Is it possible to write a hilarious book about a sad, pathetic main character? Author Gitty Daneshvari has found the formula in her novel The Makedown. Anna Norton has always been fat, with acne and a sweaty moustache on her upper lip. The influence of her completely dysfunctional family doesn’t help much. She has never had friends and lacks the fundamental social skills to navigate the simplest of life’s moments. Luckily, she is smart, and decides she needs a fresh start in New York. She meets her Fairy Godmother (affectionately known as “FG”) in a caterer, who was also once fat, and takes Anna’s physical transformation on as a project.
Emerging as a better looking, better dressed woman, she begins dating Ben Reynolds, who is aesthetically perfect. Anna knows Ben is “out of her league,” but she is in love. Just when we think Anna finally has it all together, her insecurities get the best of her and she decides to “makedown” Ben, so that other women will no longer be attracted to him. We watch helplessly as Anna becomes completely unglued, and as Ben’s looks deteriorate, her relationship spins out of control.
Why was I laughing during all this insanity? Because Gitty Daneshvari’s comic writing is no less than brilliant. Every sentence is packed with high energy and wit. Her frequent pop culture references about everything from Care Bears to Footloose were hysterically funny and completely spot on (probably enjoyed most by the “Baby Boomer” and “Gen X” sets). I loved every moment of this tragic, hilarious, unique book, and found it hard to put down (sorry kids!) The Makedown is “chick lit” at its very finest, and a highly recommended read for any fan of the genre.
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