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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440245214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440245216
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Household name Steel (Going Home) falls short of her best in her latest. Victoria Dawson has always felt like an outcast. When her little sister Grace is born, father Jim tells Victoria she was the tester cake, and they finally got it right with the beautiful Gracie. Victoria grows up in her sister's shadow, and though she loves Gracie dearly, she's anxious to leave home. The pain doesn't stop there, though. Her father calls her first job at a prestigious private school in Manhattan pathetic, and Victoria begins a battle with her weight and her belief that she is unlovable (even though men pursue her). The premise of the story is sound, but it doesn't ring true: the parents are two-dimensional, cruel monsters and Victoria seems to have everything: fantastic job, amazing apartment, perfect best friends. It's hard to believe that her parents would still wield such power. Steel barely grazes the surface of an important topic, but it's not reality that has positioned her at the top of bestseller lists. (Mar.)
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"A story for all sisters and slimmers!" Woman --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By AngeH on September 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The following is written in the style of "Big Girl." If you think this is a great review, then you will LOVE the book.
Danielle Steele is a bestselling author. She writes books. She thinks of stories, and she writes them down. And then her publisher publishes them. Because she is an author who writes bestselling novels. She has been writing bestselling novels for years. Sometimes Danielle writes long novels and sometimes she writes shorter novels. Writing is what she does, and she loves it. Danielle loves writing down stories, and her publisher loves publishing them. And everyone makes TONS of money, because she is a bestselling author. She writes books, and she enjoys writing them.

Lately, Danielle has decided that while she still likes writing, it takes too long to write good books, and her readers don't care, anyway. She realizes that if she just bangs out a novel that has no plot, and just repeats the same two or three ideas over and over and over again, her readers will buy it. Because they will buy anything she writes. The fact is, Danielle is an author who writes bestselling novels for her readers, who are not very demanding. Why take the time and trouble to write a novel with well-drawn characters, interesting situations, good dialogue, or even a plot? Her readers will buy her books, regardless.

She tells her publishers her latest idea, about a girl who is a few pounds overweight, but her parents and sister are not. The girl wants to be a teacher. That's pretty much the whole book. They are delighted with this idea.
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73 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Patricia G. Cottrell on February 28, 2010
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Don't get me wrong; Ms. Steele is still writing books you want to read, just because it's DS -- the problem is that the storyline of this book was something that I can't imagine Ms. Steel even venturing into in 2010. To see women so subservient to their narcissitic mates, to allow cheating, to be verbally and emotionally abusive to your own child, isn't something I would have thought she'd write. I thought she was about the strong women while having problems that they overcome because of their strength and relationships. This one made me angry, not only because of the content (big people), but because she wasn't more of an advocate for the way these women are treated. It made me very sad to see that she wrote in this vein.

Again, because it's Danielle Steel, I read it, but was hugely disappointed in what I thought her viewpoint of this might be. She could have really had a voice in how parents treat their heavier children, or those that aren't perfection. Instead she continued to feed the disparity between the children, and allowed a mother, a woman (her primary audience) to be so manipulated and subservient to her husband. All she cared about was playing bridge and doing her husband's bidding, then treating her first born as though she were a non-person. The impact she could have made on the issues she covered would have been enormous, but instead the story continued along without her seeing what impact it had on what she and her narcissistic husband referred to as the "tester."

Our society looks at heavier (big) people in disgust, and she continued to feed into it, instead of making it better for the girl, I think the storyline made it worse.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Madar on March 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Let me preface this by saying this is the first Danielle Steel book I've read, and I'm only about 100 pages into it. I don't know if I can finish it, but I am trying my hardest as it's a book club read.

I have no idea if she always writes like this, but this reads as I would imagine an "Idiot's Guide" does. There is no such thing as nuance, and if you didn't get it the first 10x she told you, don't worry; she'll tell you 10 more times...and that's just on the next page. It actually makes me angry to read it because I keep thinking, "How dumb does she think I am?"

As for the characters, they are incredibly one-dimensional (really, I'm a third through the book, and no one has learned anything new?) and outdated. It's 2010, and the mother in this book went to college and got a degree but could care less since she only wanted to snare a husband. Seriously? And she keeps telling her intelligent daughter that she shouldn't do things that look smart because boys don't like that. Again...seriously???

It's truly a painful read. I honestly think this is the worst book I've ever read, and there have been many books I haven't liked. Usually, I dislike them because I find them boring, slow, or just not my style. I've never happened upon something quite like this.

At the very least, wait on a library list for it. Do NOT waste you money.

ETA (1 month later): While it never got better for me, this book did inspire great book club discussion. Topics were sensitive touch points....It's too bad she didn't give the book the depth and intelligence it deserved.
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