Boob Job
Boob Job: Confessions of a Professional Bra Fitter details Natalee Woods's experience working in the lingerie department of a well-known department store, fitting women for bras for over a decade. Woven into the humor are subtle and profound insights into larger issues, such as the relationship between women and their bodies, evolving ideas about women’s breasts and their sexual, social, and cultural implications, and how women negotiate all these influences and pressures as they stand before the mirror in the dressing room. Filled with plenty of awkwardness and an undeniable sense of relatability, Natalee Woods has offered a peek behind the curtain to remind us that retail workers are just as complicated as the rest of us.

Boob Job Details

TitleBoob Job
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 24th, 2018
PublisherAmberjack Publishing
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography Memoir

Boob Job Review

  • Valerity (Val)
    January 1, 1970
    I really didn’t know what to expect with this book. I’d already read one lingerie book that gave me the lowdown on everything undies, so I was really hoping it wasn’t going to be too similar. Thankfully this was a world away and in such a wonderfully different manner. Natalee Woods’ book is so far from a reference type book there’s no comparison. This one made me laugh and cry multiple times over and I found it hard to put down for long. I basically inhaled it. She just has a way of keeping you I really didn’t know what to expect with this book. I’d already read one lingerie book that gave me the lowdown on everything undies, so I was really hoping it wasn’t going to be too similar. Thankfully this was a world away and in such a wonderfully different manner. Natalee Woods’ book is so far from a reference type book there’s no comparison. This one made me laugh and cry multiple times over and I found it hard to put down for long. I basically inhaled it. She just has a way of keeping you coming back to find out what the heck she’s going to run into next in the fitting rooms because the situations are just so painfully human and upliftingly endearing. Her many vignettes are just so very relatable, with some interesting insights and it seemed the book got better and better as it went on. You may not be surprised to learn she went to college and has a BA in English and an MPA in writing as it shows in her work, at least in my humble opinion. An advance digital copy was provided by NetGalley and author Natalee Woods for my fair review. Amberjack PublicationsPublished: July 24, 2018
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    Boob Job: Confessions of a Professional Bra Fitter tells about the years the author, Natalee Woods, spent working in lingerie departments as a certified bra fitter. Woods shares anecdotes about the customers she assisted (some of whom were more difficult to deal with than others), along with memorable events in her personal life.What I LikedIt's not surprising that my favorite part of the book was the many stories Woods shared about her work life. Her customer encounters went from humorous to he Boob Job: Confessions of a Professional Bra Fitter tells about the years the author, Natalee Woods, spent working in lingerie departments as a certified bra fitter. Woods shares anecdotes about the customers she assisted (some of whom were more difficult to deal with than others), along with memorable events in her personal life.What I LikedIt's not surprising that my favorite part of the book was the many stories Woods shared about her work life. Her customer encounters went from humorous to heartbreaking and back again, and I spent most of my reading experience laughing out loud, or tearing up when a customer was in the midst of a vulnerable moment in the fitting room. There were moments when I found myself shocked at outrageous behaviors, or wincing in empathy for young girls being publicly embarrassed by overbearing mothers.I also enjoyed reading about her friendship with a fellow fitter named Farrah, and a relationship she had with a man who worked in another area of the store, as well as stories about her parents. It was a nice way to see more about her life, outside of work.What I Didn't LikeI didn't particularly care for the way the book ended. When I reached the end, my immediate thought was that it felt abrupt. I suppose I was expecting an epilogue of sorts: a brief chapter that wrapped up Woods' career as a bra fitter, and shared what came next. In my opinion, not having something like that at the end left it feeling a tad unfinished. Perhaps I'm too picky about things like that, but that's how I felt.Final ThoughtsThis is a pleasant read, written about a subject I've never read about before—which is exactly what appealed to me about this book. The best part of this book (for me) were the customers she encountered in her work. It was a lot of fun to read about those fitting room situations, and the hilarity that (sometimes) ensued in the store. The more somber conversations that took place within the safety of those walls were thought provoking and profound at times.The book is well written and engaging, but the unfinished feeling the book left me with diminished my earlier enjoyment of the book, unfortunately. I struggled with choosing a star rating that felt appropriate, ultimately settling on 3.5 stars due to my dissatisfaction with the ending. Don't let this deter you from giving this book a try, however—it's well worth giving it a try so you can experience those same laugh-out-loud moments I enjoyed so much.I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of Amberjack Publications via Netgalley.
