Maggie O'Leary has embraced her big beautiful self. She has her own newspaper column just about encouraging others to do the same. Just when she thinks she has it all, life drops a very tempting opportunity in her lap. Mike Taylor, a famous actor, needs her help with a movie role. Will she drop everything to jet off to Los Angeles and help the possible man of her dreams? Will she give in to temptation and lose weight to try and snag this man? What will her faithful readers think if she gives in to diet and plastic surgery, after preaching for so long to just accept yourself as you are?
Maggie starts an journey of self discovery by traveling to Los Angeles. She meets and becomes involved with Mike Taylor. She experiences the best and worst of what hollywood and fame has to offer.
This report prepared by Danell Leblanc
Red Dress, Apr 2004, 21.95, 320 pp.
Everyone knows that Maggie O'Leary is the queen of fat as the author of the Daily Record's FAT CHANCE column. Rather than diet away the pounds, Maggie enjoys eating with gusto and does not care who knows it. Her popularity as the anti-diet queen has placed her in People Magazine and has made her a hot celebrity.
Horizon Entrainment Film Director Robert Clancy wants to hire Maggie as a consultant on his movie Dangerous Lies that focuses on weight loss clinics. Maggie is not interested until she learns that hunk Mike Taylor will play the role of a doctor to anorexia patients. To the chagrin of her editor who knows his meal ticket, Maggie joins the masses trying to lose weight as she wants to taste Mike in her bed, but doubts he will go for a full figured woman. Risking her career, her beliefs, and her lifestyle Maggie diets.
Though often amusing, the serious issue of health is taken too lightly whether Maggie eats anything without exercising or when obsesses on losing weight.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner