#ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram: Jemima J

Part of the reason I love #ThrowbackThursdayBookstagram is because I often forget which books I’ve read. This feature allows me to walk down memory lane for a little while, which is often a lot of fun. This week’s selection is JEMIMA J by Jane Green.

The book was first published in 1999, and while I’m not sure exactly when I read it, I do remember going back and reading more of Jane Green’s afterward. By the way, Green describes herself in her IG bio as a “sometime novelist,” though she’s been on the New York Times list eighteen times.

So what’s this book about? For sake of ease and clarity, here’s the publisher’s description:

“Jemima Jones is overweight. About one hundred pounds overweight. Treated like a maid by her thin and social-climbing roommates, and lorded over by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented but better paid) at the Kilburn Herald, Jemima finds that her only consolation is food. Add to this her passion for her charming, sexy, and unobtainable colleague Ben, and Jemima knows her life is in need of a serious change. When she meets Brad, an eligible California hunk, over the Internet, she has the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself–as JJ, the slim, beautiful, gym-obsessed glamour girl. But when her long-distance Romeo demands that they meet, she must conquer her food addiction to become the bone-thin model of her e-mails–no small feat.”

This book reminds the reader that if you aren’t happy with yourself, the only one who can do anything about it is you. However, the story also provokes discussion about disordered eating, fat phobia, and the role society plays in the way women view themselves and expectations of women.

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