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B as in Beauty
by Alberto Ferreras
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Grand Central, 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Jessica Weaver

I 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.

Ferreras shows great insight into a woman's mental life as he sketches out the character of 'B,' a girl who does not identify with her real name, Beauty. 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.

B 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.

My 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.

And 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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