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And I didn’t understand why she needed a live-in personal trainer to lose a few pounds. It just seemed a bit over the top and honestly like a weak reason to get them in each others lives again.
I did enjoy the switch between past and present perspectives and the added POV of Lance from the past was a nice touch. Although the present chemistry was harder to see and follow because I never really knew how he felt. His actions didn’t jive with what was implied. I was confused whenever they had any ‘moments’. I never truly felt the chemistry between them as adults. It felt very mental and my mind kept getting pulled out of the story because I kept wondering why they were so focused on their physical appearences.
And I couldn’t relate to the female lead. She seemed very self-absorbed and emotionally immature. Everything seemed to be ‘poor me, what am I gonna do’ And she was so stubborn she didn’t even want to take the help that was offered even thought she asked for it in the first place! It just got…tiring to keep reading about. By the time her character evolved it was too late for me.
I would have loved to have read only about their past. That would have been a great book. The present just focused on too many little things.
Lance and Maggie were childhood celebrities, and yet they were completely relatable (sometimes it was almost scary how similar their story was to my own). I wanted to dislike Lance, but the more I got to know him, the more I was rooting for him. On the other hand, I thought that Maggie forgiving him would make her weak. The hurt was too deep. As I read their story, I realized that once Maggie loved herself, WHATEVER decision she made, was the right one. And the same went for Lance. I was good with whatever ending they/she (Zart) chose.
I highly recommend this beautiful story.
*Given and ARC in return for an honest review.
I have been a hardcore fan of Lindy's books ever since I read Unlit Star a year ago and since I have devoured everything she has written. Each of her stories have these characters who are flawed in some way but we fall in love with them anyway and root for them to find the happiness they deserve. But with the characters in Within This Frame she gives us something different. This book is a love story yes much like her other books but the most important love story is becoming in love with yourself. In my opinion in order to be able to love someone else you have to be comfortable with who you are first. Inside and out. Body image issues have taken over our society to a dangerous degree and it's a main part of this story. Making the decision to become healthier and change your life for the better and changing how you think and see yourself in a positive way is a story I think a lot of us need to hear.
It also brings in a classic t.v. component and with the resurgence of shows from our teen years getting new life made a different set up for these characters that I haven't read 100 times before. It was a fresh and new story and one that kept me thinking and pondering the questions it raised along the way. I love the bickering of Maggie and Lance and how he kept telling her no matter what size she is she is beautiful. That's something that people need to hear from the significant others in their lives sometimes. Even if you think they know how you feel don't discount the added bump it gives to their self esteem to know you still find them McSteamy ;)
I love the positive changes and how Maggie changes from the character we saw at the beginning of the book to where she is at the end. I think that her and Lance both needed each other when fate brought them back together. Once again Lindy gives us a story that makes you think, makes you run the battery down on your eReader and have to switch to your phone at 2 am just so you can finish one more chapter, and makes you remember one more time why she is one of the most important voices in the genre.
I connected with the main character, they way she felt and thought. Sure she had a job that I never will, but the feelings and struggle she went through is so similar to so many other women out there.
I loved the alternating POVs because they provided insight to both characters. I loved watching them grow throughout the story and discovering their past. I wasn't a huge fan of the time jump with the change in POV. I would have have preferred alt POVs or back and forth timelines, because both at the same time were a bit distracting. Though it wasn't distracting enough to pull me out of the story.
I found myself rooting for Maggie to get to her goal, but to also not reach it so she could find acceptance in how she is in the beginning. Though I won't tell you which one it is.