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Plus by Veronica Chambers

December 16th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: August 5, 2010

Publisher: Razorbill

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from The perfect romantic makeover story about an every-girl whose dream comes true . . .

Beatrice Wilson is our lovable Cinderella, who just got dumped by her very first boyfriend and put on twenty-five pounds. But then she’s discovered as a plus model. In the eyes of pop culture, Bee is Jessica Alba and then some! Now she must vanquish skinny rivals, fend off sleazy photogs, and banish jealous frenemies in her rise to superstardom. All the while, she’s torn between her first love and the surprisingly sincere up-and-coming rapper she tutors in calculus. But what’s better than finding your prince charming? Finally learning to love yourself!

As expected from almost page one you can guess how the story is going to play out but despite that this was an enjoyable book to read.  It was light and funny so the perfect book if you need a pick me up.

The Characters

Initially I found Bee to be some what irritating.  When she was mooning over her ex-boyfriend Brian I really wanted to shake her and I had to remind myself that this was a 17 year old girl who was just dumped by her first boyfriend.  After awhile I could start to relate to her.  Despite being a successful super model she still had her doubts about her body image and her self worth.  She and some of her fellow super star plus size models have a discussion about if they would give up the $20,000 a day pay check if they could only be a size 2 for the rest of their lives.  The answer is not as clear cut as you might first imagine.  Some may not understand the dilemma but I could understand where Bee and her friends were all coming from.

Bee’s best friend Chela was a crack up.  She is pretty much the perfect best friend.  She supports Bee when she needs to, accepts her for who she is and forgives her any of her flaws.

The Romance

Bee’s potential romantic interest was fascinating and I wish we could have seen more of the build up in their relationship.  We know they have a history together and what we do see you can obviously tell he has a thing for Bee  but I would have liked to see more interaction between the two of them to really make the romance seem like a given.

Bee’s ex is your typical jerk ex-boyfriend who wants a second chance once Bee reaches stardom.  How does Bee handle it when he comes crawling back to her?  You will have to pick up the book to find out

The Story Line

Like I mentioned above the story line is pretty predictable as Bee is the Cinderella who after gaining 25 pounds still manages to become a super model, makes mega bucks per day modeling, still manages to make the Dean’s List at school and has the perfect best friend.  Chambers still made the story fun to read and despite the main irritation of Bee making up her own Latin phrases to describe the situations she gets herself into I found it hard to put down.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Chick Lit, Romance, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Pam

    Oh this sounds neat! I have a few friends who were “plus” sized models (of course “plus” is really like “normal people” but whatever) and have had a great career of it.

  2. Lisa Gibson

    This sounds like an interesting read, despite its predictability. I’ll have to check it out.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  3. Michelle

    I’m thinking I might take a pass on this one! Thanks for suffering through it so I don’t have to ;)

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