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    A chubby little girl with blond hair, blue eyes, and ordinary looks, Victoria Dawson has always felt out of place in her family, especially in body-conscious L.A. Her father, Jim, is tall and slender, and her mother, Christina, is a fine-boned, dark-haired beauty. Both are self-centered, outspoken, ...

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In this heartfelt and incisive new 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 blond hair, blue eyes, and ordinary looks, Victoria Dawson has always felt out of place in her family, especially in body-conscious L.A. Her father, Jim, is tall and slender, and her mother, Christina, is a fine-boned, dark-haired beauty. Both are self-centered, outspoken, and disappointed by their daughter’s looks. When Victoria is six, she sees a photograph of Queen Victoria, and her father has always said she looks just like her. After the birth of Victoria’s perfect younger sister, Gracie, her father liked to refer to his firstborn as “our tester cake.” With Gracie, everyone agreed that Jim and Christina got it right.

    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 sister. And though they couldn’t be more different in looks, they love each other unconditionally. But regardless of her accomplishments, Victoria’s parents know just what to say to bring her down. She will always be her father’s “big girl,” and her mother’s constant disapproval is equally unkind.

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, an act of stunning betrayal, and a family confrontation lead to a turning point.

Behind Victoria is a lifetime of hurt and neglect she has tried to forget, and even ice cream can no longer dull the pain. 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.
 

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Household name Steel (Going Home) falls short of her best in her latest. Victoria Dawson has always felt like an outcast. When her little sister Grace is born, father Jim tells Victoria she was the “tester cake,” and they finally got it right with the beautiful Gracie. Victoria grows up in her sister’s shadow, and though she loves Gracie dearly, she’s anxious to leave home. The pain doesn’t stop there, though. Her father calls her first job at a prestigious private school in Manhattan “pathetic,” and Victoria begins a battle with her weight and her belief that she is unlovable (even though men pursue her). The premise of the story is sound, but it doesn’t ring true: the parents are two-dimensional, cruel monsters and Victoria seems to have everything: fantastic job, amazing apartment, perfect best friends. It’s hard to believe that her parents would still wield such power. Steel barely grazes the surface of an important topic, but it’s not reality that has positioned her at the top of bestseller lists. (Mar.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385343183
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Pages: 323
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 590 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Happy Birthday, 44 Charles Street, Legacy, Family Ties, Big Girl, Southern Lights, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

Biography

When it comes to commanding bestseller lists, no writer can come close to Danielle Steel. Her work has been published in 47 countries, in 28 languages. She has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the author who has spent the most consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. She has not only published novels, but has written non-fiction, a book of poetry, and two series of children's books. Many of her books have been adapted for television movies, one of which (Jewels) was nominated for two Golden Globe awards. She has received the title of Chevalier of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government for her immense body of work. In short, to say that Steel is the single most popular living writer in the world is no overstatement.

Steel published her first novel, Going Home, when she was a mere 26 years old, and the book introduced readers to many of the themes that would dominate her novels for the next 30-odd years. It is an exploration of human relationships told dramatically, a story of the past's thrall on the present. Anyone familiar with Steel's work will recognize these themes as being close to her heart, as are familial issues, which are at the root of her many mega-sellers.

Although Steel has a reputation among critics as being a writer of fluffy, escapist fare, she never shies away from taking on dark subject matter, having addressed illnesses, incest, suicide, divorce, death, the Holocaust, and war in her work. Of course, even when she is handling unsavory topics, she does so entertainingly and with refinement. Her stories may often cross over into the realm of melodrama, but she never fails to spin a compelling yarn told with a skilled ear for dialogue and character, while consistently showing how one can overcome the greatest of tragedies. Ever prolific, she usually produces several books per year, often juggling multiple projects at the same time.

With all of the time and effort Steel puts into her work (she claims to sometimes spend as much as 20 hours a day at her keyboard), it is amazing that she still has time for a personal life. However, as one might assume from her work, family is still incredibly important to her, and she maintains a fairly private personal life. Fortunately for her millions of fans, she continues to devote more than a small piece of that life to them.

