Holly Brennan lost her husband to cancer over a year ago. Never thin, her weight ballooned as she
This quick read (by the sister of well-known author Janet Evanovich) gives a measure of reality to basic chicklit. Holly is a very believable character that readers will empathize with. Her depression and struggle to control her weight, her small victories, and her baggage are well-depicted, making Holly more than two dimensional. Logan is less developed and more stylized, which serves to puts the focus on Holly. While not as deep as Jennifer Weiner’s In Her Shoes, this novel is similar in tone and theme: don’t judge a girl by her weight; change to be healthy and to fit your body’s needs, not to fit into society’s mold of perfection; and be yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and recommend it to anyone wanting to read about a heroine they can identify with.
Evanovich, Stephanie. Big Girl Panties. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2013. Ebook. (Print version to be released January 21, 2014)