Bon Bons to Yoga Pants (The Health and Happiness Society, #1)
Lexie Greene has always had such a pretty face. Unfortunately, that's where it seemed to stop. She's grown up hearing her Mother constantly remind her that she needs to lose weight. And twenty-three-year-old Lexie knows she’s overweight.With her younger sister's wedding on the horizon and a crush to stalk on Facebook, Lexie's had enough. She gives up her constant daydreams about food and joins a dieting group. As the pounds melt away at the gym, she finds that life on the other side of junk food isn't what she thought. Bon Bons to Yoga Pants is an inspirational hit about a girl coming to terms with herself, and her past, all while navigating a world of food and fitness.

Bon Bons to Yoga Pants (The Health and Happiness Society, #1) Details

TitleBon Bons to Yoga Pants (The Health and Happiness Society, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 1st, 2015
PublisherAntebellum Publishing
ISBN-139780996624909
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Bon Bons to Yoga Pants (The Health and Happiness Society, #1) Review

  • Aradhna Kaur
    January 1, 1970
    I read this on wattpad just a couple of days ago and I loved it so much. So inspirational, so realistic, so moving. Lexie is so relatable, and everybody is fleshed out - I love how everybody has insecurities and fears, and Lexie's growth is just phenomenal.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know why this was the book to get me out of my reading plateau, but it did and I read the whole thing even though I kind of hated it. The characters were all insufferable, the narrator was horrifyingly judgemental and ultimately I just didn't care about what happened to her at all. The descriptions of her fat long-time best friend felt really callous (seriously, she "waddled" away?), especially compared to her glowing, romantic descriptions of her new skinny gym friend. I hated that Lexi I don't know why this was the book to get me out of my reading plateau, but it did and I read the whole thing even though I kind of hated it. The characters were all insufferable, the narrator was horrifyingly judgemental and ultimately I just didn't care about what happened to her at all. The descriptions of her fat long-time best friend felt really callous (seriously, she "waddled" away?), especially compared to her glowing, romantic descriptions of her new skinny gym friend. I hated that Lexie's mother and sister spent the first quarter of the book tearing her down and sending her into binge spirals, only for their relationship to blossom for the first time in her life after she'd finally lost weight like they'd been badgering her to since she was 10. Finally, they can talk about other things besides how fat she is! AND THEN SHE FEELS BAD BECAUSE MAYBE IF SHE HADN'T BEEN SO FAT THEY WOULD HAVE LIKED HER SOONER? Gee, if only we knew why she has terrible self esteem!The love interest was a super bland special snowflake but I appreciate that he at least wasn't a smirky douche. I feel like the author was channeling a Ryan Gosling crush because he unironically said 'girl' every other sentence like, "Girl, I missed you! Girl, you're crazy! Girl, let's eat these nachos! Girl, yes!" and it was weird. PS how bizarre that this book's entire journey is a lead up to the wedding of Lexie's sister and we never meet the fiance?? Not even at the wedding itself! Do we even know his name? Does he actually exist? Is he just a fever dream?? WHO IS HE.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    "Searching for an outside ideal is never going to make you happy on the inside."I loved this book soooo much! BlurbLexie Greene has always had such a pretty face.Unfortunately, that's where it seemed to stop. She's grown up hearing her Mother constantly remind her that she needs to lose weight. And twenty-two-year-old Lexie knows she’s overweight.With her younger sister's wedding on the horizon and a crush to stalk on Facebook, Lexie's had enough. She gives up her constant daydreams about food a "Searching for an outside ideal is never going to make you happy on the inside."I loved this book soooo much! BlurbLexie Greene has always had such a pretty face.Unfortunately, that's where it seemed to stop. She's grown up hearing her Mother constantly remind her that she needs to lose weight. And twenty-two-year-old Lexie knows she’s overweight.With her younger sister's wedding on the horizon and a crush to stalk on Facebook, Lexie's had enough. She gives up her constant daydreams about food and joins a dieting group. As the pounds melt away at the gym, she finds that life on the other side of junk food isn't what she thought.I can definitely relate to Lexie on some levels! To be completely honest.. I teared up on a few parts because it really did hit home for me. I've always been the bigger girl just like Lexie. Lexie is determined to lose weight so she can meet the love of her life Bradley. She started talking to him on Facebook and they set a date to meet at her sister Kenzie's wedding. Lexie started losing weight for the complete opposite than what she should have. I mean.. Instead of wanting to lose weight for her.. she wants to do it because of a boy. I know that sounds messed up but I think it's completely real. Completely normal. She is such a relatable character. I loved that I could essentially feel the tension between Lexie & her mom. I think the writing is great! "For the first time in my life, I looked in a mirror and liked what I saw. A flawed girl.."Bon Bons to Yoga Pants was such a moving, inspiring, funny read! I wish it was longer!! *I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review
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  • Joanna Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    This book (novella?) was such a fun piece to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and often found myself chuckling. I really enjoyed the writing style as well. I recommend it!
