I’m usually wary of books that leave a copious amount of blank journal pages intended for my note keeping. I tend to fill them with jabs like “Note to author: finish book.”  While having spots dedicated to readers’ personal reflections always feels like a bit of a cop-out, there still seems to be some promise in Dr. Vonda Wright’s Guide to Thrive. As soon as I realized that the teenage-looking model on the cover was actually orthopedic surgeon, mother, and author Vonda herself, I knew she had to be doing something right.

This book operates with a “New Year, New You!” premise. The “Thrive” Program goes beyond a basic self-help books, intending to help readers excel in different areas in order to be more healthy all around. It’s based on the idea of a six-month well-rounded transformation.  Because of Dr. Wright’s background in orthopedic surgery, there is a heavy emphasis on injury prevention in the advice she shares. Perfect for klutzes like me, who can’t do a toe-touch without slipping a disc! In addition to workout routines on every fitness level (the moves get harder as you progress through your 6 months), Dr. Wright includes helpful nutrition information and easy recipes.

Readers need not necessarily jump on board the 6-month plan to glean some helpful hints. Try a recipe or two, even if you are not trying to lose weight. Illustrated directions on how to do classic push-ups seem redundant and unnecessary, but Dr. Wright’s writing style makes you feel like you are at one of her one-on-one consultations. BEWARE! This book comes with homework! Keep your pen handy, as Vonda will need some help filling in her empty pages.

If you’re on board to  THRIVE, pick your copy up here. ($24.95, Independent Publishers Group)


About Kristine Kowalski

Editor-in-Chief Kristine is 25 and lives with her parents in the fabulously tan New Jersey. She writes all about teen celeb fashion and beauty as the Web Editor of TwistMagazine.com. She has previously worked fashion and accessories at Lifestyle Mirror, the beauty closets of Marie Claire and Seventeen, and wrote about celebrity babies as HollyBaby Editor of HollywoodLife.com. Clinton Kelly told her she looked fabulous - twice. When not quoting Tolstoy or catching up on her Twitter feed, she can be found watching iCarly or perusing the clearance racks at Bloomingdales.

2 comments on “Thriving

  1. I think book reviews are difficult. You did a great job, with this one, of giving a good idea of what’s offered, and the positive and negative aspects of that. Thank you!

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