Good To Know

Along with her famed adult novels, Steel has also written two series of books for kids with the purpose of helping them through difficult situations, such as dealing with a new stepfather and coping with the death of a grandparent.

When Steel isn't working on her latest bestseller or spending time with her beloved family, she is devoting her time to one of several philanthropic projects to benefit the mentally ill, the homeless, and abused children.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Francisco, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 14, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Educated in France. Also attended Parsons School of Design, 1963, and New York University, 1963-67
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Chapter One

Jim Dawson was handsome from the day he was born. He was an only child, tall for his age, had a perfect physique, and was an exceptional athlete as he grew older, and the hub of his parents’ world. They were both in their forties when he was born, and he was a blessing and surprise, after years of trying to have a child. They had given up hope, and then their perfect baby boy appeared. His mother looked at him adoringly as she held him in her arms. His father loved to play ball with him. He was the star of his Little League team, and as he grew older, the girls swooned over him in school. He had dark hair and velvety brown eyes and a pronounced cleft in his chin, like a movie star. He was captain of the football team in college, and no one was surprised when he dated the homecoming queen, a pretty girl whose family had moved to southern California from Atlanta in freshman year. She was petite and slim with hair and eyes as dark as his, and skin like Snow White. She was gentle and soft spoken and in awe of him. They got engaged the night of graduation and married on Christmas the same year.

Jim had a job in an ad agency by then, and Christine spent the six months after graduation preparing for their wedding. She had gotten her bachelor’s degree, but her only real interest during her four years in college was finding a husband and getting married. And they were a dazzling pair with their flawless all-American good looks. They were a perfect complement to each other and reminded all who saw them like a couple on the cover of a magazine.

Christine had wanted to model after they were married, but Jim wouldn’t hear of it. He had a good job, and made a good salary, and he didn’t want his wife to work. What would people think of him if she did? That he wasn’t able to provide for her? He wanted her at home and waiting for him every night, which was what she did. And people who knew them said they were the best-looking couple they had ever seen.

There was never any question about who wore the pants in the family. Jim made the rules, and Christine was comfortable that way. Her own mother had died when she was very young. And Jim’s mother, whom Christine called Mother Dawson, sang her son’s praises constantly. And Christine readily revered him just as his parents had. He was a good provider, a loving husband, fun to be with, a perfect athlete, and he rose steadily in importance in the ad agency. He was friendly and charming with people, as long as they admired him and didn’t criticize him. But most people had no reason to. Jim was a personable young man, he made friends easily, and he put his wife on a pedestal and took good care of her. All he expected of her was to do as he said, worship and adore him, and let him run the show. Her father had had similar ideas, and she’d been perfectly brought up to be the devoted wife of a man like him. Their life was everything she had hoped for, and more. There were no unpleasant surprises with Jim, no strange behavior, no disappointments. He protected her and took care of her, and provided handsomely. And their relationship worked perfectly for both of them. Each knew their role in the relationship and played by the rules. He was the Adored, and she the Adorer.

They were in no hurry to have children for the first few years, and might have waited longer if people hadn’t begun to comment about why they didn’t have them. It felt like criticism to Jim, or like the suggestion that maybe they couldn’t have them, although they both enjoyed their independence without children to tie them down. Jim took her on weekend trips frequently, they went on fun vacations, and he took her out to dinner once or twice a week, although Christine was a good cook and had learned to make his favorite meals. Neither of them was suffering from the lack of children, although they agreed that they wanted them eventually. But five years after they got married, even Jim’s parents were beginning to worry that they might be having the same difficulties that had delayed them from having a family for nearly twenty years. Jim assured them that there were no problems, they were just having fun and were in no hurry to have children. They were twenty-seven years old, and enjoying feeling free and unencumbered.

But the constant inquiries finally got to him, and he told Christine that it was time to start a family. And as she always did, Christine agreed. Whatever Jim thought best seemed right to her too. Christine got pregnant immediately, which was faster than they expected. It was easier than they both had planned, they had assumed it might take six months or a year. And despite her mother-in-law’s concerns, the pregnancy was easy for Christine.