  • NaDell
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a LOT more fun than it sounds like from the title. It IS about a journey of weight loss, but it's about so much more and it's not a how to book, but rather an uplifting and encouraging book that really just tells a beautiful story about a girl learning who she really is and managing her emotions and things she has put off by overeating and now dealing with them.
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  • Kelsey Keating
    January 1, 1970
    Bon Bons to Yoga Pants is one of those books that just makes the reader nod their head and say "yeah. Totally. I get that."Lexie Green is relatable, she's funny, she's insecure...she's every woman.She's also obsessed with being "hot" for a guy she's never met in person.So, yeah...she's totally normal.Following Lexie's journey is inspiring, tear jerking, and hilarious. Everyone (man or woman) can relate to the feeling of not measuring up, not always getting along with your family, or worrying tha Bon Bons to Yoga Pants is one of those books that just makes the reader nod their head and say "yeah. Totally. I get that."Lexie Green is relatable, she's funny, she's insecure...she's every woman.She's also obsessed with being "hot" for a guy she's never met in person.So, yeah...she's totally normal.Following Lexie's journey is inspiring, tear jerking, and hilarious. Everyone (man or woman) can relate to the feeling of not measuring up, not always getting along with your family, or worrying that you can't have your dreams.Do yourself a favor and read BBtYP. It started on Wattpad and gained traction quickly because it. is. amazing. Grab it. Read it. Love it.
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  • Lee
    January 1, 1970
    It was a great tale that proves that what you think about yourself makes you happier than trying to conform to what people think of you. (Or what you think, people think of you.)
  • Ivy - Hearts Books.
    January 1, 1970
    Big thank you to NetGalley and Antebellum Publishing for this read.It took me a while to read it and honestly don't think I would have ever thought of buying it were it not for the arc. I thought it was a self-help or biographical sort of read.Once I started, I could not put my Kindle down! I wanted to know what would happen. Not sure am too hot about the ending but it was AN IMPERFECT PERFECT READ.Am sure am not the only reader to have thought "Psycho" about Bradley then after their video call Big thank you to NetGalley and Antebellum Publishing for this read.It took me a while to read it and honestly don't think I would have ever thought of buying it were it not for the arc. I thought it was a self-help or biographical sort of read.Once I started, I could not put my Kindle down! I wanted to know what would happen. Not sure am too hot about the ending but it was AN IMPERFECT PERFECT READ.Am sure am not the only reader to have thought "Psycho" about Bradley then after their video call it turned to trepidation over impending doom for Lexie's heart. Then their first meeting, I mean... I read straight through the night, telling myself one more chapter, then until one shoe drops. He seemed too good to be true (duh... its fiction, but pretence of reality is a no-brainer) then loved how Cross dismantled his perfection chip by chip until he was perfectly imperfect :-). Bradley was a dream and one word FOOTBALL (bonkers - need I say more?)... hope they got married and had mini-thems and grew old together - happily ever after.BB2YP was an honest read, pulled some emotional strings that have not tugged since I read TFIOS. Definitely recommend this book and just cause I gushed about Bradley does not mean the other characters were not incredible in their own right or think that it's one of those romance novels.It tells a story of a young woman finding herself after being "imprisoned" by shackles that are purposely meant to make it impossible for her to do so. Take away: you will often find that you are that muscle-packed guard guarding your own damned cell, while praying for your liberator.
