Ada's Rules by Alice Randall

74%

10 Critic Reviews

A heartwarming and engaging read, Ada’s story is more than that—readers following Randall’s rules will drop the pounds along with Ada, and perhaps discover something about themselves.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Ada Howard is the wife of the preacher at Nashville's Full Love Baptist Tabernacle. With a whole congregation to help tend to, plus the kids at the daycare where she works, two grown daughters, and two ailing parents, Ada's busy taking care of a lot of people. She hardly has time to take care of herself. And her husband's been so busy lately she's suspicious some other woman may be taking care of him... Then it comes: the announcement of her 25-year reunion in twelve months' time, signed with a wink by her old flame. Ada gets to thinking about the thrills of young love lost, and the 100 or so pounds she's gained, and she decides it's high time for a Health and Beauty Revival. So she starts laying down some rules. The first rule is: Don't Keep Doing What You've Always Been Doing. And so begins a long journey... Ada's Rules is an action plan to change a body and a life -- but it's also about falling back in love with the life you've got.
 

About Alice Randall

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Alice Randall is the New York Times bestselling author of The Wind Done Gone. A graduate of Harvard University, Randall now resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is a songwriter and Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University. Caroline Randall Williams is a graduate of Harvard University. She was an instructor with Teach for America for two years and is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Mississippi. The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess, is her first book.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA. 352 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Ada's Rules
All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
May 01 2012

Well-intentioned and readable, but very broadly drawn and often gratingly rah-rah.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 12 2012

A heartwarming and engaging read, Ada’s story is more than that—readers following Randall’s rules will drop the pounds along with Ada, and perhaps discover something about themselves.

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Nashville Scene

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Norris on May 10 2012

Breezy and humorous, Ada's Rules will appeal to fans of light contemporary fiction as well as to those interested in losing weight themselves.

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NewsRegister.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Alice Darnton on May 30 2012

Taken as a diet text and as a novel, I found "Ada's Rules" inspiring and useful.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Viki Ferrell on Apr 08 2012

ADA'S RULES is a delightful and thought-provoking story about becoming healthier, physically, mentally and emotionally.

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BookPage

Good
Reviewed by Arlene Mckanic on May 01 2012

In Ada Howard, Randall has pulled off the tough trick of creating a truly relatable, deliciously complicated character.

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Reads 4 Pleasure

Below average

While I can appreciate the author wanting to share her guide to weight loss with readers, I really wish she'd written this as either two separate books or the fictional part up front with tips for weight loss in the back or vice versa.

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Lighthearted Librarian's Weblog

Good
Jun 18 2012

Part Fiction, part Self Help, Ada’s Rules is an inspirational look at one woman’s year of self-discovery.

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Keep the Wisdom

Good
Jul 05 2012

I have never come across a more realistic and sensible book about dieting...

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Houston Style Magazine

Good
Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on May 31 2012

Sometimes, the story felt preachy to me, but the presence of such a strong, perfectly flawed character made it okay.

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