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Nothing To Lose (A fat girl romantic comedy) [Kindle Edition]

Consuelo Saah Baehr
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Praise for Nothing To Lose:

"Pert, pithy and very New York; full of the admirable offhand observations of an unfooled eye." Times Literary Supplement

"Nothing to Lose is a book for every person who has ever wanted something that's persisted in staying just out of reach. This is a funny book - both in its unorthodox heroine and in its treatment of a sensitive subject." Newsday

"You will melt over April Taylor, delight in her marvelous friends and fall in love with her prince." Susan Isaacs, author of Compromising Positions, Shining Through

Book Description:
A novel of insight and great humor, this is a Cinderella story about the triumphant makeover of the body and spirit of April Taylor, a fat girl from Queens with the right mind but the wrong body.
April - 60 lbs. overweight, reeling from a broken marriage wangles a job as a softgoods copywriter in a suburban department store. There she meets Don, the black design manager who is determined to help her. "You're not really breathing," he tells her. "You're holding your breath for the next insult . . . such a waste, such a pretty face." April capitulates and the program begins: the wogging, the jogging, the hip walking and near starvation that will melt her prison of fat.

Nothing to Lose is also about April's fantasy lover, Luis O'Neill. Luis is a half Irish, half Puerto Rican boy from the projects who makes it to Princeton and utilizes his dazzling good looks to become the youngest president in Burdie's history. Set against the backdrop of the outrageous world of advertising and marketing
this is a jubilant and satisfying story of risk-taking and love between two worthy survivors.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 340 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Consuelo Saah Baehr; Fourth Edition edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041N3RG6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Fun November 7, 2010
By act3
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Nothing to Lose is fun to read. The story itself is as old as girl-meets-boy, girl-loses-boy, girl-gets boy, but hey that's a very good story, indeed.
The best part of Nothing to Lose is the direct, straight-forward style. The author is a master of the plain declarative sentence and uses it to great effect. There isn't a single wasted adverb in the book. The pared down language is a powerful tool to get the story across and to make the humor pop.

An added bonus for me is the setting, New York advertising in the '80s. Lots of topical references that really take me back.
Its quick reading and totally entertaining. I found the ending a bit abrupt and I would like to have had another couple of chapters just to savor April's good fortune. Even with that small caveat I highly recommend Nothing to Lose.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant December 9, 2010
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April Taylor tries to eat her way out of depression for months after the failure of her marriage. Luis O'Neill is emotionally unavailable to women and overcompensates in his job to make up for his upbringing in the projects. Eventually April and Luis meet.

Yes, this is a romance story about a woman and a man who find each other. But it isn't your typical romance. Author Consuelo Saah Baehr doesn't analyze her characters or let them analyze themselves. Instead, she takes readers deep into these people's lives, shows what has shaped them, what is happening to them now, makes us care about them, and then lets readers do their own analysis. In the poignant scene where Luis asks April about her divorce, and she thinks she reads on his face that Luis will decide she's not desirable because another man dumped her, I found myself thinking, "Don't hurt her. She was so beat up emotionally by the failure of her marriage. Please, Luis, be nice." It was then that I saw how truly clever this author was in getting me to understand these characters and root for them without beating me over the head with an info dump.

The characters are completely fleshed out and, flaws and all, I loved them. The setting--New York and Newark world of advertising--was interesting and the details rang true. Ms. Baehr's dry wit added an extra dimension of humor to the writing, which was superb.

I thought the ending was too quick, but otherwise I really loved this book and will read more from this author. Highly recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to Lose July 13, 2011
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Nothing to Lose by Consuelo Saah Baehr is a story about breaking free from the stereo types, beating the odds, and taking the unexpected path in life. Good things don't come to those who wait. They're snatched up by those who seize the moment and make it their own and that's exactly what April Taylor and Luis O'Neil were going to do!

April had always been a heavy-set girl but hadn't really seen that as a hindrance. It merely was what it was. She had her mother's large hazel eyes and her father's thick chestnut hair, making it obvious to others that she'd be a total knock-out if she could just lose the extra pounds. Thankfully Sylvie, April's best friend, had found a great job for April that would not only take her out of her comfort zone, but would help get April going in the right direction with her life. She soon left Queens and jumped straight into a Manhattan lifestyle! She had lost weight and gained the self-confidence she needed in order to get ahead and go after what she She set her sights on Harald, falling hard and fast. Everything was picture perfect, just as it should be. Unfortunately, her fairytale ending didn't last long and April found herself alone and diving deeper into her bad habits and self-destructive ways. That is, until she went to work for Mr. Luis O'Neil.