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  • Mélissa Tremblay
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Net Galley for this book in exchange for an honest review. Bon Bons to yoga pants was funny, engaging and most of all relatable. Meet Lexie, an overweight girl in her 20's who has always turned to food instead of dealing with her emotions. Her dad died recently, her younger sister is getting married, and there's Bradley, her online crush who hasn't seen anything but her face...yet. Until he invites himself as her date for her sister's wedding. Lexie doesn't have a choice, along with Thank you to Net Galley for this book in exchange for an honest review. Bon Bons to yoga pants was funny, engaging and most of all relatable. Meet Lexie, an overweight girl in her 20's who has always turned to food instead of dealing with her emotions. Her dad died recently, her younger sister is getting married, and there's Bradley, her online crush who hasn't seen anything but her face...yet. Until he invites himself as her date for her sister's wedding. Lexie doesn't have a choice, along with her aunt, she signs up for weekly meeting with a health group. She needs to lose weight, she has 6 months. Thanks to her aunt, her new friend Me and the Health and Happiness Society, she will learn so much more than how to count calories and her journey. We either all have been a Lexie, or we know a Lexie. Either way, during her journey we feel the emotions with her. Desperation, embarrassment, motivation, determination and pride. Definitely a book I would recommend to anyone, but especially those who struggles with losing weight and emotional eating!
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  • Lisa Keegan
    January 1, 1970
    total mindless reading. it was free. made me hungry
  • Tristen
    January 1, 1970
    I'm giving this 3-3.5 stars because of the subject matter and real-feeling of the main character's voice. I think I would have enjoyed this better as a read book instead of as an audiobook (I didn't not enjoy the author's voice much). However, this was a sweet story and it seemed fitting as I'm on a big fitness kick for the last year because of my upcoming nuptials. The book as a whole was a bit raw, a bit g-rated, however, it was sweet and heart-warming. The main main character (and her love in I'm giving this 3-3.5 stars because of the subject matter and real-feeling of the main character's voice. I think I would have enjoyed this better as a read book instead of as an audiobook (I didn't not enjoy the author's voice much). However, this was a sweet story and it seemed fitting as I'm on a big fitness kick for the last year because of my upcoming nuptials. The book as a whole was a bit raw, a bit g-rated, however, it was sweet and heart-warming. The main main character (and her love interest, for that matter) seemed quite young for their ages and extremely earnest. That being said, it was refreshing to have such earnest and open characters. This is a feel-good, positive book with fantastic body image messages. I will definitely continue with the series at some point.
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  • Quirkybookworm
    January 1, 1970
    You go, girl!Lexie Green is practically every woman.I so totally get Lexie Green!Lexie Greene is now my heroine!If she's grumpy, then I'm grumpy, if she's sad, then I'm sad. If she's hungry then I'm hungry. If she's happy then I'm happy.This is a wonderful, adorable book which almost every woman can relate to!Guess what gals? If Lexie Greene says that we're worthy of ourselves , then, by golly, we are SO totally worthy!!I would LOVE to read her next book! Thank you, Katie Cross for your inspirat You go, girl!Lexie Green is practically every woman.I so totally get Lexie Green!Lexie Greene is now my heroine!If she's grumpy, then I'm grumpy, if she's sad, then I'm sad. If she's hungry then I'm hungry. If she's happy then I'm happy.This is a wonderful, adorable book which almost every woman can relate to!Guess what gals? If Lexie Greene says that we're worthy of ourselves , then, by golly, we are SO totally worthy!!I would LOVE to read her next book! Thank you, Katie Cross for your inspirations and uplifting words! I wish I had read this sooner. This was such a fun book to read especially being sick!I received this ARC from Net Galley and Antebellum Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Gina
    January 1, 1970
    Thought provoking touching read!
