Reading Matters

If you nag someone about weight, read Jen Larsen’s latest

I couldn’t quite believe the premise of this book.

I took a quick look at the blurb about the author. Then I did believe it.

Jen Larsen is the author of a memoir, “Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head.”

OK. Now it makes more sense.

This new novel, “Future Perfect,” is about a grandmother – yes, I said grandmother – who offers her granddaughter Ashley Perkins tuition to Harvard if only she will have weight-loss surgery in return for the money.

Never mind that Ashley’s teachers and friends describe her as “ambitious, smart, outgoing, driven, stubborn, and sometimes bossy,” though Ashley says that last one is not true.

In a word, Ashley’s tall, trim, gorgeous grandmother can’t stand the fact that Ashley is overweight. In fact, she thinks that not being fat is all that Ashley should focus on.

The grandmother believes that “...being a size 18 (and sometimes 20) will ruin my life.”

In a word, the grandmother never lets up.

Will Ashley accept her grandmother’s terms and give in to weight loss surgery?

I’m not telling. What I will tell you is that every mother or grandmother who beats up on a child or teen – no matter how tactfully that mother or grandmother imagines she’s doing it – should read this book and try to imagine that the way Ashley’s grandmother comes across is the way you come across, too.