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- Print Length: 272 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1975654137
- Publisher: Royalty Publishing House (August 20, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074YXNZPV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I give the book 2 out of 4 stars. Before I begin, I will mention that my writing style is different again because this time I will mostly use references to illustrate my points. My other reason is to show that these are not just my feelings talking. The following are my reasons for this rating:
My first issue is with the book's cover. The lady pictured on the cover does not look plus size. As a plus-size woman who is 5”11, I was disappointed. My excitement for the book decreased because of the cover. However, I tried to keep an open mind. I admit that I am a hypocrite and buy most books because of their covers. I could not connect to Claire because in my imagination she does not look anything like the woman on the cover. You read the book and wonder when the character on the cover is going to come into the story. This leads to my second concern, Claire.
Throughout most of the book, Claire talks about her love of food. This is one of the stereotypical opinions about plus-size gals. It would have been nice if the book had projected a less negative view of plus-size women. There were times in the book that being plus size was portrayed in a positive light, but this was undone by Claire's behavior.
In the book, Claire states: “There was no way I was going to lose weight in the next month. It just wasn’t feasible. I mean, we had been to the gym several times this week already, and I had even missed most of my meals, but here I was, still the same rollie pollie me.” An article on livestrong.com, "What Effect Does Skipping Meals Have on the Body?," states that “Although skipping a meal on rare occasions is harmless, skipping meals often does have negative health effects.”
My second concern with this sentence is that it does not specify what exercises Claire was doing at the gym or how much time she spent on them. According to the article "Working Out and Still Not Losing Weight? Here Are 7 Reasons Why," from health.com, "only doing cardio—or doing too much of it—can actually add to the problem." If Claire was doing cardio but still not losing weight, it could be easier to understand her obesity issue.
Those are my top issues with this book, but I noticed other problems. This could turn into a five-page research paper! Regardless, I would recommend this book to those who want a fluffy romance . Most readers want a book in which the story seems realistic. These issues would not bother some readers. Everyone has their own tastes.
The author's writing style is flowing and easy to follow along. The pace moves pretty quickly. I did like that Claire becomes more comfortable with her body while working out to be healthier and tone up. She takes her confidence even further to stand up to her sister and not allow her to steal her joy. I also liked the depth that the author went to describe the modeling life and make it realistic. There are several humorous conversations and situations that are sprinkled throughout the book. Overall, good read for anyone who likes contemporary romance and personal growth. Caution: there are several hot, extra sexy and steamy scenes!
I took a star away because I struggled with Claire, the main character. There are moments she is confident, others times she struggles. Very real and honest writing, which can totally be appreciated. But then there were parts that made me cringe a bit thinking about young girls reading this book and getting bad ideas. For example, Claire talks about trying to lose weight by skipping meals. I struggled because this character could be very real, but also not a great influence in some areas.
Overall, I would recommend this book if you are someone that does not struggle with eating disorders or become triggered by examples of unhealthy habbits.
I just have to point out the cover, though. Claire was a curvy character as described, but the woman on the cover looks nothing like one. She’s in fact skinny. But anyways, story-wise, this was really an enjoyable book and I’m sure fans of romance genre will truly have a great time devouring it. It was an easy read and really an ideal book to spend time with if you want to swoon, smile, and fall in love.