  • Maria Casey
    January 1, 1970
    Really cute. I'll definitely read the sequel.
  • Els
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it. I laughed, and cried with Lexie. I felt for her and I admired her. It was a book full of emotions and with a lot of things that made you think and wonder.
  • Lizzy Baldwin
    January 1, 1970
    As the blurb suggests the book follows the utterly darling Lexie and her struggle with mother and sister over her weight. She knows they’re right she just doesn’t want to combat it, just yet. With a wedding coming up and the potential dating game about to step up a mark Lexie wants to shift those pounds. Joining a diet group and trying to stop herself dreaming of doughnuts we read along as Lexie struggles to come to terms with her eating, her family, her feelings of loss from the death of her fa As the blurb suggests the book follows the utterly darling Lexie and her struggle with mother and sister over her weight. She knows they’re right she just doesn’t want to combat it, just yet. With a wedding coming up and the potential dating game about to step up a mark Lexie wants to shift those pounds. Joining a diet group and trying to stop herself dreaming of doughnuts we read along as Lexie struggles to come to terms with her eating, her family, her feelings of loss from the death of her father and her want to please Bradley it’s going to be a hard pill to swallow.Gah, so many things in this book resonated with me. I’ve always been a little on the chubby side, dieting a little and then falling off the dieting wagon and I also have struggled with my family and their ‘fatist’ way. My Grandmother, whilst on the day of my graduation, stated ‘I don’t think you’ve put on a little bit of weight, I think you’ve put rather a lot of weight on,’ whilst passing me a mack-off chocolate cake. Soul destroying but I get it. I found Lexie utterly wonderful, she knows she a bit on the big side and it’s eating away at her confidence and her family aren’t helping in the slightest.In terms of characters each are really well developed; Lexie is determined and strong willed but she’s also emotional, struggling with her identity and her grief. Rachelle is a confident best-friend and I thought her and Lexie contrasted wonderfully although I would have liked to have seen more of her. Supporting characters Mira, Pat and Bitsy are all really well developed to give the story more weight and Bradley sounds like the perfect mix between American lad and English gentleman. Gah dreamboat.The writing is strong and well-written as with everything I’ve read from Katie. There is enough description, dialogue and also character build up throughout out. I liked the interweaving of the stories although it would have been nice to see more into the lives of Rachelle and Lexie’s sister McKenzie. I know that this is a novella but I really wanted to see more into their stories. I thought the book as a whole was very good at helping quash the demons that sometimes tell us we’re not good enough. It feel very heart-warming but also self-loving which I thought was a lovely touch and ‘effing swan addition/movement and links were a brilliant thing to include.My only wobble was I thought there could have been more struggles between Lexie and Bradley and their relationship and her striving to lose the weight. It did feel as though the stories was partly disconnected and could have been linked. At the start it really was linked to the worries Lexie hadabout meeting him but as the story continues for me it was a little too sweet?Overall a lovely little tale to while away the afternoon; I thought the romance was a little sugary sweet but that’s just me and I often have these wobbles with more romance books but the characters are strong, Lexie was just brilliant and I want to read more from Miss Cross in this genre. Yes please very much.*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Brittany Curtright
    January 1, 1970
    I have read this book twice now and it is so good and really hits home with some of the topics without shaming. It connects to you and you root for Lexie to succeed.