When she went into labor, Jim drove her to the hospital and opted not to be in the delivery room when the baby came, which seemed like the right plan to Christine too. She didn’t want him to do anything that would make him ill at ease. He was hoping for a boy, which was her fondest wish too, in order to please him. It didn’t even occur to either of them that the baby might be a girl, and they had confidently opted not to find out the baby’s sex. As virile as he was, Jim expected his firstborn to be a son, and Christine decorated the nursery in blue. Both of them were absolutely sure it was a boy.

The baby was in a breech position and had to be delivered by cesarean section, so Christine was still asleep from the anesthetic in the recovery room, when Jim heard the news. And when he saw the baby the nurse presented to him at the nursery window, for a minute, or longer, he thought the baby he was seeing had been switched. The baby had a perfectly round face with chubby cheeks that bore no resemblance to either of them, with a halo of white blond hair. And more shocking than her features or coloring, it was a girl. This was not the baby they had expected, and as she stared at him through the nursery window, all he could think of was that the infant looked like the elderly British monarch Queen Victoria. He said as much to one of the nurses, and she scolded him and said that his daughter was beautiful. Being unfamiliar with the grimaces of newborns, he disagreed. She looked like someone else’s child to him, and surely nothing like him or Christine, and he was filled with disappointment as he sat glumly in the waiting room, until they summoned him to Christine. And as soon as she saw the look on his face, she knew that, it was a girl and that in her husband’s eyes, she had failed.

“It’s a girl?” she whispered, still woozy from the anesthetic, as he nodded speechlessly. How was he going to tell his friends that his son had turned out to be a girl? It was a major blow to his ego and image and something he could not control, which never sat well with him. Jim liked to orchestrate everything, and Christine was always willing to play along.

“Yes, it’s a girl,” he finally mustered as a tear squeezed out the corner of Christine’s eye. “She looks like Queen Victoria.” And then he teased Christine a little. “I don’t know who the father is, but she looks like she has blue eyes, and she’s blond.” No one on either side of their families was fair, except his own grandmother, which seemed like a stretch to him. But he didn’t doubt Christine. This child was obviously some kind of throwback, in their combined gene pool, but she certainly didn’t look like she was theirs. The nurses had been saying that she was very cute, but Jim wasn’t convinced. And it was several hours before they brought her to Christine, who gazed at her in wonder as she held her and touched her little hands. She was tightly swaddled in a pink blanket. Christine had just been given a shot to keep her milk from coming in, since she had decided not to nurse. Jim didn’t want her to, and she had no desire to either. She wanted to get her figure back as quickly as possible, since Jim had always liked her petite, lithe shape and didn’t find her attractive while she was pregnant. She had been careful with her weight during the pregnancy. Like Jim, she found it hard to believe that this chubby white blond baby was theirs. She had long, straight sturdy legs like Jim’s. But her features didn’t look even remotely familiar to either of them. And Mother Dawson was quick to agree with Jim when she saw her, and said she looked like Jim’s paternal grandmother, and said she hoped she didn’t look like her later. She had been a round, heavyset woman for her entire life, who had been best known for her cooking and sewing skills and not her looks.

By the day after her birth, the shock of her being a female had worn off a little, although Jim’s friends at the office had teased him that he would have to try again for a son. And Christine was worried that he was angry at her about it, but he very sweetly reassured her that he was glad that she and the baby were healthy, and they’d make the best of it. The way he said it made Christine feel as though she had come in second best, and Mother Dawson endorsed that idea. It was no secret that Jim had wanted a son and not a daughter, almost as confirmation of his manhood and ability to father a son. And since it had never dawned on either of them that they might produce a daughter, they had no girls’ names ready for the chubby blond baby that lay in Christine’s arms.