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  • Trista Hutchison
    January 1, 1970
    I could not put this book down! It had me giggling, tears in my eyes and rooting for Natalee through her adventures in the dressing rooms. It was a really easy read and definitely would be a great book to read while relaxing in the tub or on the beach with a glass of wine. Each character that Natalee met helped her in that given time and gave her advice that helped when she needed it the most.
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  • amanda eve
    January 1, 1970
    One star feels a little harsh, but I really disliked this book and would not recommend it, so ... one star it is. I was actually pretty excited to read this book -- I tend to like chatty, slice-of-life memoirs like this. I was curious to know what it's like to be a bra fitter; I assumed it was like any other mind-numbing retail job, but who knows. Woods writes with the purplest prose, almost to the point where I couldn't understand what was going on. Her writing will wander with the hopes of com One star feels a little harsh, but I really disliked this book and would not recommend it, so ... one star it is. I was actually pretty excited to read this book -- I tend to like chatty, slice-of-life memoirs like this. I was curious to know what it's like to be a bra fitter; I assumed it was like any other mind-numbing retail job, but who knows. Woods writes with the purplest prose, almost to the point where I couldn't understand what was going on. Her writing will wander with the hopes of coming across as thoughtful, but it just reads as a garbled metaphor. Not really a spoiler, but putting under a tag since the book hasn't been published yet: (view spoiler)[I'm thinking specifically of when Woods has to help an elderly woman with Alzheimers and her frustrated daughter. It could be a moving anecdote, especially since Woods teases her own mother's recent death. However, so many details are glossed over in favour of vague emotional overtures that it had no impact. Apparently the daughter was a former bra fitter? Woods casually notes this shared experience, without having introduced it. Woods then waxes rhapsodic about the deep emotions she's feeling, the bright feeling of something real, that's then disrupted by another customer. But her writing is so thoroughly mediocre and overwrought that this intense emotion is not believable or adequately expressed to the reader. (hide spoiler)]Her attempts at humour were equally off-putting. I get that it's a very intimate, tactile job: she manhandles bodies all day long. But her constantly describing rolls of flesh erupting (even on the skinniest women! She details a woman's muffin top and then explains that the customer in question was incredibly tiny) and spilling boobs comes off as incredibly mean. There's a way to write humorously and realistically about bodies, but Woods doesn't have that skill. Her descriptions are overly critical and often cruel.She does attempt to make connections between her work as a bra fitter and women's issues at large; Woods occasionally meanders along the edges of examining misogyny, body image, and self-worth, but again her writing skills are incapable of communicating anything of note to the reader.Ultimately a total disappointment.As noted by my shelves, I received a free digital copy from Netgalley for my honest review.
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  • Kayo
    January 1, 1970
    What a sweet and fun book. This is truly a get-lost-in-a-book book! So many aspects to the book..parents, working at a job you love/hate. Not to be missed!
  • Ari
    January 1, 1970
    This book was funny at times but at other times it dragged on a bit. I never really wondered what a bra fitter would think before but now that I know, I appreciate good ones a bit more now. I understand that this book was about her personal life too but it seemed to slow the book a bit down. Otherwise, pretty light and fun book.
