Can she be herself in a one-size-fits-all world?
Lori Palmer is the new girl at Bay Water High, where students prize glossy hair, “beach” bodies, and thigh gaps above all else, which is so not her. She misses her old school, where her artistic talent was more important to her peers than a chia smoothie recipe ever was.
Uncomfortable in her own size-sixteen skin, Lori decides to survive senior year as best she can by blending into the background while she melts in the summer heat. But her plans go completely awry when she discovers popular jock Jake volunteering at her brother Zac’s school. When her brother befriends Jake’s sister, Lori is suddenly thrust into Jake’s unfamiliar world of water polo, parties, and stargazing.
As she grows closer to Jake, and her relationship with her mother starts to deteriorate, Lori’s old anxieties resurface and she throws herself into her art. It’s a wildly new direction for Lori, and through it she realizes that finding her voice might get her into a world of trouble, but standing up for what she believes in is as important as standing up for herself.
Beautiful all around
Beautifully written! Great characters and plot. The characters had me crying and laughing out loud and taking things to heart. Literally changed my world and had me smiling for days after closing the last page!
New nerd on the block, Lori, falls for her brother's hot jock friend, Jake.
Big Boned by Jo Watson
New nerd on the block, Lori, falls for her brother's hot jock friend, Jake. This is a standalone, YA contemporary romance novel. A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl overcoming body-issues with self-love and the support of her family and friends. This is the first book I've read by the author but I'll be sure to pick up more of her titles! Any fans of Dumplin’ or Leah on the Offbeat would enjoy this book.
Check out Big Boned by Jo Watson and be sure to get this standalone YA rom-com wherever you buy books!
TAGS: fiction, romance, contemporary romance, new adult romance, young adult, YA romance, mental health, anxiety, depression, bullying, underage drinking, autism
MY RATING: 3.5/5 stars
MY RATING SYSTEM:
1 star = I don't recommend the book
2 stars = I would not read the book again
3 stars = I enjoyed the book
4 stars = I liked the book and would recommend to others
5 stars = Everyone should read the book; I would read the book again & again
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