He had been joking about her looking like Queen Victoria, but they both agreed that they liked the name, and Jim took it one step further, and suggested Regina as a middle name. Victoria Regina Dawson, for Queen Victoria. Victoria the Queen. The name seemed strangely apt as they looked at her, and Christine agreed. She wanted her husband to be happy with the choice of name at least, if not the sex. She still felt as though she had failed him by having a girl. But by the time they left the hospital five days later, he seemed to have forgiven her.

Victoria was an easy, happy baby who was good-natured and undemanding. She walked and talked early, and people always commented on what a sweet little girl she was. She remained very fair, and the white blond fuzz she’d had when she was born turned into a crown of blond ringlets. She had big blue eyes, and pale blond hair, and the creamy white complexion that went with it. Some people commented that she looked very English, and then Jim always commented that she’d been named for Queen Victoria, whom she looked like, and then laughed heartily. It became his own favorite joke about the baby, which he was more than willing to share, while Christine tittered demurely. She loved her daughter, but the love of her life had always been her husband, and that hadn’t changed. Unlike some women who became totally focused on their children, the central focus of her world was first Jim, and then the baby. Christine was the perfect companion for a narcissist of Jim’s proportions. She only had eyes for him. And although he still wanted a son to complete him, and toss a ball with, they were in no hurry to have a second child. Victoria fit easily into their life and caused few disruptions, and they were both afraid that two children, particularly if close together, would be hard to manage, so they were content to have only Victoria for now. Mother Dawson rubbed salt in Jim’s wounds by saying it was too bad they hadn’t had a son, because then they wouldn’t have had to consider having a second child, since only children were always brighter. And of course her son was an only child.

Victoria appeared to be extremely intelligent as she got older. She was chatty and amiable, and had nearly adult conversations with them by the time she was three. She said funny things, and was alert and interested in everything around her. Christine taught her to read when she was four. And when she was five, her father told her she had been named after a queen. Victoria would smile with delight every time he said it. She knew what queens looked like. They were beautiful and wore pretty dresses in all the fairy tales she read. And sometimes they even had magic powers. She knew she had been named after Queen Victoria, but she had no idea what the queen looked like. Her father always told her that she’d been named after the queen because she looked like her. She knew that she was supposed to look like her father’s grandmother, but she had never seen a picture of her either, and she wondered if she had been a queen too.

Victoria was still round and chubby when she was six. She had sturdy little legs, and she was often told that she was big for her age. She was in first grade by then, and taller than many of the children. And she was heavier than some of them too. People called her a “big girl,” which she always took as a compliment. And she was still in first grade when she was looking at a book with her mother one day, and saw the queen she had been named after. Her name was written clearly under her picture. Victoria Regina, just like Victoria’s own name.

The queen was holding a pug dog, who looked astonishingly like the monarch herself, and the photograph had been taken late in her life. Victoria sat staring at the page for a long time and didn’t say a word.

“Is that her?” she finally asked her mother, turning her huge blue eyes up to her face. Christine nodded with a smile. After all, it was just a joke. She looked like Jim’s grandmother and no one else.

“She was a very important queen in England a long time ago,” Christine explained.

“She’s not even wearing a pretty dress, she doesn’t have a crown, and her dog is ugly too.” Victoria looked devastated as she said it.

“She was very old by then,” Victoria’s mother said, trying to soften the moment. She could see that her daughter was upset, and it tugged at her heart. She knew he meant no harm, but Jim’s little joke had momentarily backfired, and Victoria looked stricken. She stared at the picture for ages, and two tears rolled slowly down her cheeks. Christine didn’t say a word as they turned the page, and she hoped that Victoria would forget the image she had seen. She never did. And her sense of how her father viewed her, like a queen, was never the same again.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    Feels incomplete

    I read this book in two days, and I was constantly looking for the "climax"! There is nothing in this book that is exciting or dramatic. I grew up being the "Big girl", so I was really hoping that she would find vindication, and it didn't happen. The younger sister was an interesting character, but I felt she wasn't developed enough. The ending was a huge letdown. I expect a lot more from this author, as her stories have riveted me time and time again. Is there a "Big Girl 2" that I don't know about?? This book really feels incomplete, and I was really sad she didn't do more with this. I would have liked to see her parents finally realize what they'd done to her, and it just didn't feel like they did. It's a good book to read on a rainy Saturday, but I wouldn't recommend it very highly. I really wanted to like it, but I didn't.

