and abundant teen
This e-story is
billed as a Y/A romance, and I feel that the label suits it
perfectly. It's short and sweet and reads like a made-for-TV
movie aimed at the teen crowd, complete with a mystery, big trouble, and
We first meet 18
year old Freshman Sandra Reese as she is waiting in line to receive her
dorm room assignment. Her inner monologue makes it painfully clear how she
feels about herself. The more uptight she feels about her appearance
to others, the klutzier she becomes. The klutzier she becomes, the
more uptight she feels. It's a vicious cycle, and one that all
people can relate to. Fortunately for her, she discovers she
has the most amazing and loving roommate, Danny, who is instrumental in
turning Sandra around in her thoughts and feelings about
herself. The story has a doubly happy ending for our heroine
who finds love not only with her hero, but also with herself.
worked for me:
I could relate to
Sandra's feeling about herself; the way she made herself invisible, while
at the same time complaining that no one really ever saw her. And
the way she believed that no guy, let alone a truly handsome one would ever
want a girl like her was also a point that hit home for me.
I won't write the
hero's name here and give away the story (there was a choice to be made
between two guys at one point) but I enjoyed the way he bolstered Sandra's
self-esteem and tried to make her understand that he thought she was a
stunningly gorgeous and sexy young woman.
Side note: The
Mom in this story drove me nuts! I wanted to send her to therapy
with a note tacked to her forehead that read, "I think I am a loving
helpful Mom, but am actually tearing my kid apart."
What didn't work for me:
This story was very short, which didn't leave a lot of room for plotline
and character development. The story is mainly moved forward
by dialogue, one of the reasons it felt script-like for me. The
other reason it felt script-like actually has nothing to do with the story
itself, but the fact that this was my first time reading a book on my
computer, and the long vertical, single-page format gave me the feeling of
reading a play. (I will miss the wonderfully musty smell of books
dredged off the shelves of a used book store, but I realize that it is
time for me to be dragged kicking and screaming into the new millennium.
It was a fun, fast read for me. I'm
used to longer historical novels, so reading a novella with a contemporary
setting was a nice change of pace. Size and its impact on a woman's
self-esteem remains a constant theme throughout this book, so it's a great
story to recommend to anyone struggling with this issue, particularly
young teenage girls.
If you liked
"Love by the Pound" you might also enjoy
"Love at Large",
Odelia Grey mystery series, "A
"Shadows in Moonlight",
After Midnight", and
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