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- 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
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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.*
Let’s face it, we’ve all had one of those days when drowning in a bottle of tequila sounds like a fantastic idea. Everly has quite a few of those days in this book, and the hilarious part about it is what she gets up to when she’s drunk… because Evie is a blackout drunk and has to rely on friends to tell her what’s happened the day after.
Fat Girl Begone! is chicklit in the fine tradition of Bridget Jones; most of Evie’s issues are of her own making and inside her own head. While she only loses a few pounds over the course of the book (five and a half) she does make some massive changes in her life and her self-confidence skyrockets as a result.
It’s a funny thing that self-confidence can make a woman incredibly attractive even if nothing else about her has changed, and Evie soon discovers this as from being dumped at the beginning of the book, she soon has men practically throwing themselves at her. I won’t spoil the book for you by telling you who she ends up with, but I will say that the hero was so fantastically adorable I wrote a note in my reviewing document saying “If Evie doesn’t end up with _____ I am going to KILL EVERYONE”.
This is a gorgeous book with a funny, relatable heroine. Even though Evie isn’t obese, in her own head she is, and therefore any woman with a self-esteem OR a weight issue can absolutely relate to her. There is no fat-shaming in this book, only celebration of women being who they are and becoming the best they can be, and I absolutely loved it. Five stars, and I’ll be looking out for more of this author in the future.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through ReadingAlley.
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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