with her parents and her significant others (including her husband) and her career are explored openly throughout her story. Miller lets you see the pain of this absolute nonsense obsession with weight that dominates our lives. It's a hard read (particularly as a woman who has been overweight) but it's a really good one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda Zagon

    Is there such a thing as being too thin? I don’t think I know too many people who haven’t tried one diet or another. In “BEAUTIFUL BODIES A Memoir” by Kimberly Rae Miller, bestselling author of “Coming Clean”(a book about Hoarding), she discusses her obsession with having a “beautiful or perfect body”. I appreciate and I am very impressed that Kimberly Rae Miller not only shares her experiences, but has done tremendous research into studies about the science of fat and weight loss. Kimberly became Is there such a thing as being too thin? I don’t think I know too many people who haven’t tried one diet or another. In “BEAUTIFUL BODIES A Memoir” by Kimberly Rae Miller, bestselling author of “Coming Clean”(a book about Hoarding), she discusses her obsession with having a “beautiful or perfect body”. I appreciate and I am very impressed that Kimberly Rae Miller not only shares her experiences, but has done tremendous research into studies about the science of fat and weight loss. Kimberly became very weight conscious when she was seven years old. Although she weighed 60 pounds, she felt somehow that she weighed 125 pounds like her mother. Even as a younger girl, Kimberly would watch Sesame Street and watching the Inuit people survive the cold by eating fat, Kimberly would sneak the fat her mother was cutting off the meat. Kimberly would absorb any information about dieting. As she got older, Kimberly tried out for some modeling assignments, and acting. As she matured, she constantly battled to be thin. She went on some extreme diets to try to win a Junior Beauty Pageant. She exercised to the extreme and starved herself. In this memoir, the author discusses her awareness, struggles and pain of not having the perfect body. When she finds that a boyfriend had been cheating with a “thin and petite” woman, she struggles emotionally with the fact that she was not good enough because she did not have the prefect body. Ironically, Kimberly worked for a media show that wanted someone “average size” to discuss health issues. Kimberly did research and did know facts, but realized every individual is different. Kimberly shares her struggles and growth and discusses how society puts certain demands for having a “beautiful body”. Kimberly also discusses about being happy, and showing acceptance of who we are. She talks about moderation and avoiding extremes. I certainly could relate to Kimberly’s struggles and acceptance, and would highly recommend this memoir for anyone who has to struggle with their weight, self-confidence, and acceptance. I received an ARE (Advanced Reading Edition) from the Publisher for my honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    My first Goodreads giveaway book. I enjoyed Coming Clean, and this one was also a memoir, instead focusing on her relationship with food and her body at different stages in life. It was a good light read and kept me interested.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kayo

    What every woman wishes they had read as a pre-teen. We all have some sort of body issue. This really hits home. Great book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eve beinguniquebooks

