Book Review : The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

September 28, 2015 Book review 10 ★★★

This book had such an interesting premise as you can see from the synopsis.  I’m all about books that tackle body image and the surrounding issues and I had a lot of expectations for this book.  Were they met?  Kinda!

Book Review :  The Body Institute by Carol RiggsThe Body Institute by Carol Riggs
Published by Entangled Teen on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Love & Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl's body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body-leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches...

For one, Morgan won't remember what happens in her "Loaner" body. Once she's done, she won't recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she's been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it's all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start...

Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan's mind. She's feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti-Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she'll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul...

Balancing the books is a quick fire review where I list the assets and liabilities of a book (as I see them) and leave you decide if you think this book is worth investing in.

balancing the books


The Assets of The Body Institute by Carol Riggs:

  • Interesting science.  Is it realistic? Not a clue!  I’m no science buff but it was understandable and certainly made the premise of the book seem feasible to a non-science person like me.
  • Well developed main character:  I loved that Morgan was figuring out issues and grew during the book.  She had some pre-conceived ideas and being in a different person’s body opened her world.  She took on board that new perspective and learned from it.  I also appreciated that she was both smart and thoughtful.
  • Scary world: The thought of a totalitarian world where the government determines what an acceptable weight is and imposes penalties if you exceed that is horrific.  And the level of acceptance of society for those rules even more so.
  • Twists and Turns: I loved the unpredictability of the book and it did shake me a few times!  At the same time, some reveals were very obvious.  Overall though it kept me guessing and wanting to know what would happen next.


The Liabilities of The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

  • Lacking depth:  I thought the book could have dug deeper in to the issues and made a more powerful statement.  It was a good read but I felt like it remained at surface level instead of shovelling into the depths and unearthing a great book with a forceful message.
  • So So Romance: It wasn’t awful, I just didn’t feel very invested in it.  I got more into it as the book progressed but it never gave me butterflies that way an epic romance can.


Investment potential:

It’s worth the read if you want a fast paced book that is entertaining and engrossing while you are reading it and that deals with body image.  I don’t think it will be one you will remember for long afterwards or want to reread so maybe consider borrowing it if possible.  Or if you see it on special offer, then yes I’d grab it!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.





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10 Responses to “Book Review : The Body Institute by Carol Riggs”

    • trish

      I’m with you, I think the cover is fab! It captures the futuristic vibe too. It was a good read, I didn’t flat out love it but it had a really interesting premise and it definitely kept me turning the pages rapidly to see what would happen.

    • trish

      Yes it’s a futuristic thriller. In a future world, you can hire someone to take over your body to exercise and lose weight for you. I liked the premise and it felt very original, I just would have liked it to dig deeper into the theme of bodies issues and self image. But it was good!

  1. Christy

    This sort of reminds me of another book I read, but can’t remember the title … I can picture the cover though. Damn, that’s going to bug me. Anyway, yeah, it sounds like an interesting premise. I mean, could you just imagine that being in real life?
    Christy recently posted…We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

    • trish

      It would handy to have a person come in and do all the work and deliver my dream body to me! But the idea that the government dictates your weight, pffttt, I’m not a fan of that! It’s an interesting read.

  2. Lola

    It sounds like an interesting concept, although I don’t think it’s possible, it’s still great when an author makes it sound possible. The main character sounds great and I like the sound of how she gains a new perspective to due being in other people their bodies. It’s a shame it lacks depth though. This sounds like one of those book you did enjoy reading, but that doens’t leave a lasting impression. Great Review!
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