This is the story of three girls, Emerson, Marley, and Georgia that are at a summer camp for overweight teenagers. They are seventeen and this will be their last year. As the summer is coming to an end, they create a list of things that they would like to do when they “get thin”. The list includes shopping in stores for regular size people and holding hands with a cute guy in public among other simple pleasures.
The book fast forwards 16 years and the girls have become woman. Georgia and Marley both live in New York and remain closer to each other while Emerson lives in Delaware and remains close through email and texting with a few weekends together. Georgia comes from a dysfunctional family that never gives her credit for her achievements of graduation from Yale and becoming a lawyer, but rather constantly reminds and insults her weight. Marley’s twin died when she was four years old and she still feels the void in her live. She comes from a large Italian family where she gets her appreciation for good food and becomes a chief. Sadly, Emerson falls behind in life and keeps her depression from her friends.
When Emerson’s cousin contacts Marley and Georgia to tell them of Emerson’s failing health, they travel to Delaware and she gives them an envelope that contains the original list that they had made in at camp as kids and she challenges them to fulfill the list for themselves and for her.
While parts of the story are sad, much of it is laugh-out-loud hysterical. As Georgia and Marley check off the list made by young girls at camp, they realize what great people they were all along and that their weight should not have defined them then or now as they are older and thinner. It is a wakeup call for all of us that have ever judged someone based on their weight or size instead of appreciating who they really are. The book ends with Marley and Georgia coming to grips with who they are and what is truly important in life. It inspires the reader not to be judgmental about others, but also to be proud of their own accomplishments and not be limited by how others view you. It is a truly enjoyable book.