    In this memoir about lifestyle, nutrition and bodies, Kimberley opens up on her life and opinions about how harmful so called diet culture can be in modern day. Talking openly about her struggles with weight and anorexia like behaviour, to gaining all the weight back after another restrictive and dangerous diet. Talking about diet culture and media influence, as well as her own early modelling days and adults telling her younger self to watch her weight, we learn how damaging and worrying it plant In this memoir about lifestyle, nutrition and bodies, Kimberley opens up on her life and opinions about how harmful so called diet culture can be in modern day. Talking openly about her struggles with weight and anorexia like behaviour, to gaining all the weight back after another restrictive and dangerous diet. Talking about diet culture and media influence, as well as her own early modelling days and adults telling her younger self to watch her weight, we learn how damaging and worrying it plants itself into youngsters and still happens nowadays too. She also talks about refeeding syndrome and how it takes time to repair metabolic damage once it has occurred, it can take months to repair properly a damaged metabolism. Kimberley has opened her life to us for judging, relating and commiserating with through every high and low all women face she is brave and beautiful for doing so, any girl who has struggled will appreciate this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    I really wanted to like this book. Kimberly Rae Miller is such a likeable author. However, I could not quite get around the pity pot she seems to be rooted on. Successful careers, great husband, a dog---holy crap Kimberly ---quit whining about your weight and count your blessings! People have suffered far worse than you and not made a career out of it. I would recommend this book to friends just for the discussions it would engender. Life changing - no, fun read by an honest to a fault author - I really wanted to like this book. Kimberly Rae Miller is such a likeable author. However, I could not quite get around the pity pot she seems to be rooted on. Successful careers, great husband, a dog---holy crap Kimberly ---quit whining about your weight and count your blessings! People have suffered far worse than you and not made a career out of it. I would recommend this book to friends just for the discussions it would engender. Life changing - no, fun read by an honest to a fault author - absolutely.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I love this book! It is informative and opened my eyes to the relationship I have with food and with my body. Beautiful Bodies is an important book that I will keep on my bookshelf and pick up every few years as a gentle reminder to love myself and my body and all that it can do. I highly recommend this to every woman in my life - especially those I've traded diet and exercise tips with! Note: I received a free SIGNED copy of this book as a Goodreads Giveaway! All opinions expressed below are my I love this book! It is informative and opened my eyes to the relationship I have with food and with my body. Beautiful Bodies is an important book that I will keep on my bookshelf and pick up every few years as a gentle reminder to love myself and my body and all that it can do. I highly recommend this to every woman in my life - especially those I've traded diet and exercise tips with! Note: I received a free SIGNED copy of this book as a Goodreads Giveaway! All opinions expressed below are my own! Beautiful Bodies was the first I've read by Miller, having never actually knowingly read anything of hers. I didn't know what to expect when I started, but new it had to do with dieting and I adored the cover. Since this was a slim volume, I quickly picked it up. Don't judge this book by its size - it pack a big punch for such a small and cute package. Kimberly Rae makes even the most scientific evidence easily approachable while sharing anecdotes from her life. What woman hasn't had body image issues at some point in their life? This book was a motivating read for me, reminding me not to hate on my body, but rather love my body and be appreciative of what it does for me. I have never been a big dieter - I do not have anywhere near the willpower that Kimberly has. That being said, I still remember first paying attention to my body and comparing it to others in middle school. I was lucky to be one of the high metabolism children, but that didn't stop me from seriously restricting my caloric intake for a large majority of high school nor did it stop me from gaining weight and being unhappy with my body during college. I am happy to lead a pretty active lifestyle and my non-diet weight is comfortably in the average range, but I still deal with body image issues and think about calories and exercise more than I should. Part Four of this novel was my favorite part. I actually started tearing up (and I'm a pretty cold person in regards to crying during books) at two different parts. Kimberly's transition into looking at her body as a vessel for her unborn baby really seemed to help heal her. Instead of feeling uncomfortable, I left this book feeling hopeful. What more can I want in a memoir?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (everlasting.charm)

    This review first appeared at http://www.bookwormeverlasting.com/re... I don’t share personal matters about myself on the internet. I’ve never felt the need to. However, I think it’s important to know why I was eager to accept and review Beautiful Bodies. I hate my body. I’ve always hated my body. For as long as I can remember my body has been my enemy. I hated it when I was young and thin. I hate it now as a thirty-two year old, not-so-thin-after-birthing-three-children woman. Some days I won’t This review first appeared at http://www.bookwormeverlasting.com/re... I don’t share personal matters about myself on the internet. I’ve never felt the need to. However, I think it’s important to know why I was eager to accept and review Beautiful Bodies. I hate my body. I’ve always hated my body. For as long as I can remember my body has been my enemy. I hated it when I was young and thin. I hate it now as a thirty-two year old, not-so-thin-after-birthing-three-children woman. Some days I won’t eat in hopes of losing weight. Other days I gorge on food telling myself what’s the point in losing weight. Almost everyday I cry because I am so unhappy with my body. So, yes, just like our author I’ve had my struggles with body image and wondered if there really was such a thing as an ideal body image. I’m glad I read this book and the author felt comfortable enough to share with us her story about her own struggles. I was able to relate with her on numerous occasions, especially towards the end. Just like the author I hate taking pictures. I have hundreds of pictures of my children, but only a few of me with my children. I wear loose clothes and nondescript clothes because I don’t want to be noticed when I’m out in public - if I even go out in public. I also loved Miller’s honesty about her struggles and her imperfections and she was knowledgeable in the information she shared. I won’t say I finished this book a changed woman ready to feel confident about my body. It will take a whole lot more than a book to fix that. Beautiful Bodies did provide me with insight and comfort that I’m not alone in my negative body image and that one day it will be possible to learn to accept the one and only body I’ve been given. I think a lot of people could relate to Beautiful Bodies and should give it a try.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kellie Reynolds

