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Big Girl Panties: A Novel Hardcover – July 9, 2013
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In this modern take on My Fair Lady, obese young widow Holly becomes the special project of Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer whose typical clients are professional athletes. As Logan reshapes Holly’s body and helps her deal with the emotional reasons she binge-eats, the two first become friends and then an attraction grows. Logan has never been with anyone like Holly before; his typical conquests are model-beautiful women who aren’t looking for commitment. When their relationship becomes physical, they keep it secret owing to Logan’s discomfort and Holly’s insecurities, but soon Holly realizes that she deserves to be in a relationship with someone who accepts her imperfections. Evanovich’s debut effort is a funny, clever, and well-paced read, but it lacks polish. Holly is a sympathetic protagonist and Logan has his charming moments, but the novel sends mixed messages about body image, self-esteem, and seeking male approval. --Aleksandra Walker
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I took an instant liking to Holly. I felt her frustration, pain and longing for affection & love. I have known that feeling of everyone watching the fat woman struggling down the aisle of a plane, praying I wasn't going to sit next to them. (Thankfully I'm no longer that wide) While I believe Holly wasn't morbidly obese, I feel the writer did a bang up job describing the weight issue and not make the reader uncomfortable to the point they couldn't move on in the story.
I like that Logan was oblivious to his own biased feelings about Holly in the beginning. Logan thinking he would help her out, be charitable with his time( he under the impression she was struggling financially based on her appearance on the plane) to see how his thoughts and beliefs changed so that he didn't believe it himself. Wondering if Holly would do a little lyposuction to rid her of the belly fat. His inner conflict over how he should feel and knowing it was wrong to think this way.
His friends Chase and Amanda are a riot. I'm glad to see The Sweet Spot, coming out later this year is their back story. First chapter was great!
I'm really happy I finished this book. It took forever to finish, as this title is in hot demand with in the LA County Public Library system, and I had to wait for it to come back to me, thank you Amazon 1.99 sale.
It made me laugh, it made me cry. And then I forgot about it. Two days ago I opened it up again while I was on the treadmill. Even though I knew I had read it before almost immediately, I got caught up in the story all over again. While it is a bit predictable as a romance novel, it was also a refreshing and fun take on the usual boy meets girl, boy loses girl, girl gets him back story line.
Now I'm going to have to buy some more of Stephanie's books because she just makes it fun to read!
Overall I loved it & had some serious LOL moments, so much that people around me would ask what I'm reading. The humor of both Holly's inner & outer dialogue is what kept me going. And to all you nay-sayers about them ending up together, I think that's how the book should've ended. I don't think he was as shallow & most people perceived him. I think it was like/love that he refused to acknowledge consciously because he didn't want to be tied down & we learned in the first chapter of the book.
As one opinion goes to another, it was a fun mostly flirty read that I'll save & read again next summer as I float in circles in the pool.
Thanks Stephanie Evanovich!!
It was impossible to put down. The book arrived on my doorstep at around noon, and by four p.m. I was turning the final page. I may have gotten up for a glass of water at one point but otherwise I was confined to a chair by the fact that I could not pull myself away from the action.
The action...yes. That is where this gets dicey...because there isn't a whole lot of it. The entire book flows along well, but without the highs and lows that a 'great' book might have. There is not really a pivotal moment, no significant turn of events, and I never found myself falling for the characters.
Now, I know that I have made this seem like a negative thing - it's not. It would be, except for the fact that Evanovich can turn something so mundane into something hilarious. Her witty commentary makes it almost unnecessary for there to be a concrete, thought-out plot because the voice of the book itself is so gripping. I could listen to her describe how to make a peanut butter sandwich and most likely find myself unable to reenter the real world until she was finished speaking.
That said - this was full of laugh-out-loud moments despite some heavier underlying issues (health and fitness, depression, etc.) and the pages basically turned themselves. I would highly recommend indulging in this treat. It is a lot like the foods that the main character tries so desperately to avoid: full of empty calories but so very, very delicious.