November Book review: Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner
Everyone knows I love a good memoir! While I was browsing the book section in Target one day I picked up Jennifer Weiner’s memoir Hungry Heart. The book jacket description was enough for me to buy it and immediately dive in. Though I have never read any of her novels her story was something I needed to read. (I do plan on picking up Good in Bed soon!) Here are a few things I loved about Hungry Heart:
She Shares Her Journey Through a Career in Writing
My favorite part of reading memoirs is finding out how the author got to where they are now. Jennifer attended Princeton University and studied her butt off. After college she set off on a career in journalism for various local newspapers. But a break up ultimately inspired her to write Good in Bed. Writing became her therapy. She used the pain from it to write her first successful novel.
Another thing I love about Jennifer is she is very honest about her struggles in her career. Trying to find an agent to represent her first book proved difficult when the one who accepted to present her wanted to change her story. Jennifer stayed true to herself and her novel that she declined the agent and kept up her search. Hard work and perseverance paid off big when she found her current agent who got the book published without changing the authenticity of it.
Body Image is at the forefront.
Like many women including myself, Jennifer struggled with body image. She battled with weight issues on top of being bullied constantly for her size. She took her body image and used it was collateral to write novels where the female lead was heavier. In her memoir she explains the battle of body image and her decision to get weight-loss surgery. She is honest and open about why she did the surgery and how it’s helped her gain some confidence in herself.
Jennifer uses her memoir as a platform to tell girls everywhere to love their bodies no matter what size. This is so important when unrealistic expectations are plastered all over television, film and social media. Jennifer is a true role model in my eyes when it comes to loving yourself and your body. One day if I ever have a daughter I want her to read this book.
Life isn’t always perfect…and that’s okay.
Hungry Heart is filled with stories from Jennifer’s life which has had its many up and downs. Jennifer was always a planner but when it came time to plan for childbirth and motherhood she learned that you must take it one day at a time. I found myself reflecting on my own life and the things that haven’t always gone as planned. (See this entire year and moving forward.) The way Jennifer embraces change really struck me. As someone who is dealing with her own life plan being a little unstable, this book really helped me see the good in the uncertain.
I absolutely loved reading this book! I finished it pretty quickly too. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves writing, sees a career in it or has some interest in journalism.