    The author is an actress, fitness and food blogger, and a certified fitness trainer and spin instructor. I think she earned the two fitness certifications after she wrote this book. I read her previous memoir, which describes her experiences growing up with hoarder parents. The current book is a memoir describing her lifelong relationships with body image and dieting. Although much of her career is related to fitness, she had body image issues beginning at age 7. Like many women, she defined her The author is an actress, fitness and food blogger, and a certified fitness trainer and spin instructor. I think she earned the two fitness certifications after she wrote this book. I read her previous memoir, which describes her experiences growing up with hoarder parents. The current book is a memoir describing her lifelong relationships with body image and dieting. Although much of her career is related to fitness, she had body image issues beginning at age 7. Like many women, she defined her self worth based on her pant size. She made decisions about social activities based on her weight. She intersperses her memoir with information about the history of diets and the history of views on the ideal body. The historical information is not dense and provides good context for the personal story. The author’s story includes anecdotes on the effect of her body image on romantic relationships. When she started dating her husband, she thought he was too attractive to care for her. He was (and is) a very fit personal trainer. She describes many of her neurotic interactions with him. The book provides an important warning about the potential adverse effect of a chronic low calorie diet on metabolism. Her metabolism was a mess! It also appears that inadequate care by some physicians contributed to her body weight problems. Her personal story follows a logical chronological order. There is not a huge a-ha moment at the end of the book. It appears that her frequent writing on the topic plus her open discussion with her family about her weight allowed her to gradually make peace with her body. At the end of the book she clearly states where she is, how she feels about her body, and what she expects in the future.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I've been really into food and body image and cultural trends this year as far as reading interest and thought I'd give this one a shot. It was okay. As an American woman, I have had my fair share of negative body thoughts, of wishing my thighs were a little tinier or that I didn't have a bit of a gut (albeit, I recognize, a small-ish gut). However, I have never dieted officially, weigh myself maybe...5 times a year maximum, and generally don't hate myself too much when I go out and romp around I've been really into food and body image and cultural trends this year as far as reading interest and thought I'd give this one a shot. It was okay. As an American woman, I have had my fair share of negative body thoughts, of wishing my thighs were a little tinier or that I didn't have a bit of a gut (albeit, I recognize, a small-ish gut). However, I have never dieted officially, weigh myself maybe...5 times a year maximum, and generally don't hate myself too much when I go out and romp around in a bikini or shorts. I have never fasted, have never cut desserts out of my diet, and can't tell you with ease how many Points a certain food item is. This author seems to reach next level hatred with her body, and none of this even begins to resolve until the last chapter or so. It was exhausting reading about which diet she was on, how many calories she was counting, and how much her weight fluctuated on the scale. That is likely part of the purpose of the book, to give insight on the meticulous dieting mindset that so many individuals face. It just seemed semi repetitive. I did enjoy the studies that are intertwined with the memoir though as I love a lil science.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meagan Cahuasqui

