This is a review of the 2005 book 'Miss Fit ' by Maria Beaumont. I had heard good reviews of this author's first book 'Marsha Mellow and Me' so was looking forward to reading this one. I was also drawn to the bright front cover which featured a prominent pink sheep amongst many white (normal) ones!
The book follows "Charlie" who is half Greek and works at a posh gym (the Zone) as a reception manager. The book mainly focuses on what happens at work but it is all good fun and Charlie gets into many silly scrapes with her second in command, the quirky Daniel.
This book has lots of comedic value and is has a laugh on many pages. Charlie is a bit gullible and falls for the attentions of one of the dancers who regularly visit the gym. A fairly graphic session in a disabled loo of a nearby pub sets the tone of the book, despite Charlie's guilt and procrastinations over the episode.
I liked a lot of the characters in the book, Charlie is mainly good and has an ethical view on her boss Jamie's running of the gym for beautiful people. She does her best to get a few fatties in to balance out the member stats.
Charlie's dad is very Greek but believes he is Eengleesh - in fact all his dialogue is phonetic and it's quite good fun imagining this sandwich-empire owner's rants and raves to his family's long suffering ears.
Karl the dancer - womaniser is depicted cleverly, instantly earning forgiveness from all the women in his life despite his obvious antics but one smile and it's all ok.
Daniel, the sidekick is outrageously funny and her best gay mate. She queries their friendship and his loyalty after she is promoted and he seems to be letting her down and dropping her in it.
The flakey friend
Sasha, the drippy dance teacher who never turns up to work is somehow in Charlie's circle of friends but you do wonder why when it all seems a bit one-sided.
Blaze, the pop star who is using the gym to practice for her new dance video is a diva and we are led to believe she is a sort of Beyonce level of fame using the best gym in London. She is self centred and uncaring about her team and uses everyone for what she wants them to do and gets away with it too. We don't get to hear much about her but more about the things happening around her.
What makes it more fun is the documentary that is being filmed in the gym and how it affects all the staff and members. The storyline of Charlie and Womaniser Karl is funny but emphasises her gullible side ~ would you believe a man if he had a camcorder in the bedroom that he said was broken and not for filming bedroom action?
A long time in the making?
One thing I questioned for this book, although it was published 2005 was when Charlie switches on her Walkman to escape... surely we were on MP3 players by then??? I can't imagine a cassette playing Walkman these days but realistically, a fitness industry person would surely have moved on to new technology by now.
The undercarriage to this book is about how he wants Charlie to settle down with a good Greek man and he tries to line up a meeting with his friend's son 'the Doctor' but Charlie's not interested in arranged marriages. I was a bit disappointed with the character portrayal of the Doctor as it was started as a potential unlikely love but just frizzled out half way through.
Funniest bit in the book was the fight scene between Charlie and her sister. Nails and hair extensions are really flying and a lot of frustrations vented.
In conclusion I enjoyed reading this book and already have the friend in mind I will be passing this book on to. It's a bit of a laugh so if you see it floating around, grab it. 7 out of 7 from me.