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Light as a Feather - Helen Dunne

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Author: Helen Dunne / Genre: Fiction

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      15.01.2007 18:25
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      A light (as a feather) read!

      I got lots of books this year for christmas, most of them people chose because they thought I looked like the person on the front. I sincerely hope this person chose this for another reason because the lady on the front of this book (well her legs anyway!)is overweight and standing on scales! I don't moan about my weight that much do I?

      Actually this book choice was perfect for me, I do like reading heavier books but at the moment I'm having trouble sleeping and something a bit lighter does the trick. Thats not to say this book bores me to sleep because it doesn't, it just doesn't scare the living daylights out of me (it's a good thing)!

      Helen Dunne also wrote the bestseller Trixie Trader which I have read in the past too and is well worth a read. For some reason there is no information on the Author inside the book, however further investigation tells me she is in her mid-thirties and has been Associate City Editor at the Daily Telegraph and Deputy City editor at the Mail on Sunday. She now lives in London.

      I won't give too much away as these books tend to be a little predictable. The main character, Orla Kennedy, is a press officer for a big bank and is faced with looking like a blancmange at her best friends upcoming wedding. This leads to her setting up a chatroom for fellow dieters which becomes hugely sucessful, however, when she is persuaded to let a body double do her television appearances, it goes horribly wrong. Her family and friends are also great characters.
      Finn - Orla's brother turns into a Buddhist after using a buddhist chatrooom, he then moves in with Orla and makes her love life quite difficult.
      Sebastian - Orla's boyfriend who is not who he first appears to be.
      Mary - Orla's mum who learns to use the internet with hilarious consequences. She is a typical overprotective but very loving and proud mum.

      The characters in the book are very real, they provide a lot of humour in the book. The plot is predictable but then most 'chick lit' is and it is part of its charm. I have enough surprises in my own life at the moment! I have read this book twice now (once a couple of years ago but don't tell the person who bought me this!) and I would read it again in a few months maybe.

      The tone of this book is very lighthearted and quite funny. For example Orla says 'People always look at the wrapper first and in my case it's bubble wrap.' I laughed out load quite a few times to the amazement of my 2 year old who sleeps next to me!

      The book is split up into 37 chapters with 'slimming tips' as their titles which relate to the content of the chapter. Like Slimming Tip Fifteen - Put feet into mouth and swallow.

      This book is middle of the road, I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to others but it won't change your life, but then I didn't really want it to!

      SHE magazine says 'Feistier than Bridget Jones and much, much naughtier'

      ISBN 0752838091
      RRP £5.99
      Published by Orion Fiction in 2002

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      Orla Kennedy, press officer in a City bank, is unhappy with her job and her weight. 'People always look at the wrapper first,' she explains, 'and in my case it's bubble wrap.' Of course, she knows how to lose those pounds - she just never gets around to doing it. Then her best friend Liz asks her to be a bridesmaid, and the threat of being swathed in pink satin makes Orla think blancmange! Spurred on by this prospect, she sets up a website chatroom, LightAsAFeather.co.uk, as a support group for 'larger ladies'. Things are going swimmingly until Orla is invited to appear on daytime television, and is persuaded to let a stick-thin model be her double. As if she doesn't have enough problems, her boyfriend Sebastian is behaving most oddly, and her brother, the chanting Buddhist, has decided to move in - permanently. But divine inspiration does come - from another, unexpected source...