    Finally finished my MadLibs2018 reading challenge with this one! And what an excellent memoir to end that challenge with. I found myself laughing and yet in so much emotional pain, reading sentiments and thoughts that I've had myself about my own body. This author is so funny, but still so brutally honest about our society's obsession with women's bodies and how that affects our own relationships with them, it was hard to read sometimes. But I mean that in the best way. Reading this memoir felt Finally finished my MadLibs2018 reading challenge with this one! And what an excellent memoir to end that challenge with. I found myself laughing and yet in so much emotional pain, reading sentiments and thoughts that I've had myself about my own body. This author is so funny, but still so brutally honest about our society's obsession with women's bodies and how that affects our own relationships with them, it was hard to read sometimes. But I mean that in the best way. Reading this memoir felt like reading my own confessions at times, so I feel a sense of gratitude toward Miller for voicing out loud what I've had a hard time saying even to myself at times. I found myself wanting to highlight so many lines throughout the book that if I did I would've just made notes and exclamation points all over the book if I did.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    I really enjoy the author's writing style. She covers every aspect that many women think about and experience when it comes to our bodies. Our bodies tend to be at the forefront of our minds as children, in intimate relationships, socially with food, along with constant societal pressures to diet and strive to fit an unattainable and ever-changing standard of beauty. This book covers a lot of it and unfolds the evolution of a chronic dieter into a woman determined to love her body at all stages. I really enjoy the author's writing style. She covers every aspect that many women think about and experience when it comes to our bodies. Our bodies tend to be at the forefront of our minds as children, in intimate relationships, socially with food, along with constant societal pressures to diet and strive to fit an unattainable and ever-changing standard of beauty. This book covers a lot of it and unfolds the evolution of a chronic dieter into a woman determined to love her body at all stages. It was an inspirational story and I could relate to much of it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diann

    I found this to be a fascinating assessment of how the female body image is shaped, while intertwined with the author's real-life experience. Many times in reading the book, I found myself exclaiming, "Yes, me too!" or "Yes, I have also been told that/experienced that!" A must read for both women and men. Thank you to GoodReads GiveAway for this interesting read. I found this to be a fascinating assessment of how the female body image is shaped, while intertwined with the author's real-life experience. Many times in reading the book, I found myself exclaiming, "Yes, me too!" or "Yes, I have also been told that/experienced that!" A must read for both women and men. Thank you to GoodReads GiveAway for this interesting read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I breezed through most of this book in a 48 hour period. Kimberly Rae Miller's writing is funny, interesting, heartwarming and honest. She skillfully blends history, science, and personal anecdotes all around the theme of dieting. No surprise really - I greatly enjoyed the first memoir she published, "Coming Clean." I breezed through most of this book in a 48 hour period. Kimberly Rae Miller's writing is funny, interesting, heartwarming and honest. She skillfully blends history, science, and personal anecdotes all around the theme of dieting. No surprise really - I greatly enjoyed the first memoir she published, "Coming Clean."

  23. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Jaeger

    So many of the episodes of Miller's life - continual dieting, thyroid issues, living with parents with mental illness - mimic my own that there were times I had to hold back tears when reading this book. This is a raw, funny, and heartbreaking account of one woman - and really, most women's!- issues with weight, body consciousness, and poor physical self esteem issues. brava! So many of the episodes of Miller's life - continual dieting, thyroid issues, living with parents with mental illness - mimic my own that there were times I had to hold back tears when reading this book. This is a raw, funny, and heartbreaking account of one woman - and really, most women's!- issues with weight, body consciousness, and poor physical self esteem issues. brava!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    "I had spent the majority of my life trying to fit a mold that didn’t work for my body—and it fought me tooth and nail. I didn’t know what my ideal body would look like. “Somebody else’s” came to mind, but that wasn’t going to happen." Preach. "I had spent the majority of my life trying to fit a mold that didn’t work for my body—and it fought me tooth and nail. I didn’t know what my ideal body would look like. “Somebody else’s” came to mind, but that wasn’t going to happen." Preach.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    If you have tried more then 2 diets then you need to read this book. She provides historical context on the birth and evolution of diets and our thin is best culture which I found fascinating. It’s a quick read so just go read it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vibha Laljani

    Loved it. It was a quick read. And I could totally relate with the girl/woman, who has tried all kinds of diets/workouts throughout her life to try to attain a certain kind of body.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marcella

    Great read! Loved this book! It was relatable and completely engaging! I felt as if I was right there along the journey.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sue Fernandez

