Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a debut novel that is funny, but also has a very real look at self-esteem, and how society plays a role in it. This story has humor, romance, and inspires us all to live a little bit more today than we were yesterday.
“A rollicking, sensuous, feel-good romantic comedy about a grieving young widow who decides to get in shape, and winds up getting her groove back—and a whole lot more!
Holly didn't expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn't expect to be so big. After her husband's death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Now, those extra pounds make flying coach feel like medieval torture—especially when she's squished next to Logan Montgomery. A personal trainer to famous pro athletes, her seatmate is so hot that he makes Holly sweat in all the right (and so embarrassingly wrong!) places.
Though Holly doesn't make the grade on Logan's first-impression meter, he finds himself intrigued by her sharp wit and keen insights—a welcome change from the high-maintenance models he dates—so he impulsively offers to get her back in shape. A little skeptical but ready to make at least one positive change in her life, Holly agrees.
To Logan's (and her own) surprise, Holly turns out to be a natural in the gym, slimming down into a bona fide looker with killer curves—and a new kind of hunger. Before either of them can stop it, the easy intimacy of their training sessions leads to even more steamy workouts away from the gym.
Logan's best friends, professional baseball player Chase Walker and his wife, Amanda, see that this is more than a fling, even if Logan and Holly don't. But can a man whose whole life depends on looks commit himself to a woman who doesn't fit his ideal? Now that Holly's turning other men's heads, does she even need Logan anymore? Are they a couple built to last or destined to fizzle?” – Big Girl Panties
Big Girl Panties is a funny, feel good kind of novel that is destined (at least in my opinion) to be a best-selling movie one day. It is smartly written with the right amount of humor in it to not be annoying. The sentences aren’t overly descriptive, and it is just a good read all around.
I really enjoyed the character of Holly. She is funny, smart, has some issues, and she puts on her big girl panties and deals with them. Sure, a part of the book is about body image and how she lost weight. However, that is not what made her the woman she becomes in the novel. She regained her self-esteem and became a much healthier and happy version of herself form when you first met her in the story.
I’m very happy with this debut novel by Stephanie Evanovich and can’t wait to see what she writes next! I highly recommend it.
* Thank you to the publisher of Big Girl Panties, William Morrow, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.