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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    What is reality? Is it a tangible thing, the people, places, and things that are around us? Or is reality whatever we make it to be? I've always prescribed to the second theory, that you could change your reality by changing the way you look at life. What about an alternate reality? Is that simply other people looking at the world through different colored glasses, or an actual plain of existence different from the one we currently reside on? By reading the story of Veronica "Ronnie" Tremayne, the heroine of Andrea Rains Waggener's ALTERNATE BEAUTY, I discovered that it doesn't really matter one way or the other. <BR/><BR/>Ronnie is an overweight woman living in a world where women over the size of ten are looked down upon and ridiculed. You know the world I'm talking about-the one we're living in now. Ronnie, a size twenty-eight, has, in my opinion, a good life. She has a wonderful boyfriend, Gilbert, who, although not the smartest or most gregarious of men, has one wonderful thing going for him-he loves Ronnie for who she is, and her weight doesn't factor in to it. Ronnie also has a job at Luscious Landing Large Women's Clothing Boutique, where she's the manager. But over a lunch of-what else? Salad!-with her skinny mother, Ronnie discovers that the owner of the boutique, Cheryl, wants Ronnie to lose weight before she loses her job, because her overly-large size is disturbing some of their "smaller large" customers. <BR/><BR/>That night before bed, Ronnie makes a statement that will ultimately change her life. "Oprah's wrong. The key to happiness is living in a world where fat is beautiful." Thus begins Ronnie's trip into her alternate reality. <BR/><BR/>Suddenly, Ronnie's size twenty-eight is for the first time in her life an asset. This world Ronnie is in scorns thin women. The bigger the better, at least in this new reality, and for once, skinny women feel bad in her presence, and construction workers are whistling at her as she walks by. There's no Gilbert in this strange new world, but there are plenty of men who want to be with her, all nearly three-hundred-pounds of her, who can't get enough of her big, beautiful body. <BR/><BR/>Ronnie believes she's in heaven. For once, big is beautiful, and she has all the attention that she's ever wanted. Except now that she has what she wants, she can't seem to eat-and the glorious pounds that make her so desirable start dropping off. Now she's the object of disdain because she's losing weight instead of gaining it, and Ronnie begins to wonder if this reality is any better than the normal one. <BR/><BR/>Ms. Waggener has penned a fantasy romance that any woman, regardless of her size, will be able to appreciate. What woman doesn't have something about her body that she wishes she could change? It doesn't matter if you're a size eight or a size thirty, everyone has something that they don't like about themselves-or something that they fear others look down upon them for. ALTERNATE BEAUTY is a whimsical trip into the world of what-if, so settle in for an entertaining ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Originally Posted on Romance Junkies

    What is reality? Is it a tangible thing, the people, places, and things that are around us? Or is reality whatever we make it to be? I've always prescribed to the second theory, that you could change your reality by changing the way you look at life. What about an alternate reality? Is that simply other people looking at the world through different colored glasses, or an actual plain of existence different from the one we currently reside on? By reading the story of Veronica 'Ronnie' Tremayne, the heroine of Andrea Rains Waggener's ALTERNATE BEAUTY, I discovered that it doesn't really matter one way or the other. Ronnie is an overweight woman living in a world where women over the size of ten are looked down upon and ridiculed. You know the world I'm talking about-the one we're living in now. Ronnie, a size twenty-eight, has, in my opinion, a good life. She has a wonderful boyfriend, Gilbert, who, although not the smartest or most gregarious of men, has one wonderful thing going for him-he loves Ronnie for who she is, and her weight doesn't factor in to it. Ronnie also has a job at Luscious Landing Large Women's Clothing Boutique, where she's the manager. But over a lunch of-what else? Salad!-with her skinny mother, Ronnie discovers that the owner of the boutique, Cheryl, wants Ronnie to lose weight before she loses her job, because her overly-large size is disturbing some of their 'smaller large' customers. That night before bed, Ronnie makes a statement that will ultimately change her life. 'Oprah's wrong. The key to happiness is living in a world where fat is beautiful.' Thus begins Ronnie's trip into her alternate reality. Suddenly, Ronnie's size twenty-eight is for the first time in her life an asset. This world Ronnie is in scorns thin women. The bigger the better, at least in this new reality, and for once, skinny women feel bad in her presence, and construction workers are whistling at her as she walks by. There's no Gilbert in this strange new world, but there are plenty of men who want to be with her, all nearly three-hundred-pounds of her, who can't get enough of her big, beautiful body. Ronnie believes she's in heaven. For once, big is beautiful, and she has all the attention that she's ever wanted. Except now that she has what she wants, she can't seem to eat-and the glorious pounds that make her so desirable start dropping off. Now she's the object of disdain because she's losing weight instead of gaining it, and Ronnie begins to wonder if this reality is any better than the normal one. Ms. Waggener has penned a fantasy romance that any woman, regardless of her size, will be able to appreciate. What woman doesn't have something about her body that she wishes she could change? It doesn't matter if you're a size eight or a size thirty, everyone has something that they don't like about themselves-or something that they fear others look down upon them for. ALTERNATE BEAUTY is a whimsical trip into the world of what-if, so settle in for an entertaining ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2006

    It was ok...