    I was close to giving this a 5, so let's say a 4.5 would be more accurate than the 4. I was so happy to have been granted my wish, for an ARC, by the publisher, Little A, in exchange for my honest opinion. I thought this might be more of a non fiction read on the history of weight loss, body self image, etc, but was so pleased to find the author sharing her journey along the weight loss path. Where we go wrong and how our misperceptions end up hurting our metabolism (and I'm sure this is true.) I was close to giving this a 5, so let's say a 4.5 would be more accurate than the 4. I was so happy to have been granted my wish, for an ARC, by the publisher, Little A, in exchange for my honest opinion. I thought this might be more of a non fiction read on the history of weight loss, body self image, etc, but was so pleased to find the author sharing her journey along the weight loss path. Where we go wrong and how our misperceptions end up hurting our metabolism (and I'm sure this is true.) The books was a chronological essay type book, and I loved the author's writing style, her honesty and her fears. This isn't a diet book, but if you struggle with food, or body image, or have a child who does...this is a must read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen Germain

    Thank You to Little A for providing me with an advance copy of Kimberly Rae Miller's memoir, Beautiful Bodies, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, Beautiful Bodies, Kimberly Rae Miller explores her relationship with her own body; the confusion she feels over body image and her never-ceasing diets.  LIKE- I loved Miller's previous memoir, Coming Clean, about growing up with parents who are hoarders, and I was thrilled to be approved for a galley edition of her latest memoir. Mill Thank You to Little A for providing me with an advance copy of Kimberly Rae Miller's memoir, Beautiful Bodies, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, Beautiful Bodies, Kimberly Rae Miller explores her relationship with her own body; the confusion she feels over body image and her never-ceasing diets.  LIKE- I loved Miller's previous memoir, Coming Clean, about growing up with parents who are hoarders, and I was thrilled to be approved for a galley edition of her latest memoir. Miller is a talented writer who is very open with sharing the intimate details of her life. This openness and vulnerability is what makes her writing so accessible. When I read her books, I feel like I'm being told a story by a close friend. Admittedly, I did not find the subject of body image to be as fascinating as her being raised by parents who are hoarders, however Miller's writing is so good, that I'd likely pick up any book she writes. What Miller really hits on is the disturbing problem of very young girls dieting and having negative thoughts about their body. Honestly, I don't remember personally having these issues, but I see it in elementary-aged girls that I know; the fear of being fat and the obsession with dieting. It's scary! Along with her personal dieting stories, Miller throws in some dieting history. I love how she blends in the historical perspective, providing some Trivial Pursuit worthy tidbits.  Miller analyzes how her body image has impacted her relationships, including that with her husband, Roy. It is hard for Miller to trust that Roy accepts her body with all of its changes, including pregnancy.  DISLIKE- Nothing. Miller is brutally honest and often very funny. RECOMMEND- Yes!!! If you are unfamiliar with Miller's writing, I highly recommend that you read both Coming Clean and Beautiful Bodies. She has a strong voice and unique perspective.  Like my review? Check out my blog!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kylene

    I'm going to give this 2 1/2 stars. The author talks about her struggles with losing weight and inserts some interesting diet history. I appreciate the author's honesty in putting it all out there, and some parts really were laugh out loud funny. However, the book just doesn't feel complete. The title of the book is Beautiful Bodies, when in fact, it's a memoir of the author trying to come to terms with her own body. You never get the feeling that she does, as there are only about 2 pages at the I'm going to give this 2 1/2 stars. The author talks about her struggles with losing weight and inserts some interesting diet history. I appreciate the author's honesty in putting it all out there, and some parts really were laugh out loud funny. However, the book just doesn't feel complete. The title of the book is Beautiful Bodies, when in fact, it's a memoir of the author trying to come to terms with her own body. You never get the feeling that she does, as there are only about 2 pages at the end where she describes how her mentality on diets and body has changed. It doesn't come off as very convincing, as she is still talking about counting every single calorie and weighing every single pound. If anything, I got the impression that the author may have body dysmorphic disorder and an addiction to dieting. I was surprised the nutritionist didn't mention this to her, and if she did, it wasn't stated in the book. I'm not trying to judge the author, but it does seem to me that she may need more help. I hope someday she can really truly come to love herself.

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