Saturday, March 29, 2014

[Book Review] Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

Big Girl PantiesBig Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part 1: From The Book Cover

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back--and a whole lot more! Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband's illness and death. Now she's alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief. Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she's met her goals--and other men are noticing?

Part 2: Recommendation

This book was in my To-Read list and I completely forgot who recommended it or where I heard it from but based on GoodReads alone, it seems like readers either enjoyed the book or despised it. I am one of those who enjoyed the book. This is the first time I've been exposed to Stephanie Evanovich's work and I had a pretty good experience with it. I have no personal issues on weight - well, except maybe to gain a couple more pounds. All my life I have struggled to pack in more meat in me. I was always between 75 to 90 pounds. I have no eating disorder and I am not anorexic. As of writing, at 32 years old, I have finally reached my goal of 100 pounds and hoping to keep it that way or at the most 105 pounds and all the weight has accumulated in the belly area. This book makes me want to go down to my basement and use the Elliptical and do some ab workout afterwards so people are not coming up to me and asking "When are you due?" Now, let's talk about the book, shall we?

Big Girl Panties is a very light, funny and sweet read. I was listening to the audiobook at work, read by Katie Schorr - who did an awesome job by the way - and I had to suppress laughter, gasps, giggles and tears so as not to disturb others in our little cube farm.

I have to admit that it is very rare to have an average-looking, short, frumpy, overweight heroine in a chick-lit romance so this is much appreciated. I like Holly's sense of humor and I love her journey into becoming healthy both physically and mentally. As for Logan, he was a bit of a jerk on and off especially during the first half of the book. And even though he's not very likeable at first, as you get to know him, you eventually learn to like him. Take note on the word "like." To be honest, Logan is not my favorite hero. And though a lot of people on GoodReads describe Logan as unreal, I think the author nailed Logan's personality as being narcissistic, shallow and a jerk to those who are not as good-looking and buff/fit as he is and those from his world. I absolutely adore it when I get a glimpse of what goes on in his head and how Logan develops as a character. I love seeing Logan struggle with his emotion when it comes to Holly mainly because he is predisposed to be attracted to tall, skinny blondes and Holly is the exact opposite of his usual type. Hence the internal debate. As for Tina, Amanda and Chase, I thought they were believable supporting characters. A lot of the reviewers mentioned something about a lot of head hopping between Logan and Holly and that they didn't care much for it. I thought it was okay and I see it as necessary in order to see how these two characters grow and develop. So I'm okay with a lot of head hopping here because you can easily identify who's point of view it is. The plot is not complicated at all and easy to follow, which is perfect for a light easy read.

As I said, this is my first time reading Stephanie Evanovich and I like her writing style and her sense of humor. I have a feeling though that Ms. Evanovich is holding back when it comes to humor leaking onto her pages. I would love to see more of her sense of humor on the pages and for a debut novel, I thought it was good. I hope she will be coming out with more books in the future because I am definitely going to be looking forward to reading more from this author.

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