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  • Ana
    January 1, 1970
    When I took this book, I thought I would read about the everyday situations that come with a bra fitter job. I expected funny episodes, insights into women's feelings about their bodies, the establishment of relations between women.There was so little of that! And when one of these episodes was described I was surprised to find that the main character made a very cruel description of women's bodies. There is no bonding or empathy among women. There are a distance and a mean streak of the woman w When I took this book, I thought I would read about the everyday situations that come with a bra fitter job. I expected funny episodes, insights into women's feelings about their bodies, the establishment of relations between women.There was so little of that! And when one of these episodes was described I was surprised to find that the main character made a very cruel description of women's bodies. There is no bonding or empathy among women. There are a distance and a mean streak of the woman who is the bra fitter towards other women. I didn't like it. I don't think there is a woman who would feel comfortable if she went to buy underwear right after reading this book. Women need to read books that make them feel good with their body shapes and the signs of aging, not cruel descriptions of it.I felt no empathy with the main character and the humor was lost on me.This book did not come up to my expectations.Not my cup of tea.I received this book as an eARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Nichole
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of Boob Job: Confessions of a Professional Bra Fitter! As a former Victoria's Secret employee, I related to this book so much. I worked there the summer after my senior year of high school and through my first two years of college breaks. It was hands down the most fun and uncomfortable job I have ever had. The personal customer stories had me laughing and were so heartfelt that it felt as if I was back working at VS. Natalee's tale is full of finding your self wo Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of Boob Job: Confessions of a Professional Bra Fitter! As a former Victoria's Secret employee, I related to this book so much. I worked there the summer after my senior year of high school and through my first two years of college breaks. It was hands down the most fun and uncomfortable job I have ever had. The personal customer stories had me laughing and were so heartfelt that it felt as if I was back working at VS. Natalee's tale is full of finding your self worth and place in this world all while making friendships, losing people you love and meeting interesting characters along the way who open up your eyes to new and different ways of life. This book made me feel as if I was 18 again and walking into a clients fitting room and never knowing what to expect. I learned very quickly to leave my insecurities and qualms of feeling uncomfortable at the door. The job opened my eyes to many things, characters and it taught me how to love myself by seeing how other dealt with insecurities. This book and my time as a Victoria's Secret employee reminded me that we can handle what life throws at us and in some unfamiliar way find ourselves.
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    This is a memoir that reads like a novel...I even double checked to make sure it didn't say 'a novel' on the front! It was a nice, 'cozy' read. I guess I never thought too much about such a career, but I could see how some of the stories were 'fitting' to that job... The author also tells of some things going on outside the store, in her personal life....so maybe that's why I was thinking it was somewhat like a novel? Anyway, it was interesting to read how that job works.I received this e-galley This is a memoir that reads like a novel...I even double checked to make sure it didn't say 'a novel' on the front! It was a nice, 'cozy' read. I guess I never thought too much about such a career, but I could see how some of the stories were 'fitting' to that job... The author also tells of some things going on outside the store, in her personal life....so maybe that's why I was thinking it was somewhat like a novel? Anyway, it was interesting to read how that job works.I received this e-galley from NetGalley, in return for my own fair & honest review.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    I received and ARC from NetGalley and of what I read, I found this book to be grating. I thought it was going to be a fun insider's look but the character was unlikable and I felt that her accounts of life were more whiny and woe is me than anything else.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book! This was a wonderful story of a woman who worked for several years as an official bra fitter. But her experiences in the fitting room will have you laughing and crying. The author takes you deep into the lingerie department of a popular department store where you will experience the joys and pains of bra fitting and sales. From the strong encouragement of management to maintain high sales ratios to the myriad of individuals who enter the sacred fitting room, you will I really enjoyed this book! This was a wonderful story of a woman who worked for several years as an official bra fitter. But her experiences in the fitting room will have you laughing and crying. The author takes you deep into the lingerie department of a popular department store where you will experience the joys and pains of bra fitting and sales. From the strong encouragement of management to maintain high sales ratios to the myriad of individuals who enter the sacred