TWO 🎩🎩 hats from Britt
I very much had a love hate with this book. I mean that whole love/hate thing swung to the extreme on both sides. When I loved it I REALLY loved it, but I have to be honest and say as a plus size woman there were multiple times I actually yelled “SERIOUSLY?!” out loud while dramatically rolling my eyes. Let me break it down for anyone who’s not part of the big girl club, when I say plus sized I mean PLUS. I got a lot of booty, a lot of hips, and a lot of just everything. Idgaf about any judgement mostly because despite the way the world can be horrible, I haven’t had anyone try to attack me for being plus sized since middle school.
So for the author I’d like to say, I appreciate you taking the leap of a plus sized character but we fit on planes. We fit in booths. We can walk and keep up at events and socializing just fine even if we’re walking. It’s true, we can also walk. For miles. Shocking. I know. You’ve written a young woman who is plus sized as if she is debilitatingly morbidly obese. I have never walked through anywhere as a plus sized woman and been made fun of simply for being plus sized.
I mean, I’m sure d-bags have said stuff behind my back, but they’ve also said stuff about the skinny girl, and the short guy, and most likely their own mothers too. Do I believe people should take care of the bodies their given? Oh absolutely I do, but that gives no one the right to shame someone for how their bodies are built and even with the best of intentions that is exactly what you have done in this book by portraying your plus sized character this way.
Now that I’m off my love your body box, I can say I adored Linc. He seemed to be the only sane person in this book aside from Alexis. He was literally the ONLY one who treated her like a normal person and not like less than human,and that includes Alexis’ well intentioned friends. Well, let me rephrase that, he was perfect right up until he thought how he’d make her life better by getting her fit. *side eye* yeah, that was a thing. I just, I want to love this book, but I can’t. The way everyone in this book was aside from Linc and Alexis was just flat out toxic and self esteem ruining for anyone who is plus sized. I think the promise of great is there, but the execution left a lot to be desired. If the focus was taken more off of Alexis’ weight and put more on the actual romance this would have been incredibly sweet and a solid five stars for me.