- File Size: 860 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1545477175
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XTSHJHB
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,073 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I found Everly to be such a realistic character, so much so that at times I wanted to give her a little smack upside the head! But luckily she had Blaze and her crazy group of new friends there to do what I couldn't. But as much as I wanted to smack her for some of her thoughts and issues, I knew exactly how she felt. As someone who has struggled with weight my whole life I could see myself in her- her struggles, her at times unrealistic expectations, her negative view of herself. I could completely empathisize with her. Her journey of self-discovery was one I took not too long ago- I'm just missing the hot, geeky millionaire love interest!
From start to finish this is a book I think a lot of women will see themselves in- there are pieces of Everly that every woman will be able to relate to. Ms. Haggerty did a great job of handling what can be a delicate and tricky subject. Fat Girl Begone is in equal measures uplifting and entertaining.
It might seem like Everly Rawlins has it all—handsome and successful boyfriend, partnership-track at her accounting firm, secret savings account to fund her dream wedding. But her self-image tells her she’s fat, her boyfriend tells her he’s leaving because he can’t take any more of her obsession with diet instead of him, her best friend tells her that tequila-fuelled decision to pre-pay for a private trainer is non-negotiable, and her employer tells her security will be escorting her from their premises. And that’s just the beginning, as author D. E. Haggerty keeps the romance tropes flying so fast we barely register the meet-cute with Mr. Yummy, the obligatory ensuing love triangle, and all four types of what the Greeks called the four loves:
* STORGE (Affection/family love): Everly builds a new family-of-choice in her supportive, profane, but well-dressed new friends from the gym.
* PHILIA (Friendship love): Her best friends steadfastly refuse to accept Everly’s body image issues, seeing her as both intelligent and beautiful.
* EROS (Romantic love): Rejected by her long-time boyfriend, Everly tries to keep new suitors firmly in the friend-zone, telling herself that she is not up to their league.
* AGAPE (Unconditional love): With her former boyfriend as the poster boy for how to undermine self-image, Everly is suspicious of unconditional love when it’s offered.
There are so many things I liked about Everly. The snarky banter with her friends, the humor that shines through even when she’s at her lowest points, the secret core of strength she has no idea is there, and way we start to see her intelligence and beauty as reflected in her friends’ love and admiration—these all combine in beautifully orchestrated character development.
There were a few things I found a little harder to swallow. There’s the billionaire who seems to work about an hour a week, the new business that springs into life and instant success, the will-they/won’t-they (they will) suspense, the expanding triangle as every guy she meets falls in lust with Everly, and especially the mind-boggling perfection of a suitor whose like hasn’t been seen outside the pages of Porn for Women. (Sexy Shirtless Guy: “As soon as I finish the laundry, I’ll do the grocery shopping. And I’ll take the kids with me.”)
Does any of that matter? Not if what you’re looking for is a funny, entertaining, and ultimately charming journey to a destination you knew about right from the start. If that’s what you’re hoping for, then Fat Girl Begone is exactly the right ticket.
*I received this book from the publisher or author to facilitate an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
First of all, I love that every chapter starts with a "positive thought" for the day....some of which are really a stretch to find something positive in her current situation. I also love the note at the end of the book about body shaming, where the author makes some very good points.
This story has a lot of points which hit close to home for me. Everly has self-esteem issues, and sees herself as a "fat girl," no matter how many people tell her what a gorgeous, sexy woman she is. Even having her personal trainer, her ex, and a hot millionaire all wanting to date her doesn't seem to change her mind.
I love the group of friends she makes in her Zumba class, and her friends Lily and Blaze are also great supporting characters. Two of the three men turn out to be total jerks, while the third is an absolute dream come true.
Lots of humor in this story, as well as very realistic characters who are easily relatable. The author is going to have to do something incredibly amazing to top this one....but I'll be satisfied with more stories of this quality. :)
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