Luis O'Neil was the son of an Irish father and Puerto Rican mother. He was a handsome and academically gifted child, straying from the expected street life he grew up with. Instead, he focused on achievement, being the best at what he did, and living the American dream! After studying at Princeton he landed himself a job with a major retail corporation, starting off small as a buyer and quickly becoming one of the company's presidents!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Well Written, Delightful to Read, Insightful December 4, 2011
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Loved this book. Very well written. Characters are real.
Funny, thoughtful, honest, entertaining.
Well worth your reading time.
Invites you in to their world and New York.
Insightful reframing of dialogue between characters, hopeful and useful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Started Strong, Shallow Ending March 14, 2012
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(Spoiler Alert) His story, her story, but THEIR story wasn't as well developed. And I think it fed into the myth that you have to be thin to be happy. Same girl, same guy, yet he never "saw" her until she lost the weight. Does not leave much hope that this relationship will fare any better than her first marriage.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Fun easy read, really more about the relation between the characters, loved the dialog. Interesting the way the author let you struggle along side the weight loss with the character. Would recommend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No comedy about it. To much sex in formation. March 29, 2013
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It crept up on me January 29, 2012
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There aren't many new books being written that are set in the 80s. At least not one sthat are done so well---from fashion to news headlines. It was in interesting twist on a good story. I found myself wondering how these characters have survived the next 30 years to the present day---from our heroine and her prince to Don and Pierre. I guess that means the author has done a very good job of creating very real characters.

Unlike most "romance" stories this one isn't so much about the journey that our main characters take together but rather is about the journeys that bring them together. Most of the story doesn't have anything to do with their relationship together. There was a lot of backstory in both of their lives to get through before they could meet in a meaningful way. There wasn't a lot of drama and action, but there was a lot of real emotion. I enjoyed the seperate journeys April and Luis were on and would like to read more about their journey together in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent read
Published 1 month ago by Wanda Cobbins
1.0 out of 5 stars What a sad world view....
Spolier here.

This is a book about a girl who loses weight and marries a man who stops loving her when she gains weight again- they divorce. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Ggem
2.0 out of 5 stars nothing to lose review
I thought the story was all over the place and kept changing characters so you were confused. I would not recommend this book to read
Published 4 months ago by Cindy
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Story
Kinda feel good type of story that shows how our bodies reflect our emotional standing. I liked how she finally gets herself together and changes the downward spiral. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Teri Hicks
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
Slow... weird format... just not my cup of tea. Had to force myself to stay with it to the end.
Published 5 months ago by TessieLassie
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I really had a hard time getting into this book. The author's writing style made the story move along too quickly, glazing over what I thought should be important details, then... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Corry
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow
I had a hard time following all the different chapters while focusing on April. She went through lots of self image issues that I could relate to.
Published 6 months ago by Phyllis Swain
4.0 out of 5 stars love it
Wish it would have gone on longer! I would love to see where she ended up. Did she stay or go home?
Published 7 months ago by Marla Conwell
2.0 out of 5 stars Kind of a disappointment
This book wasn't so much a "fat girl romantic comedy" as it was yet another story about a woman who loses weight then gets everything she's ever wanted. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Darlene P.
5.0 out of 5 stars another great book
Nothing To Lose a fat girl romantic comedy was a great read. Let's just say I did not put it down and finished it in 3 days. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sylvie's Book Corner
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More About the Author

Consuelo Saah Baehr was born in El Salvador to French/Palestinian parents. At age five she joined her father and five uncles in Washington, D.C. where they ran the prestigious boutique department store, Jean Matou, a favorite of Bess Truman and Jackie Kennedy. Convent boarding schools came next and George Washington University. After college she began writing advertising copy for the Macy Corp. Marriage and three children followed and the writing was silent until a stunning Op-Ed piece in The New York Times brought a flurry of offers from book publishers. The result was the personal memoir, Report From The Heart (Simon & Schuster). Four novels followed: Best Friends (Delacorte/Dell); Nothing To Lose (Putnam's); Daughters (Delacorte/Dell) and 100 Open Houses soon to be a Kindle original.
Daughters, a historical family saga set in pre-war Jerusalem, has been translated into 15 languages. It was published as a Kindle book in late August.

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