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  • Writer's pictureJulie Mackin

Let Your Light Shine

On the Plus Size by Jenny Howe

Ratings: 4 of 5

Spice: 3; one descriptive scene ( If you watch Ghosts, you will get a real kick of out of the scene)

Sexy Times: 4, the flirting and Logan’s growls! Also, a heart melting moment (again with the laundry)

About a month ago, Ali Hazelwood did a book event at the Harvard Bookstore and one of the members of the panel was Jenny Howe. After listening to her, I was ready to check out her book, The Make-Up Test, but then I realized I had received the ARC of her newest book, coming out in December. It felt like a little bit of serendipity. And it also turned out to be a great read.

Everly Winters is working as receptionist at an advertising firm, a talented artist herself with a great design sense, she is afraid she doesn’t have what it takes to be in a design position. Besides questioning her belief in her artistic talent, Everly, who is as the title implies, on the plus side, has started to shrink into herself: no more loud laughs, no more fun clothes. She wants to NOT draw attention to herself.

All of this gets blown up when someone nominates her to be on her favorite reality show, On the Plus Size. It’s like Queer Eye for the fat girl with two fabulous hosts that are going to help Everly get her mojo back. And since it is a reality tv show, there is of course a cameraman. And this cameraman is a lumbersexual with a gravelly voice, very nice biceps and a heart of gold. And rescue doggies.

I enjoyed this ARC very much. I liked Howe’s writing style and the way she unfolded Everly’s story. It was fun to see her get her confidence back. Howe’s treatment of Everly’s various relationships, with her mother, her brother, her best friend, painted a full portrait of Everly and I felt I had a great sense of her character. My only criticism is that I would have liked a bit more backstory on Logan, I felt like I wanted to know a little bit more about him.

Finally, as someone who misses her grandmother everyday even after 22 years, I loved how much Everly’s relationship with her grandmother shaped her life.

So I am definitely putting the Make-Up Test on my TBR and I highly recommend that you check out On the Plus Size.

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