by Lindsay Faith Rech

October 2003
ISBN: 0-373-25037-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Red Dress Ink
Trade Paperback

Diana Christopher is looking forward to cancer; she is finally going to die and go home. Her life is so overrated. After all, she is an overweight thirty-two year old waitress who hasnít had sex since her teenage years. Her best friend, Mrs. Bartle, is ninety-three years old, and her sources of comfort are doughnuts, talk shows, and cheese curls. Ever since her fatherís death years ago, Diana has pretty much been on her own, aside from the weekly torture lunches she endures with her tactless mother.

When Mrs. Bartle, who is generally an optimistic person, reveals sorrow in her own life, Diana realizes that life is very much worth living and begins to reinvent herself. Along the way, she rediscovers an old love and discovers the secret to finding yourself is letting go.

Losing it is an engaging and witty novel. Unique and memorable, Diana Christopher is the honest heroine women everywhere have been waiting for. Talk about real sized clothing. Diana is a real sized woman! I enjoyed reading about her personal transformation as well as her unusual friendship with Mrs. Bartle.

I did not particularly care for Barry, the older version or the younger one. He was too much of a dog for me in his younger years, and there is no apology that could make that kind of behavior acceptable. I believe Diana could have done better in any decade, but despite Barry, Losing It is still a great read. With that in mind, it is only fair that readers be warned. Expect to lose time when you start this novel because youíre not going to put it down until itís finished.

Reviewed in October 2003 by Natasha.

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