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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Love this book.

I really loved this book! I could relate to cat because when I was 18 and getting ready to start college I got sick. I was a size two at the time. I ended up having to take some meds that made me gain weight. In a year time I went from a size two to a size ten! I know f...
I really loved this book! I could relate to cat because when I was 18 and getting ready to start college I got sick. I was a size two at the time. I ended up having to take some meds that made me gain weight. In a year time I went from a size two to a size ten! I know for some women that is not big,but for me that was a lot. I have since then learned to some what like my body, but after read this wonderful story I know I am still beautiful. I am married now and I have a wonderful husband who tells me all the time I am beautiful. Thank you Mrs. Thomas & Jim for writing a beautiful story. This is must read!

posted by 2192669 on May 3, 2013

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Okay, so the end of Picture Perfect mostly redeems the first 3/4

Okay, so the end of Picture Perfect mostly redeems the first 3/4 of the book. Mostly. I do love the message of the ending, which can be boiled down to “True beauty really does come from within.”

How much better would the world be if women never had to believe that thei...
Okay, so the end of Picture Perfect mostly redeems the first 3/4 of the book. Mostly. I do love the message of the ending, which can be boiled down to “True beauty really does come from within.”

How much better would the world be if women never had to believe that their dress size was the only thing about them that mattered? I believe women should be encouraged to be healthy and strong, whatever that looks like for each individual. I believe women should be told from birth that true desirability comes from their soul, not from society’s definition of sex appeal.

The end of Picture Perfect delivered that message. The rest of the story....I have also been overweight all my life, and body image was an issue in my life when I was younger. I really wanted to relate to this story. I think the final message is so very important. But I almost gave up before I got to it.

I felt like too much time was spent gushing over the sex. Cat seemed to have a two track mind. One was her fat rolls, the other was sex. Being 45, I know that there is WAY more to life than sex. As someone whose self-worth was closely tied to whether or not men wanted to sleep with me, I know how much the idea that “sex equals love” can damage in the long run. Love and romance mean far more than just having sex with your partner. The author had glimmers of this idea. Cat doesn’t want to tell Nate she loves him during or after they have sex. Good. They ‘do other things’ like cooking together, talking, etc. Nice. But those instances felt like feeble, token gestures. They were told, not shown, and glossed over, drowned in all the “OMG he’s kissing all over my body, that must mean he loves my body!”
And that leads me to the sex scenes. In general, I found the narrative to be so...what’s the word I’m looking for? Jumpy? Spastic? Convoluted? I don’t know. I just know that I found them to be anything but sexy, romantic, or exciting. I like a sex scene that makes me blush or daydream at least. At best it should inspire me to go find my husband. Why else put one in the book? These sex scenes did not deliver much of that for me.
I would have liked to read more instances of Nate and Cat doing things other than having sex. The rock climbing was good. What about bicycling? Swimming? Canoeing? The author’s attention to the sex scenes almost to the exclusion of other activities shows, in my humble opinion, where the true focus of the story lies. Yes, this is a romance of sorts, but to me, true romance happens when clothes are on.
I wanted more about Cat’s journey from “Nate makes me feel beautiful” to “I make me feel beautiful.” For me, THAT is where the meat of the story lies. All we are told is that Cat throws herself into her design work, and spends hours in the studio. Suddenly she knows she is comfortable in her own skin. I would have like to have been shown. There could have been so much more of a triumph to Cat’s journey of self discovery. What a missed opportunity.

For me, Picture Perfect would be closer to perfect if:
a) More emphasis was put on the romance than the sex. IMHO the sex scenes were not good enough to be erotica, which means the story would be better served if there was less of it.
b) The whole manuscript gets run through the editing process by someone who is willing to be ruthless in order to make the writing more readable.
To sum up: Picture Perfect has great potential, but ultimately falls short.

posted by Kristi_Cramer on April 6, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Good read four stars for size 14 from a size 16

    I struggled at times with Nate's character, i understand it's fiction....but i just didn't buy his attraction to cat as it was written. And i also struggled with Cat's Debbie Downerness....good read with speed bumps that kept me from really loving the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Good not great!