fitting room, you will work alongside Natalee as she realizes that it's not how many bras she sells each day as much as it is the person behind the bra! You will fall in love with some of the individuals, your heart will ache for others, and then there are some you just want to pinch their head off!And while Natalee is handling all of that, she's also dealing with life. And life has not been that kind to her. Some of the decisions she's made haven't been the best for her, but she is a good person deep inside and truly loves her parents and she cares a lot more than I think she realizes.This was definitely not what I expected when I began to read the book. But I am so glad I flipped open to the first page and experienced the life of a bra fitter, especially one as delightful as Natalee Woods. This is a book I would highly recommend...as long as you realize there are a few choice words sprinkled throughout. But the story itself is worth every minute of page turning and every tissue you'll use blowing your nose and wiping your eyes.Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher- Boob Job: Confessions of a Professional Bra Fitter details Natalee Woods's experience working in the lingerie department of a well-known department store, fitting women for bras for over a decade. Woven into the humor are subtle and profound insights into larger issues, such as the relationship between women and their bodies, evolving ideas about women’s breasts and their s I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher- Boob Job: Confessions of a Professional Bra Fitter details Natalee Woods's experience working in the lingerie department of a well-known department store, fitting women for bras for over a decade. Woven into the humor are subtle and profound insights into larger issues, such as the relationship between women and their bodies, evolving ideas about women’s breasts and their sexual, social, and cultural implications, and how women negotiate all these influences and pressures as they stand before the mirror in the dressing room. Filled with plenty of awkwardness and an undeniable sense of relatability, Natalee Woods has offered a peek behind the curtain to remind us that retail workers are just as complicated as the rest of us.This book had me laughing a lot, crying big ugly tears at times and just wondering about how the world works at times. I cannot imagine having such a job and I am sure that there are funny stories that the author could not share (darn!). Deftly written, this book was a generally enjoyable read, for sure!Best Laugh - The stench in the dressing room was borderline unbearable, reminding me of dirty laundry coupled with the inside of one’s belly button.
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  • Nikki Chi
    January 1, 1970
    Upon reading the description of the book, I was intrigued but unsure of its premise actually being interesting. Boob Job: Confessions of a Professional Bra Fitter left me happily surprised. Although it took me a second to warm up to Natalee’s sense of humor, especially considering she calls children “dirt balls” on the very first page… I actually almost stopped reading it after that. But, I stuck with it and it was a fascinating read. I loved getting a glimpse into each customer’s story. Both th Upon reading the description of the book, I was intrigued but unsure of its premise actually being interesting. Boob Job: Confessions of a Professional Bra Fitter left me happily surprised. Although it took me a second to warm up to Natalee’s sense of humor, especially considering she calls children “dirt balls” on the very first page… I actually almost stopped reading it after that. But, I stuck with it and it was a fascinating read. I loved getting a glimpse into each customer’s story. Both the plight and empowerment of life as a woman was conveyed with great diversity. Once I warmed up to Natalee, I truly found her to be relatable and quite funny (but still a bit cynical for my taste). So take it from me, somebody who spent some time thinking about giving up on the book but ended up not being able to put it down!The only negative feedback I have is that the ending felt a bit rushed to me. Natalee spends so much time telling everyone’s story and sharing great details, but I feel the lessons learned/introspection/growth at the end of the book could be better served by diving just a little bit deeper into that.I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for giving me the privilege of reading this book. I wasn’t expecting to finish it as quickly as I did, I started it and couldn’t put it down! I had never thought about the world of Bra fitting and thanks to Natalee, I have a new appreciation for them! Part I was a more lighter read and Part II sucked me and even made me tear up a bit! This book illustrates that you never know what someone else is going thru. Natalee came across many different women who were dealing with th Thank you to Netgalley for giving me the privilege of reading this book. I wasn’t expecting to finish it as quickly as I did, I started it and couldn’t put it down! I had never thought about the world of Bra fitting and thanks to Natalee, I have a new appreciation for them! Part I was a more lighter read and Part II sucked me and even made me tear up a bit! This book illustrates that you never know what someone else is going thru. Natalee came across many different women who were dealing with their own struggles, which helped put things into perspective in Natalee’s own world. I loved that she put fully little characters in to lighten the content. I would recommend this to any girl who is looking for a little laugh and who has spent time in that stressful uncomfortable bra fitting room.
