In my last post about traveling and the books I was bringing with me, I mentioned three titles that were coming along on the journey. I reviewed Her Road Home on Smart Bitches, and to do a micro-summary, except for the use of a particular word, I really liked the heroine and the setting, and think Laura Drake is a really strong writer of character-driven stories.
When I fly long distances, I try to start keeping the schedule of my destination as soon as I get on the plane. This is supposed to help with jet lag, but really, it's an exercise in keeping myself awake so I read 2 or 3 books per flight. My flights home were long this week, and so I had ample time to read the other two books I mentioned in my earlier entry about travel reading: A Curse Embraced by Cecy Robson and Big Girls Do It Better by Jasinda Wilder. I figured you might want to know how I liked them, so to start, here is a review of Big Girls Do It Better.
Big Girls Do It Better is a micro-story, told in several parts. There's five other books in the Big Girls series, and they're all assembled in an omnibus, as well. Big Girls Do It Better introduces Anna, who is a karaoke DJ, and very self conscious about her weight. She also has unabashed hornypants, which makes me like her a lot. She meets Chase, a musician, at a diner late one night, and is completely interested in him—and completely flummoxed when he's interested in her as well.
Here are three things to know about Big Girls Do It Better:
1. It's really short. It's a few scenes that bring Anna and Chase together, and then introduce a bigger conflict right at the end—which would prompt you to buy the next one to find out what happens. So, it's a serial of a sort.
2. The story deals with Anna's feelings about her size and her body very frankly, and it was so refreshing and powerful to see her negotiate her pride and shame, and how both show up and affect one another. She knows she's a—per the title—"big girl," she knows she's overweight, and for the most part, she accepts her size. She's not moaning about a diet or trying to change herself all the time. The first scene involves pie at a diner, for example.
But Anna is also aware that other people judge her for her size, that dudes think she's an easy lay and that out of desperation she'll hook up with them. While she accepts herself most of the time, she's also painfully aware that people are more likely to mistreat her because she's overweight, and thus half-expects people to do so. Anna's multiple perspectives on her size felt very honest and real to me, as she accepts her size, but struggles to really like herself and her size since so many people treat her horribly as a result of it.
3. Her inability to fully comprehend how hot Chase finds her is endearing at first, and gets a little tiresome later on, but it's mitigated by the fact that Anna and Chase both are honest about their sexuality and how much they desire one another. They have hornypants and no shame about it. It's lovely and powerful and hot.
My grade, based on reading only this one and not any of the others (I read it at 38,000 feet with no internet, alas!): B+.
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