    Cat was a little too obsessive over her weight. A size 12 is not big!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Great

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Awe

    Cute story. As a bigger woman I could sympathize with her and loved how special and sexy I ended up feeling by just reading about their relationship! Awesome read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    go for it

    It's an easy read and actualy pretty good; a different angle on the big, beautiful woman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    A PERFECT BOOK

    A book about the way body shapes really are n how our new n magizines make women fake. And that no matter a 5 or a 16 you r still beautiful . One worth reading. I'm glad I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Wow !

    Wow is about all i can say about this book. It was amazing! its not the conventional romance novel covers body image issues, ex boyfriends, medical conditions an so much more.
    The only thing i didnt like about this book is the rushed ending. It could have been a little more detailed. But other than that....totally 4.5* worthy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Great Book

    I loved the way I was able to relate to Cat. Not everyone is a size 2. I have struggled with my weight over the years and appreciate how real this story was about issues that are faced on a daily basis.

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

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    I gave this book 4.5 stars. *I received a copy of this book in

    I gave this book 4.5 stars.

    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

    Picture Perfect follows Cat's journey as she  has to adjust to her new size and cope with the reactions of people who surround her.

    This was a refreshing read, body imagine is such a prevalent issue in today's world and I was really glad to see a New Adult book highlight this issue. This wasn't a story of fad diets, or get thin quick schemes. This was a story of one girl's struggle to learn to be comfortable in her own skin.

    Cat struggled, especially out in public and what hurt her the most was being shunned by Jake, a previous love quest. Cat spiralled into depression and it was down to her best friend Joey to set things straight and get Cat to seek help. I loved Joey, she was the BFF every girl needs. I loved the ways in which she was always there for Cat and she would drop everything at short notice to help her in times of need. But I also loved Joey's honesty and that's what a true friend is about. She called Cat out if she was moping or she would tell her to   change what she wasn't happy with instead of acting defeated.

    After seeking advice from a counsellor, Cat tried her hand at nude modelling in a bid to build her body confidence again. Although the last thing she expected was to run into the gorgeous guy she briefly met at a party. When the handsome Nate shows interest in Cat she can't believe he would genuinely like her the way she is. Cat has to learn to love her body and accept that Nate can indeed love it too. "Cat, trust me. It is amazing how so many curves can all come together into something so absolutely visually perfect." ~Nate

    I loved the relationship between Cat and Nate. They soon discovered that they had actually met years before when they were only seven at a summer camp. Although back then it was Nate who was uncomfortable with his body as he was known as the 'fat kid at camp'. Cat met Nate just when she needed him most and he played a huge part in her journey of acceptance.

    Nate had body issues of his own and he went through a huge transformation to be the guy that Cat met in the present day. I did get the feeling Nate seemed a little too good to be true, so I was actually glad when something came to light near the end of the book. It added authenticity to his character and I knew immediately the reasons behind his actions, due to this I was happy to forgive him quickly and was rooting for Cat to do the same! :) This was also an important part of the story as Cat had to learn to be confident not only when she was with Nate but also as her own person. "Because this journey is mine, and I am a real woman." ~Cat

    Can I also note that this book was hot?? For Cat who was really uncomfortable in the beginning and would flinch and tense up if a member of the opposite sex so much as brushed passed her, it was great to see the change in her after she started seeing Nate. Her journey from hiding under the covers with the lights out to not giving those factors a second thought was inspiring. And the bedroom scene that took place the night before Thanksgiving? Yeah that may be one of my favourite smexy scenes ever. Cat and Nate were joined as one with no inhibitions and I loved their connection. #HAWT ;)

    Picture Perfect was a great story about self discovery and learning to love the skin you are in. I loved the author's writing style, I couldn't put it down and was desperate to find out what was going to happen to Cat and Nate, I even tried to finish this book after one too many cocktails~ Note to self: just wait til morning next time ;)

    I recommend this book to anyone that has or ever had any body issues, if you take anything away from this book I hope it is that we are all different and it doesn't matter how the world sees you, it is how you see yourself that really matters.
     

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