From Publishers Weekly
In this smart, endearing third outing from London-based Kean, witty and knowing 28-year-old Sunny Weston lives in a London suburb, where she runs a home-based Internet business selling sex toys. Sick of being overweight and in unrequited love with the unattainable Adrian, Sunny loses 98 pounds the hard way-a strict diet and exercise. But now that she can have Adrian, she no longer wants him. Her navel gazing, however, is soon interrupted when a young boy is kidnapped before her eyes from a Starbucks. With her newly athletic body, Sunny is able to chase down the kidnapper, and, with the help of another bystander, Cagney, return the boy to his panicked mother. This event sets in motion the process of coming to terms with her notions of the perfect body and the perfect man. Kean follows Sunny as her life returns to normal, which includes hanging out with friends Anna and Lisa, and seeing her therapist, with whom she questions her relationships with food, her body and men. Finally, Sunny must find her own terms for happiness. Well-written and engrossing, this novel may inspire and entertain those who are tired of the hunger for love, or just tired of hunger.
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Cagney and Sunny are both unhappy people, inescapably thrust together time and again as a result of their one selfless action in rescuing a small boy from a would-be kidnapper, and inexplicably repelled by and attracted to one other. Cagney, world-weary and cynical after three failed marriages, makes his living investigating cheating women. Sunny, who runs her own Internet sex-toy business, always viewed her excess weight as the reason she never dated, but she has recently lost 98 pounds and is frantically seeking love, although she's not quite sure she'll recognize it when she finds it. Kean's introspective novel of self-discovery and personal growth is set in the present-day London enclave of Kew and enhanced by the dual points of view she affects. Both Cagney and Sunny are engaged in desperate attempts not only to make sense of the random cruelties perpetrated by the lovely and sought-after who prey on those less fortunate but also to grasp happiness when it steps in front of them. Lynne WelchCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved