Ada’s Rules book by Alice Randall – review

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  • What’s Ada’s Rules about?

    Ada is tired, overweight and too busy looking after other people to take care of herself properly. There’s her husband who’s a preacher, the kids at the day centre where she works, her grown-up twin girls and her elderly parents, mourning the loss of her 3 sisters. Added to that she worries that her husband is not just busy with work, but with other women too…

    Then comes the turning point. She receives an invitation to her 25-year college reunion from her first love, Matt Mason, with a wink. But what will he think of her now? It’s the motivation Ada needs to gain control of her life and her body. She embarks on her mission to lose pounds, gain love and get her life back on track, setting herself clear rules. The first: don’t keep doing what you’ve always been doing. And so her journey begins.

    Is her husband cheating? Will Ada cheat on Preach with Matt Mason? Will she reach her weight-loss goals? Will it change her life?

    goodtoknow says: This book has a dual purpose. It’s firstly a funny, soulful and easy-to-read story, but it’s also a diet book. We have to confess, we initially thought a book about weight loss might be quite hard to read, but Ada’s Rules proved us wrong. From the very beginning we admire Ada for all that she does so selflessly and we really want her to achieve her goals and fulfil her desires.

    Each chapter brings a new weight-loss rule and where many weight-loss tips are depressing and hard to stick to, Ada’s tips are interesting, uplifting and life-enhancing and that’s, maybe, why they work. We follow Ada’s ups and downs and her complex relationships with both her family and food and hope for a happy ending.

    Will Ada reach her goals? Will losing weight change her and her life forever? If you’re bored and tempted to reach for a biscuit – don’t. Treat yourself to this book instead.

    Rating: 8/10
    You’ll like this if you liked: Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Publish date: Out now

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