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  • Crystal Arzu
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a riot!!! Natalie has a way with storytelling. Her views are honest with a hint of bluntness. What other demeanor can you have as a professional bra fitter? I often wonder what it is like being the woman in the lingerie department that has to deal with customers with various personalities. Bra shopping isn't fun, AT ALL, but you can make it a pleasant experience if you put yourself in the salesperson's shoes!!! Hopefully, people reading this will have a better understanding of that This book was a riot!!! Natalie has a way with storytelling. Her views are honest with a hint of bluntness. What other demeanor can you have as a professional bra fitter? I often wonder what it is like being the woman in the lingerie department that has to deal with customers with various personalities. Bra shopping isn't fun, AT ALL, but you can make it a pleasant experience if you put yourself in the salesperson's shoes!!! Hopefully, people reading this will have a better understanding of that Salespeople go though. I know I do! I'd definitely recommend this book to my friends.Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of Boob Job: Confessions of a Professional Bra Fitter!
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!This was such good read. I loved Natalee's bra fitting stories. They weren't all fun and light like I anticipated, there was depth in them too. Some of them were so sad and they really hit me.There was so much that Natalee learnt from her fitting experiences and this affected her outside life as well. You can see the growth of her throughout the book.I just wish we got more of the stories. We only saw the characters once and I want Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!This was such good read. I loved Natalee's bra fitting stories. They weren't all fun and light like I anticipated, there was depth in them too. Some of them were so sad and they really hit me.There was so much that Natalee learnt from her fitting experiences and this affected her outside life as well. You can see the growth of her throughout the book.I just wish we got more of the stories. We only saw the characters once and I wanted to know how their lives were too!
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    *I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review*This was such a fun, but also poignant and honest book. I was just expecting some funny anecdotes about fitting women into bras, but the stories that came out of this book were so much more than just that. I loved seeing this look into a place that is mostly women and the way that they interact in the process of buying undergarments. The author was funny but also relatable in many ways. I enjoyed this book even more than I thoug *I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review*This was such a fun, but also poignant and honest book. I was just expecting some funny anecdotes about fitting women into bras, but the stories that came out of this book were so much more than just that. I loved seeing this look into a place that is mostly women and the way that they interact in the process of buying undergarments. The author was funny but also relatable in many ways. I enjoyed this book even more than I thought I would and suggest it for a great, fun read.
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  • Merle
    January 1, 1970
    Body image is so important to women. They diet and exercise and have plastic surgery to achieve what they think is the perfect body. And then they continue to agonize over it. Natalee Woods is going through a difficult time in her life. She is at the cusp of adulthood. Her mother has died. She gets her first job, quite by accident, as a sales person in the lingerie department of a clothing store. This is the story of how she grows in maturity as she shares the stories that women share with her a Body image is so important to women. They diet and exercise and have plastic surgery to achieve what they think is the perfect body. And then they continue to agonize over it. Natalee Woods is going through a difficult time in her life. She is at the cusp of adulthood. Her mother has died. She gets her first job, quite by accident, as a sales person in the lingerie department of a clothing store. This is the story of how she grows in maturity as she shares the stories that women share with her as they try on bras in the dressing rooms where Natalee works.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsBoob Job is a very interesting and at times, humorous look at the inside world of a bra fitter. The author writes of how she came to be working in the lingerie department, interspersed with stories of her life and her family.I think many people would enjoy this insider look at a job that most of us rarely if ever consider. I found the book sweet, sad and fascinating at different points in the book.I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishe 4 starsBoob Job is a very interesting and at times, humorous look at the inside world of a bra fitter. The author writes of how she came to be working in the lingerie department, interspersed with stories of her life and her family.I think many people would enjoy this insider look at a job that most of us rarely if ever consider. I found the book sweet, sad and fascinating at different points in the book.I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own.#NetGalley #BoobJob
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  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a review.I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began reading this book. I mean, how much is there to say about being a bra fitter? Turns out this book is about so much more than that. The author mixes anecdotes about her various stints selling lingerie with more personal stories of her family life. I found it to be a quick and entertaining read.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I got this title from #Netgalley in order for a honest review. If you want an entertaining, light read that will make you laugh, and weep at times, this book will do the job. Bra fitter, not someone you run into unless you're shopping for a bra, but the experiences Natalee describes will help you truly capture what this job truly entails, and it's so much more than finding the right bra!
