I read a book by a YouTuber! Yes, my friend Savy Leiser wrote a book called Sculpt Yourself and it was the last book I read to complete my NEWTS during the magical readathon! Man oh man can this girl write!
Synopsis: LIPAMORPH is the drug that lets you sculpt yourself. It’s how so many female celebrities in the mid-2010s remained so thin while having such large butts. It loosens up the fat in your body, allowing you to choose your own proportions. And it’s just been legalized for sale in Chicago.
AMBER is a 24-year-old tech support worker by day, gay feminist blogger (and bad-sitcom aficionado) by night. She’s been vocal about her disapproval of Lipamorph from the beginning, seeing it as another tool to reinforce patriarchal beauty standards; but as Lipamorph becomes more common, Amber’s dissenting voice starts to matter less and less.
JUDIE is Amber’s younger sister, and seemingly her complete opposite; she loves pop music, pretty latte art, and dating men. After struggling with hating her body for most of her life, Judie has become borderline reliant on Lipamorph for self-confidence, much to Amber’s dismay.
KELLY is an artist currently working for the marketing firm on the floor above Amber’s office. She’s whip-smart, proudly bisexual, and strikingly beautiful…and she’s the woman Amber’s fallen in love with.
I liked this book quite a bit. Savy has this way of writing dialogue that just flows so well. She can carry a story on dialogue alone because all of her characters interacted in fun and exciting ways. They all had different ways of dealing with their personal issues and that is why it was nice that she split the story into different perspectives so you got to understand where everyone was coming from when they had their opinions.
The Lipamorph drug was cool. Who would have thought up a drug that lets you mold your body ft around your body to wherever you want it. I can definitely see this being a dangerous thing if it were real. All the characters had very different opinions on it and it was very enlightening to see some fight against it while others embraced it.
I love that there is so much LBGTQ+ rep in this book. It is seen in a positive light too because it shows some unhealthy relationships and talks about certain expectations that people in the community sometimes have to deal with that can get overlooked very easily.
I love the whole “Fight the system” vibe Amber brings to the table. She really fights for what she believes in and cares about people.
Plus, there are so many fun foods that the characters eat that I have never tried before but am curious to now (like BBQ nachos).
Overall, it was an entertaining book with what I believe was a positive message and you should give it a try!
Book Rating: 3.5/5
You can buy this book on Amazon and find it on Goodreads!
Disclaimer: I was given a free ebook from the author to read and give my honest review.
I finally finished the NEWTS and did my wrap up where I discussed all the books I read over the month of August (spoiler: I read 9 books).
I am a big believer in changing your body if you’re not happy with it. But I’m also against plastic surgery and anything artificial. I mean, not every guy/girl likes the same type of bodyshape so why should we turn ourselves into clones of the same bodytype? I know my partner and most of my friends find many of the current “fashion” trends disgusting because of how unnatural so many girls look these days. I’d like to believe that that’s an indication that you don’t need to be fake to be beautiful. Fingers crossed more and more people discover that message and take it to heart.
Wow that is extremely well said! I am with you 100% on this 😊