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  • Posted February 27, 2010

    LOVED IT

    I read this book in one day. The story jsut flowed and was an easy read. I identified somewhat with this girl, being that all of my life my mother commented and critisized me for being overwieht and not good enough and constantly told me she could believe she had a "fat daugher" Only difference is that Victoria still fighting her weight all her life still made something of her life , I am still fighting that battle and it has always got in the way of accomplishing anything in my life, my weight prevented me from it. That is why I loved this story. I have read a lot of Danille steel's book's and "Ghost"is still my favorite but this book takes second for sure.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    Painful to suffer through

    I don't know how on earth Danielle Steele got to be so popular. This book was just hundreds of pages of the same thing over and over again... it's so repetitive and dull it is truly painful to read. I suffered through the entire thing because it was given to me as a gift, but otherwise I would not have made it past the second chapter. It was terrible.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

    waste of Money

    I have been reading danielle steel since i was about 15 and i cannot believe she wrote this book.

    Sheer waste of time and money. She just kept repeating herself. The book has not substance and at the end she made it sound like she was just starting the book.

    I also got the impression that danielle believes that being above size 12 is a disease just like Victoria's parents.

    Do not waste your time with this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    Waste of a Hot Pink Cover

    Seriously cannot believe that Danielle Steel wrote this book. Matter of fact I'm going to call her on it! I think that the publisher had a freshmen ghost writer write it for her. It would have been a decent story, but enough with the repetition! Why didn't Danielle interview a size 16 girl and/or woman before she wrote because I would seriously not feel sorry for myself for that long! I am very upset that I wasted my money and time on this book. I will more than likely not pick up a Danielle Stell novel EVER again!

    Other readers that like the topic of this novel, but hated the pathetic story line should read "JEMIMA J" by Jane Green. Very cute and motivating!

    Sorry Danielle Steel lovers! I wanted to like it...I really did!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Not so great.

    Was very disappointed in this book. I kept thinking it'll get better and it never did. It was a depressing story about an overweight girl and how her family treated her. Very drawn out.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2010

    Boring and predictable

    While I have read many books by this author, this one lacked plot. It was boring but I continued reading thinking something was going to happen. The plot repeated over and over, girl eats, loses weight, finds a guy, guy leaves, girl eats.... I read to the end thinking there would be some type of resolution with her parents, but even that was disappointing. Not my favorite by this author by a long shot.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

    So identifiable!

    There are so many of us out there that struggle with weight, family acceptance, and acceptance of ourselves. Victoria struggles with all of these things, making it extremely identifiable. Besides the heavy topics that this books touches, it still manages to be a light read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

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    This is a fascinating character study

    Victoria Dawson loves her younger sister Gracie, but always felt inferior to her sibling. Her parents especially her father confirmed that belief making it clear she was a failed test before they got it right. Mom just sits silently in affirmation.

    Victoria leaves home accepting a job at an elite Manhattan school, but her verbally abusive dad calls her a loser for taking such a position. She begins to have an obesity issue and firmly believes she is unlovable although she seems to have everything going as a swinging single in New York.

    This is a fascinating character study of a woman who seems to have everything, but lacks self esteem after growing up being told she was a worthless loser while her sister was perfect. Victoria is an intriguing individual who rates herself as useless because that is all she heard from her parents. The problem with this family drama is just how verbally abusive her parents are towards the Big Girl as they are so over the top with their nastiness towards their first born vs. their kind nurturing of their second child, they lack credibility and are two dimensional. Still in spite of the cardboard vicious parents, fans will root for Victoria to realize how much she has going; overcoming negative fostering.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    I couldn't get through it

    I had to stop reading it once I got to the end of the 3rd chapter. It was like the author kept repeating herself about how Victoria wasn't the favorite and how she was different. It was like reading a 3rd grade book. I couldn't finish it...I guess I don't have enough patience.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2013

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    WORDS HURT!!!!! WOW, I HAVEN'T READ A DANIELLE STEELE NOVEL IN

    WORDS HURT!!!!!

