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What a breath of fresh air! Finally, a story about weight issues that feels real - one that is told with depth, with heart, with emotion.
Eric, who battled weight in a way that most are familiar with, won me over immediately. Watching him struggle to lose weight properly, wrestle with self-esteem issues, fight to be healthy, I was drawn to him from the start. Such a beautiful person, but always unhappy with what is on the outside. I think many of us have a little bit of Eric inside.
Corey was the enigma. Beautiful on the outside, no one would suspect how fragile he is on the inside. Needing to gain weight, Corey also struggled to eat right, to get healthy. As layer upon layer was revealed, I saw that he, too, doubted himself. He, too, had self-esteem issues. In some ways he was so much more broken than Eric. I think that's why I fell for him so deeply.
Each on the opposite end of the spectrum, but needing the same thing, to be loved for who they were inside. From strangers to classmates to friends to lovers, they came together in a story with some of the most heartwarming scenes I've ever read.
Normal people with normal problems. With realistic outcomes. There was no easy fix. Eric and Corey don't miraculously end up looking like body-builders. They fall off the wagon, but they get back up again. And they keep going, just like the rest of us.
Yet another well written book from Felice Stevens. What beautiful characters. What a beautiful story. How do I love Corey and Eric? Let me count the ways....These two have found a place in my heart, and they are not going anywhere anytime soon.
Relax. This one is a keeper. It takes a while to get over the fact that overweight Eric might ever get off his pity pony and almost anorexic Corey can climb out of his cynical cycle, both thrown together because of their issues with food, and weight. As is her modus operandus, Stevens takes her time to flesh out the personalities of her MCs, throws in a lot of conversations, develops good supporting characters, and throws us a bone or two in plot twists along the way.
And, along the way I found that Eric and Corey were real people, and their issues real, and their solutions challenging and real as well. That they slowly grow from classmates to dinner mates to bedmates is paced right, even though there are deep questions along the way in both of their minds--to say nothing of their stomachs.
There's a lot going on here, and it's laconically exciting rather than feverishly overdone. This is a winner, and I upped it from 4 1/2 to 5 stars because you really should read it.
It was also nice to see these guys develop a friendship before they fell into a relationship. Even though they progressed quickly the relationship seemed to have a solid foundation of mutual support and trust. I admit that I had much more sympathy for Eric's character and liked him better, but you could definitely believe in his love for Corey.
A very nice and satisfying love story of two very realistic characters.