  • Alex Reborn
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted this to be somehow related to yoga, but only the yoga pants are mentioned. Anyhow, the story was wonderful and I was impressed by the outcome. It was a story of transformation and determination, even if the starting point is wrong. The flaws of the characters makes them believable. This book made me understand things better, because I had the chance to read the thoughts that lead people to certain actions. In some ways it's difficult for me to understand how food can become such I really wanted this to be somehow related to yoga, but only the yoga pants are mentioned. Anyhow, the story was wonderful and I was impressed by the outcome. It was a story of transformation and determination, even if the starting point is wrong. The flaws of the characters makes them believable. This book made me understand things better, because I had the chance to read the thoughts that lead people to certain actions. In some ways it's difficult for me to understand how food can become such an important aspect in one's life, but considering all the layers of emotion and the lives we live, it becomes easier to see why and how this can happen. I rarely read books that take on this subject from this point of view. I feel even more motivated to improve myself now. It was a good lesson on body image, health, reasons and self-confidence. The romance was also quite nice and entertaining. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Michelle MacQueen
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously, every person that has ever struggled with their weight and hated themselves for needs to read this book NOW!Lexie has a love/hate relationship with food. It's a relationship that taints every other part of her life. Her mother is on her case about it. She can't get along with her sister. Her father's weight killed him. It's one thing after another. The only thing in her life that makes her happy is Bradley, her internet boyfriend. But, it terrifies her when he wants to become more tha Seriously, every person that has ever struggled with their weight and hated themselves for needs to read this book NOW!Lexie has a love/hate relationship with food. It's a relationship that taints every other part of her life. Her mother is on her case about it. She can't get along with her sister. Her father's weight killed him. It's one thing after another. The only thing in her life that makes her happy is Bradley, her internet boyfriend. But, it terrifies her when he wants to become more than just a chat buddy. He wants to meet her, egad! What will he think of her not so svelte figure? So - at the urging of a family friend, she decides to lose weight. Easy peasy, right? She quickly learns that it's a lifestyle change, but that you have to do it for the right reasons to be successful. So, what are the right reasons?Katie Cross has such an easy-to-read, endearing style of writing. I flew right through this book, only stopping when it really made me think about things in my own life.
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  • Kella Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    I got to read this while I was doing e-book production for it (one of the perks of the job is that I get to read the good ones) and it is great. Slips by like a fast, easy read and then you finish it and think, wow, there were a lot of deep feels in that. If you've ever felt intimidated at going to the gym, or wondered where those extra pounds came from and why they won't go away, or heard that inner voice whispering you're-not-good-enough, you should read this book. There were moments when it m I got to read this while I was doing e-book production for it (one of the perks of the job is that I get to read the good ones) and it is great. Slips by like a fast, easy read and then you finish it and think, wow, there were a lot of deep feels in that. If you've ever felt intimidated at going to the gym, or wondered where those extra pounds came from and why they won't go away, or heard that inner voice whispering you're-not-good-enough, you should read this book. There were moments when it made me a little uncomfortable about my own food choices and reasons for things, but it was a good kind of uncomfortable, if that makes sense. Fun chick lit on the surface, deep and inspiring underneath.
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  • Mary Cooper
    January 1, 1970
    I went through a lot of different emotions reading this book: pity, sorrow, joy, embarrassment, anger, back to joy, triumph. I went through every emotion that Lexie had with her, thanks to Katie Cross' writing. By the end of the book, I felt like Lexie was a friend and I had an emotional bond with her. I want to know more about her...how her life went after the book. The struggles that us "big-boned girls" have shone through. It gives readers the realization that it doesn't matter what your size I went through a lot of different emotions reading this book: pity, sorrow, joy, embarrassment, anger, back to joy, triumph. I went through every emotion that Lexie had with her, thanks to Katie Cross' writing. By the end of the book, I felt like Lexie was a friend and I had an emotional bond with her. I want to know more about her...how her life went after the book. The struggles that us "big-boned girls" have shone through. It gives readers the realization that it doesn't matter what your size is...everybody's got issues. It also inspires the reader to get out and exercise...and to do it for YOU, not for anyone else.
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  • Genni Eccles
    January 1, 1970
    Such a cute book! I was a bit uncomfortable and annoyed for the first half, but the book got so much better as it progressed. I do recommend his if you're looking for an easy contemporary read!3.65 stars!You can find a more detailed review here on my blog!