    WOW, I HAVEN'T READ A DANIELLE STEELE NOVEL IN YEARS. THIS BOOK WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE. ALL I CAN SAY IS, WITH PARENTS LIKE THOSE, WHO NEEDS ENEMIES!!!!

    SPEAKING FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN A LITTLE LARGER, I KNOW THE FEELING OF NOT BEING ACCEPTED BECAUSE OF YOUR WEIGHT. I DON'T KNOW WHY PEOPLE DO AND SAY THE THINGS THAT THEY DO AND SAY TO PEOPLE OF A LARGER FRAME. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE AND WE ALL CAN'T BE A SIZE 2 OR 4.

    OUR WEIGHT IS NOT WHO WE ARE!!!!! THIS BOOK IS SUCH AN EYE OPENING EXPERIENCE. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS DEAL WITH WEIGHT DAY IN AND DAY OUT. PEOPLE WHO ARE HEAVY KNOW THAT THEY ARE, AND THEY DO NOT NEED TO BE CONSTANSTLY REMINDED OF IT.

    WHY NOT TRY LOOKING BEYOND THE BODY FRAME OF A PERSON AND START LOOKING AT THE HEART AND CHARACTER OF THE PERSON.

    EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS ALOT OF REPETITIVE STUFF IN THE BOOK. I THOUGHT THE BOOK WAS POWERFUL AND INSIGHTFUL. I WISH THAT EVERYONE COULD READ THIS BOOK. AND JUST MAYBE, THE WORLD WOULD BE A NICER PLACE.

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR EVERYONE. ENJOY.......

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

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    My First Danielle Steel book

    Loved this book. it should be dedicated to all is women who feel out of place because of our weight. Very powerful book. Danielle expresses it all in this book!!!! It's a must read!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2011

    Great book!

    Loved how you could relate to real life situations....great story of finding faith and love in yourself.... easy read and couldnt put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    One of the best I have read

    I loved this book. I think is was one of her best. It was more like a real life story. So many people go through what Victoria went through. I did and still do. I could not put the book down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

    FOR ALL 'BIG' GIRLS

    Danielle Steel explores the world of those families where one person doesn't feel like they fit 'in' because of favoritism and ignorant, unforgiveable parents. This Big Girl tries to find her way in a world all by herself without the benefit of family support and maintains her compassion and love for her younger sibling throughout. She really IS a special person in her own right and eventually will find assistance in the big city with an eclectic group of friends, acquaintances, lovers (?), and ultimately her soulmate. Throughout she remains with stalwart love for her sibling while questioning her own needs, being, and uniqueness.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!

    This was my first time reading a danielle steel book and it was such a good read for the soul. Made me think abput how every day i spend looking in the mirror to make sure my clothes fit nicly, or that vmy makeup is perfect. It really opened myveyes and won my heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Very disappointed

    I enjoy ms. Steele's books usually. This book was a huge disappointment to me. I kept reading hoping it would get better. It never did.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

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    This is the first book I have ever read by Danielle Steel. Unfor

    This is the first book I have ever read by Danielle Steel. Unfortunately, I am not sure if I would ever pick up another book. While this one did have promise, it ended too abruptly giving readers no relief. Additionally, I wish there had been more "dialogue" in the book. There was hardly any. The book seemed to be told from no ones point of view. C-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Best

    I love this book it is the first danielle steel i have read and it is the only one i could finish this is great for teens but i think the adult steel fans would be dissapointed i could really relate to the main character the entire time unlike most of danielles petite overachievers this book is about a big girl who struggles with her self worth and tries to find her identity

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Cannot believe this is a Danielle Steel book.  Reads like it was

    Cannot believe this is a Danielle Steel book.  Reads like it was written by  elementary student.  Waste of my time and money.  

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