Review: Big Girl

 Meet Victoria Dawson, heroine of Big Girl by Danielle Steel. The firstborn child, she grows up feeling out of place in her family because of her fair hair and thicker build. While the rest of her family is dark haired and thin, Victoria is blond, blue-eyed and according to her father, has his grandmother’s ‘big’ build. Victoria puts up with her father’s thinly-veiled barbs while her mother constantly drops weight remarks. Meanwhile her parents dote on the younger sister Grace, as she is beautiful and thin. Victoria and Grace form a strong sisterly bond despite the family tension.

Victoria goes to college at Northwestern, then later becomes a private high school teacher in New York City. She is aware that she often overeats – especially when things go wrong – but she doesn’t know what to do about it. Continue reading Review: Big Girl

Review: The Ex-Factor


The Ex-Factor
by Andrea Semple
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Meet Martha Seymore – an advice columnist at Gloss Magazine. When she finds out that her boyfriend Luke has been cheating on her, she is devastated. (Having him admit it to her mid-foreplay just adds icing to the cake!) What’s a girl to do? Temporarily she moves in with her friend Desdemona, who just happens to be engaged to Alex, one of Martha’s ex boyfriends. Thus begins Martha’s search to get over Luke. She wonders if she will get over him if she found another man. Continue reading Review: The Ex-Factor

Review: Citizen Girl


After seeing all the bad reviews of this book, of course I was curious to read it! The main heroine of the story is Girl (yep, that’s her name). She is stuck in a job with a boss from hell and a tiny studio apartment in the city. However, her job doesn’t last long – after stealing a year’s worth of research from her, Girl’s boss Doris fires her unceremoniously. Girl enters the desperate world of job seeking, and through a series of accidental meetings she lands a job at My Company. (Yeah, that’s the name of the actual company.) Guy, her loud, obnoxious boss spends most of his time screaming obscenities into his cell phone, and doesn’t exactly make clear exactly what she’s supposed to do. As a result, she spends half of her time trying to figure that out, and the other half covering up her mistakes when she discovers her original assumptions were wrong. If that isn’t enough, the people she is subletting her apartment from notify her that she has to move immediately, as they need to take possession of it. Continue reading Review: Citizen Girl

Review: The Goddess Rules

It’s a plot that has been done many, many, times: sweet, caring girl has boyfriend who treats her like dirt. Girl keeps intending to leave boyfriend but is too weak. On the sidelines is an old guy friend who is cute and nice who you know girl will end up with. Girl doesn’t realize she has feelings for nice guy until nearly the end of the story. Then jerk boyfriend comes back for one more go-round. Girl realizes her mistake almost too late but ends up with nice guy in end.

Sound familiar?

The Goddess Rules by Clare Naylor features a slight variation of the above story. Meet Kate Disney. She lives in a shed, she paints animals for a living, and is unhappy with her life. Yes, the requisite gay best friend is around. But this time there is another character, the fascinating Mirri. Continue reading Review: The Goddess Rules

Review: Sleeping Over

There are five engaging main characters in Sleeping Over, Stacey Ballis’s latest novel: Jess, who has just returned home from the Peace Corps and ends up in bed with the handsome and charming Dr. Harrison. Since he is known as a womanizer, Jess intends to steer clear… but why are they sleeping together every night? Robin meanwhile has been busy cozying up to Michael, who is also her boss. But they are “just friends”… although Robin is nursing strong feelings for him. Beth and Anne are sisters, and both going through man troubles of their own: Anne has just met the enchanting Chris, and is slowly falling in love. Beth has had a lot of bad luck with men – after getting out of a long relationship with a selfish but incredibly intelligent man. Lastly, there is Lilith. She is torn between an adorable and sweet bartender, and a married actor whom she can’t stop thinking about. Then there is her boyfriend… Continue reading Review: Sleeping Over

Review: Dreaming In Black And White

Meet Phoebe Grant. She is thirty-something, has a few extra pounds padding her figure, and just wants to meet a good Christian man to settle down with. Unfortunately she is laid off from her job writing obituaries, and must find something else to do. At the same time, her best friend Lindsey signs her up for an online personals service. After at least one disastrous date resulting from the dating service, Phoebe thinks she has met the email man of her dreams. But then she gets a call from her mother who has become injured and needs Phoebe to fly home to the small California town she grew up in.

Back at home, Phoebe has her hands full with the town’s newspaper, which lost one its oldest reporters. Her mother also keeps her busy, as does a couple of other causes Phoebe can’t resist getting involved with. Her dating life is pretty much non-existant, since the only man that seems to be available is the infuriatingly handsome yet seemingly moral-lacking Alex, who was responsible for Phoebe’s layoff back in Cleveland. But is there more that meets the eye to this guy? Continue reading Review: Dreaming In Black And White

Review: I’m Not The New Me


Blogging and online diaries are a very popular thing these days. Nearly everyone has something to say. I’m Not the New Me by Wendy McClure is a memoir based on the online journal she kept to (sort-of) track her weight loss. This book chronicles how Wendy lost over 25 pounds mostly using the Weight Watchers system. She makes clear that she was adamantly against all the diet type things and advice that everyone always gave her. Through the course of the story, we learn how Wendy came about to deciding to lose weight and putting her website online; how she had a couple of serious relationships that fell apart; how she learned through friends that she wasn’t truly “ready” to lose all of her weight. And much more.

Laid out in short chapters that occasionally go from present to past tense, there are even some funny weight-watcher cards in the middle of the book that make fun of the horrible diet “dishes” that are supposed to be healthy. Continue reading Review: I’m Not The New Me

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