B as in Beauty
Grand Central, 2009 (2009)
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Reviewed by Jessica Weaver
keep mulling this one over in my head, and I just cannot come up with a conclusion. I don't know what I think about this book. I don't know if I liked it or not.
erreras shows great insight into a woman's mental life as he sketches out the character of '
' a girl who does not identify with her real name,
. B is a late-twenties career woman who works in advertising under the Cruella deVille of bosses. A chubby Latina, she struggles with self-worth and throws herself into her work. Until she hears her boss talking in the bathroom about how she is too fat to promote.
is sucked into the world of escorts by a Russian CPA, a woman who insists B's weight is highly attractive to her male clients. So we see B transform as she realizes it's true, there are men who would pay just to rub her feet or sit next to her on a couch.
y issues with this book are widespread. I don't like cursing, and it is scattered over nearly every page. B's transformation is almost too quick, and the storyline that evolves is a little too predictable.
nd yet, as a twenty-something career woman who also struggles with my weight, I identified with B nearly to a T. I was inspired to take care of my body better and realize that it is beautiful. And so, I have to conclude, that this book was worth my time.
B as in Beauty
is a valiant first effort in chicklit from a male author.
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