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    This book was excellent. Every woman has had thoughts voiced by Lexie. It also does a fantastic job of showing how food addiction is a real thing, and some people really struggle with it. Everyone should read this book to get inside the mind of someone working on facing emotional issues, because all of us have been there.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    Needed something light and easy for a change after a few pretty deep scripts and this was just the ticket. I laughed and related and was glad the romance story didn't get too sappy and dependent. Will read her next one too.
  • Jennifer Jimmerson
    January 1, 1970
    This is the most uplifting, encouraging, motivational book I've read. It's real. It deals with a topic that a lot of people struggle with. It's freaking hilarious. It's perfection. I love it!Remember: You're an effing swan.
  • Kelsey Langenfeld
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a fun book to read. I loved following Lexie's story. She is so relatable and fun. This made me laugh, and giggle and REALLY hungry on more than one occasion. Don't read this on an empty stomach, or in my case, watch the pregnancy cravings. Seriously, read this. It's phenomenal.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Katie Cross does it again! Her book had me enthralled until the end. Not only does she excel with YAFantasy, apparently she's proficient with ChickLit as well! You go girl! *throws glitter* I can't wait to read the other HHS books!
  • Mwanaidi
    January 1, 1970
    Many women would identify with Lexie Greene's struggles. This book is the right way to start a new year.. Here is to achieving goals :-)
  • Jeremiah
    January 1, 1970
    IT WAS AWESOME
  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book for the character growth and overall entertainment factor, but it’s definitely got some problematic elements. This book is about Lexi. She’s always been the fat girl with such a pretty face and she’s ready to change that. Her reason for wanting to change is a boy she met online. They’ve gotten close and are going to meet soon and she feels like she needs to be thinner for him to not run in disgust.I’ll stop right there and say that the first half or more of this book i I really enjoyed this book for the character growth and overall entertainment factor, but it’s definitely got some problematic elements. This book is about Lexi. She’s always been the fat girl with such a pretty face and she’s ready to change that. Her reason for wanting to change is a boy she met online. They’ve gotten close and are going to meet soon and she feels like she needs to be thinner for him to not run in disgust.I’ll stop right there and say that the first half or more of this book is so terrible with fat shaming that it was hard to read. She hates herself and thinks she’s so revolting just because she’s 250 lbs. She’s also motivated solely by pleasing this muscular goddess of a guy- not health or the fact that her dad died young or weight related issues or a desire to be stronger and in better functional shape. It was all about this guy (even though he’s never mentioned anything about her weight). As the story goes on, she starts going to the gym with one of her other fat friends and hates it but she makes friends with a girl who weight lifts (casually) and is in to health and gradually Lexi starts to embrace it. She also joins a weight watchers type of group that does weigh ins, but she quickly discovers the frustration that cones with numbers and stops weighing. Over the course of the story, we watch her grow in strength and confidence as she simultaneously shrinks in physical size. In the end, she and Bradley casually meet when he and his friends come into the bar she works at. They have a relationship that progresses and he is a great guy. Neither care about her weight and she’s happy and confident, in spite of her imperfections (although she is significantly smaller and has ‘gotten the guy’). It almost felt like she needed the guy and the weight loss to be this happy person.As for Lexi and Bradley’s relationship, I thought he was great. He was very honest with her and genuinely didn’t care about her physical appearance. I was glad she had someone like him and I fully support the relationship, but it was very much all about Lexi and didn’t seem very realistic. He fully supported her in her writing and editing pursuits, including the final winning story she wrote “Bob Bons to Yoga Pants”. She feared yoga pants because of how tight they are but in the end is plenty confident to wear them. Her weight issues all stemmed from her trying to bond with her overweight dad and when he dies there’s definitely some resentment and grief that she finally makes peace with. Iwish the author wouldn’t have included her specific weights and sizes because that can be incredibly insensitive to readers who are of that size, bigger, or even instill fear in ones who aren’t that size. Due to the fact that Lexi did discover happiness in the end, seemingly because of her newer smaller size, it almost demonizes the size she was before. I loved her best friend Rochelle! She was so body positive and funny, but also revealed her issues and was vulnerable. I’d love to hear more of her story. Overall very cute and enjoyable read but may be triggering.
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