My only past experience with Wendy was reading 'The Mackerel Pudding Plan' which made me laugh. Reading 'I'm Not the New Me' was more like sitting down with a friend and catching up with their life.
She reminds me of some girls I've known who are funny in that dumb humor sort of way, but it's a way that others seem to relish and I don't get that. I mean, I have always struggled with my weight and so can relate to her, but all of her I should feel good about myself but don't, I am so much thinner than that other fat girl I'm friends with, my mom was a victim of fad diets and drastic surgeries is just a little too cliche.
Wendys book is a story of her battle against the bulge the fat, that is. She started a website when she joined Weight Watchers a few years ago, and called it Pound (after a brief stint as Wendys site!). A lot of people were inspired by her website, however, and while this book is not a collection of things she posted on that site, it does contain some reflections about the people she met through blogging and the experience. Dear Sardonic_6: According to your profile, youre seeking a woman between 52 and 62 and between 110 and 195 pounds. Dear ChiGuy: Your specs call for a woman who can be as tall as 63 but can only weigh up to 125 pounds. Also: Ew. Dear Every Other Guy On Here: why is that one scene in Betty Blue the default answer to the Favorite On-screen Sex-Scene question? Doesnt she set fires and poke eyes out and stuff?
This books get an ENTIRE EXTRA STAR just for referencing the 1970s television show "Electra Woman and Dyna Girl" which my sister and I used to "play" in our suburban Pennsylvania backyard. Here, McClure clearly feels a bit ambivalent about her experiences, and again it seems to work much better in this book.
The writing itself is good once you adjust to McClure's conversational style. I cannot believe that her editor didn't tell her to pull up her socks and round the book off or even to mention the fact that Wendy's story ends in mid-air because it is just a snippet of her life...
Ms McClure seems to relate everything in her life to her weight in a way that seems wholly unhealthy.
I was about to tell you all that it's pretty boring but now that I just typed that last sentence, I'm thinking that despite the total lack of hyperbolic drama with enormous peaks and plummeting falls, this story kept my interest the whole time - I read it quickly and looked forward to reading it.
However, I also knew Wendy's writings from BUST and felt like maybe I should give it a try. Wendy begins losing weight on Weight Watchers even though she doesn't really quite3 buy into the whole thing. She starts her blog in 2001 and most of the book takes place, I am guessing from what I read on the archived pages of her old site, between 2001-2003. A place where you can actually see the comments people write. What does it mean to me reading this when her size is so horrifying to her? I think Wendy has changed a lot since this book. I don't know what size she is now, but I am guessing she is closer to what she was in 2001 and she looks great.
I read Wendy McClure's Little House Memoir and loved it, and so wanted to dive into her other work. Partially, this particular memoir is a little dated - it's really about her starting the poundy blog and her life very specifically around that time. I think at that time in publishing, it was hard (and still is hard) to decide how to translate a successful blog into a memoir. No one wants to buy a book with the same content as the (free) blog, and yet - and this is nearly 10 years after the blog - I think I might have preferred a little more blog content.