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  • Nan Williams
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fictitious memoir of a college student who got a job in a department store fitting bras. IMHO it’s very silly and insensitive, but I’m sure it will appeal to some readers.There’s just nothing much to say about it. It’s light fare and moves quickly.Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.
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  • Nancy Mijangos
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Interesting memoir from a bra-fitter/writer. The book was heartbreakingly sad and hilarious. I loved the all of the shoppers and constantly rooted for Natalee.
  • Literary Soirée
    January 1, 1970
    I have never read a book by a bra-fitter before, and Boob Job definitely surprised me ... not only with its unique subject matter, but also its bust-a-gut wit and literary style. 5/5Grateful to NetGalley and Amberjack Publishing for the ARC. Opinions are mine.#BoobJob #NetGalley
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  • Gabby
    January 1, 1970
    I got this title from #Netgalley in order for a honest review. I will update this review closer to the published date.
  • Ea
    January 1, 1970
    Review to be published closer to publication date.
  • Jolene
    January 1, 1970
    This book was uplifting in more ways than one!  I figured this would be a fluff read with no thinking involved but I am glad I was wrong.  Yes, there were funny parts but mostly this book was about women in all shapes, sizes, and walks of life.  There were cancer survivors, divorcees, teens, elderly, transvestites, and tired nursing moms.  The author, Natalee, presents all these women with humor, dignity, and humility.  We learn along with her the many struggles women have about their body image This book was uplifting in more ways than one!  I figured this would be a fluff read with no thinking involved but I am glad I was wrong.  Yes, there were funny parts but mostly this book was about women in all shapes, sizes, and walks of life.  There were cancer survivors, divorcees, teens, elderly, transvestites, and tired nursing moms.  The author, Natalee, presents all these women with humor, dignity, and humility.  We learn along with her the many struggles women have about their body image and society’s expectations of them.  The author’s writing is light and easy to read and we learn about her dealing with her mother’s death and dad’s bad health.  I highly recommend this very empowering book on women.
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  • Ylva
    January 1, 1970
    At first, I though that this book contained mostly funny anecdotes, but it was more like an autobiography with lots of self-reflection and it was also very personal and there wasn't really a focus on humor. It was okay, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had been more funny. There are also some feminist thoughts and reflections about women's issues as well as many detailed descriptions of women's bodies and underwear. The last point was probably to be expected, but it was still a lit At first, I though that this book contained mostly funny anecdotes, but it was more like an autobiography with lots of self-reflection and it was also very personal and there wasn't really a focus on humor. It was okay, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had been more funny. There are also some feminist thoughts and reflections about women's issues as well as many detailed descriptions of women's bodies and underwear. The last point was probably to be expected, but it was still a litte much for me and I think it could have been more respectful in how their bodies were being described. Even though it was interesting to learn more about the job of a bra fitter, I didn't really get along with the protagonist. There were also several story lines that I felt were kind of abandoned and some gaps in the story and she left out a few months. So it was okay and if you're into memoirs and women's issues, I'm sure you'll like this book, but it just wasn't what I had been looking for. Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I see that the release date has been changed to April 2019 and that it will be revised. So maybe it will be better then, but I'm not sure if I would be willing to read it again.
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