    Although I stayed interested in the story throughout the book and it was an easy read I have to say it wasn't the best book I've ever read. The writing seemed choppy at times, and the story was (of course) a bit far fetched with some unanswered questions (i.e. what happened to Ronnie during 'the year'?) leaving the reader hanging at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2005

    A book that will make you think

    Andrea Rains Waggener is an author who knows how to write in a way that truly allows the reader to 'feel' her written words. Her books are written in an honest and thoughtful way that challenges the reader to think. Alternate Beauty is a prime example and will leave the reader with food for thought for many days to come. I cannot recommend it highly enough, especially to readers who have had weight concerns or body image issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2005

    Courtesy of Romance Junkies

    What is reality? Is it a tangible thing, the people, places, and things that are around us? Or is reality whatever we make it to be? I¿ve always prescribed to the second theory, that you could change your reality by changing the way you look at life. What about an alternate reality? Is that simply other people looking at the world through different colored glasses, or an actual plain of existence different from the one we currently reside on? By reading the story of Veronica 'Ronnie' Tremayne, the heroine of Andrea Rains Waggener¿s ALTERNATE BEAUTY, I discovered that it doesn¿t really matter one way or the other. Ronnie is an overweight woman living in a world where women over the size of ten are looked down upon and ridiculed. You know the world I¿m talking about¿the one we¿re living in now. Ronnie, a size twenty-eight, has, in my opinion, a good life. She has a wonderful boyfriend, Gilbert, who, although not the smartest or most gregarious of men, has one wonderful thing going for him¿he loves Ronnie for who she is, and her weight doesn¿t factor in to it. Ronnie also has a job at Luscious Landing Large Women¿s Clothing Boutique, where she¿s the manager. But over a lunch of¿what else? Salad!¿with her skinny mother, Ronnie discovers that the owner of the boutique, Cheryl, wants Ronnie to lose weight before she loses her job, because her overly-large size is disturbing some of their 'smaller large' customers. That night before bed, Ronnie makes a statement that will ultimately change her life. 'Oprah¿s wrong. The key to happiness is living in a world where fat is beautiful.' Thus begins Ronnie¿s trip into her alternate reality. Suddenly, Ronnie¿s size twenty-eight is for the first time in her life an asset. This world Ronnie is in scorns thin women. The bigger the better, at least in this new reality, and for once, skinny women feel bad in her presence, and construction workers are whistling at her as she walks by. There's no Gilbert in this strange new world, but there are plenty of men who want to be with her, all nearly three-hundred-pounds of her, who can¿t get enough of her big, beautiful body. Ronnie believes she¿s in heaven. For once, big is beautiful, and she has all the attention that she¿s ever wanted. Except now that she has what she wants, she can¿t seem to eat¿and the glorious pounds that make her so desirable start dropping off. Now she¿s the object of disdain because she¿s losing weight instead of gaining it, and Ronnie begins to wonder if this reality is any better than the normal one. Ms. Waggener has penned a fantasy romance that any woman, regardless of her size, will be able to appreciate. What woman doesn¿t have something about her body that she wishes she could change? It doesn¿t matter if you¿re a size eight or a size thirty, everyone has something that they don¿t like about themselves¿or something that they fear others look down upon them for. ALTERNATE BEAUTY is a whimsical trip into the world of what-if, so settle in for an entertaining ride.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    insightful fun fantasy romance

    Over salads that would not feed a mouse, her paper thin mother Audrey informs size 28 Ronnie Tremayne that her obesity is driving the overweight customers away from Luscious Landing Large Women¿s Clothing Boutique. The owner, her mom¿s friend Cheryl Land, expects Audrey to lose a lot of weight or lose her store manager¿s position. === Upset that even her boyfriend Gilbert cannot help her, Ronnie overindulges in an eating binge. That night she dreams of a world where fat is beautiful. When she awakens her fantasy ahs turned out to be true. She is the centerfold of beauty with her near three hundred pound body. Ronnie attends all the galas and men want her. However, as her she finds a lust for life, she eats less. Over time the perfect 28 becomes an imperfect 10, but inside Ronnie detests what has become of her and misses her Gilbert. === This fantasy romance is an insightful look at the American idealization of thinness and demonizing obesity. The story line is fun to follow as Ronnie finds her role as an ALTERNATE BEAUTY in the new world order not quite as captivating as she thought it would be; instead she learns that what is inside a person is what counts not calories. Though health concerns of someone obese or too underweight are passed over too lightly, fans will cherish Andrea Rains Waggener¿s intelligently insightful look at the cost to a person¿s happiness of the constant drumming of the never too thin ideal. === Harriet Klausner

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