Dietland Dietland by Sarai Walker

Publication Date: May 26, 2015

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Plum (Alicia) Kettle is struggling with her obesity. She lives her life hiding in the shadows, avoiding being judged and made fun of. Plum yearns for a “thin” life. One that will start when she undergoes weight-loss surgery. Plum is ready for her transformation until she is introduced to a group of women by a girl that has been not so secretly following her. The leader, Verena, and the women want to help Plum change her perception of herself. Meanwhile, a terrorist organization starts acting on behalf of women everywhere and Plum is convinced the girl that was following her is somehow linked to the horrible crimes.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Dietland is not like anything I’ve read before. It was well written and interesting. The author did an amazing job showing how it feels to be overweight. Many people will be able to identify with Plum’s thoughts and feelings about her body. I really liked the story behind Plum’s experience with the Baptists weight-loss group (not to be confused with the religious group), Verena’s book and how it fit into the story.

I have mixed feelings on the twist the story takes with the terrorist plot. I found it very interesting, but I wasn’t fond of the way it impacted Plum. I know the point was for Plum to become a stronger woman, but I didn’t like how angry and negative she got. I also didn’t care for some of Plum’s experiences while under Verena’s influence. On the other hand, I did think that terrorist plot added something to the story that made it more thought provoking than just a story of Plum dealing with her weight.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Dietland. I think a lot of women will identify with Plum and be intrigued by the intertwining stories.

Thank you to Houghton Mufflin Harcourt for the opportunity to read and honestly review Dietland.

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