Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"Big Girl" by Danielle Steel

Big Girl
Author:  Danielle Steel Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published: 2010
Format: Audio Book 
Author:Danielle Steel (Author), Kathleen McInerney (Narrator)
Product Description for Amazon;
In this heartfelt, incisive novel, Danielle Steel celebrates the virtues of unconventional beauty while exploring deeply resonant issues of weight, self-image, sisterhood, and family.  A chubby little girl with ordinary looks, Victoria Dawson has always felt out of place in her family, especially in body-conscious L.A. While her parents and sister can eat anything and not gain an ounce, Victoria must watch everything she eats, as well as endure her father’s belittling comments about her body and see her academic achievements go unacknowledged. Ice cream and oversized helpings of all the wrong foods give her comfort, but only briefly. The one thing she knows is that she has to get away from home, and after college in Chicago, she moves to New York City. 
Landing her dream job as a high school teacher, Victoria loves working with her students and wages war on her weight at the gym. Despite tension with her parents, Victoria remains close to her younger sister, Grace. Though they couldn’t be more different in looks, they love each other unconditionally. So when Grace announces her engagement to a man who is an exact replica of their narcissistic father, Victoria worries about her sister’s future happiness, and with no man of her own, she feels like a failure once again. As the wedding draws near, a chance encounter, a deeply upsetting betrayal, and a family confrontation lead to a turning point. 
Behind Victoria is a lifetime of hurt and neglect she has tried to forget. Ahead is a challenge and a risk: to accept herself as she is, celebrate it, and claim the victories she has fought so hard for and deserves. Big girl or not, she is terrific and discovers that herself.

I always enjoy Danielle Steel's novels, I always have.  This book had a lot of positives for me.  I loved the main character, Victoria, and I felt her pains with her.  But for me after reading the back and the title I thought, "hey it should be good it's about a girl like me."  No I didn't have a narcissistic father, neither did I have bad parents in anyway, probably more spoiled then anything.  But it was supposed to be about a "big girl".  And the title is a good choice once you read the book , it's really a perfect choice.  But I take issue, and usually always do when the "fat women" is under a size 16.  Okay, maybe that's what qualifies someone as a plus sized model, but for me that's not a big girl.  I myself am usually about a size 22/24.   Victoria through-out the story yes, does battle with her weight.  She goes between a size 12 and a size 16.  A women who wears a six 16, at least a good many, can wear a mini skirt and not have anyone point and laugh or post a picture of them on the people of Walmart website.  So for me, I personally don't qualify her as a big girl, but more an optimal weight.  Disappointed with that fact, but really that's just a personal pet peeve.  The book overall is without a doubt a, "... heartfelt, incisive novel, Danielle Steel celebrates the virtues of unconventional beauty while exploring deeply resonant issues of weight, self-image, sisterhood, and family."

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