Rita Just Wants to Be Thin

Fiction - Chick Lit
376 Pages
Reviewed on 03/27/2015
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Author Biography

Mary W. Walters has published four novels and a collection of short stories. She has won a Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Excellence in Writing and an Alberta Achievement Award, and she is listed in Who's Who in Canada. Her short fiction has been short-listed for such prizes as the CBC/Saturday Night Fiction Competition and the Journey Prize, and has been published in more than a dozen literary journals and magazines. Also an accomplished and highly experienced editor, she has followed the changes to the publishing industry closely on her blog, The Militant Writer, and is in increasing demand to talk about how writers can publish top-quality literary works on independent platforms. She also does workshops on grantwriting.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Mollohan for Readers' Favorite

Rita Just Wants to be Thin by Mary W. Walters tells the tale of Rita, an emotional over-eater and chain smoker who is dissatisfied with her lot in life. Rita becomes increasingly depressed and disgruntled when the scale tops 200 pounds. Married to Graham, she is the stay at home stepmother to two children that do not listen to her. When Graham begins working from home, Rita loses the quiet mundane existence she has wallowed in. Living in the shadow of her husband's dead wife and feeling inadequate by comparison, her resentment grows as Graham retreats into his office more and more, leaving her to tend to the children and subsequent family issues that arise. Various diets are attempted only to be discarded with subsequent feelings of despair and self-loathing. Rita finally has the epiphany that she needs to take care of herself first and makes necessary steps towards finding her happiness.

In Rita Just Wants to be Thin, Mary W. Walters has hit the nail on the head. She expertly tells of the inner struggles with despair and self-loathing that anyone suffering from an addiction goes through. Rita is a typical emotional over-eater that is resentful of those who depend on her. Rita slowly comes to terms with the stressors that cause her to want to treat her emotions with food, such as the fear that she is not good enough compared to her husband's deceased wife. Rita Just Wants to be Thin touches on the fact that psychology plays a major role in over-eating and therefore it is not easily solved by simply dieting. This is an enjoyable book for those of us who aren't model thin and have our vices!