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Measuring Up

Measuring Up

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by Nyrae Dawn

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Seventeen-year-old Annabel Conway is tired of the Hillcrest High School elite making her life miserable because she’s not a size two. This summer, she's hiring a personal trainer to help her lose weight.

Annabel doesn’t expect her trainer to be a gorgeous guy around her age. Boys like Tegan are jerks. They pretend to like girls like her so they


Seventeen-year-old Annabel Conway is tired of the Hillcrest High School elite making her life miserable because she’s not a size two. This summer, she's hiring a personal trainer to help her lose weight.

Annabel doesn’t expect her trainer to be a gorgeous guy around her age. Boys like Tegan are jerks. They pretend to like girls like her so they can make an idiot out of them. Been there, done that. Totally not going there again. She kind of hates him on principal. Blond. Muscular. Funny. It doesn’t help that he knows her measurements!

Soon, Tegan's so much more than that. He’s the boy who teaches her to box when she has a bad day. Who jogs with her and lets her set the pace. Who kisses her until she melts. He makes her feel beautiful regardless of what the scale says. Unlike her mom, he doesn’t expect perfection, and he doesn't try to shield her from the world like her dad and best friend. Tegan likes her the way she is.

But what happens when he’s not there? He can’t always be there…

Will Annabel be able to stand on her own and learn that she already measures up? That her worth doesn’t lie in what the world thinks, the scale says, or even what Tegan tells her—but in herself?

Contains mature content. Some sexual situations.

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Meet the Author

Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. There have been times in her life where she wasn’t able to chase that dream the way she desired, but she always found her way back to telling stories.

One of her loves has always been writing about teens. There’s something so fresh and fun about the age that she loves exploring. Her husband says it’s because she doesn’t want to grow up. She doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing and luckily for her, he doesn’t either.

Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she’s a total romantic at heart and proud.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her.

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Measuring Up 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am about 125 pounds that may not seem like alot hut im five foot nothing and om a five foot nothing girl 125 is alot. My sister is five foot three and 118 pounds she is 9 years older than me with big boobs and blonde hair she is a life size barbie and ,y mom is right there with her im the odd one out with dark curly hair and dark skin. My mom always makes sly commets about my weight and i try so hard to loose weight but i always gain it back and its never enough. After this book i realize i dont care what she thonks someone out there is gonna love me for me and thats all i need. I really enjoyed this book. It was very real to me and i loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! I had a hard time putting the book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book i couldn't put it down
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
We all have issues with our body. If you don't then you are not human. I know with girls, we are always trying to loose weight. We always compare ourselves to other women no matter what. What I adored about this book is the main purpose of being happy with yourself. Annabel has dealt with being overweight for a long time. She's dealt with the name calling and even dealing with her mother's comment. I really loved how Ms. Dawn capture emotions so well. Once in Annbel's shoes I felt her desperation of wanting to loose weight, of just for once, wanting to be accepted and not ridiculed. The love interest in the book is exactly what I wanted. A guy who knows all about be name called or made fun of. He like Annabel for her heart and not her image. He gave her strength and encouragement when she needed it the most. And Annbel did the same. When she found him turning away from her, she fought for him just as hard. I adored watching them truly love each other. Measuring Up encompasses the true meaning of love. It gives hope to those who believe they are unworthy. If your looking for a heart-moving, engrossing book Measuring Up is for you. The portraits of judgements and who you think you are all starts with YOU! As Nyrae Dawn says," This book is dedicated to anyone who has ever felt like they don't quite "measure up". YOU DO."
Candi30 More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have read in a long time!! I laughed and cried!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A man that can see the beauty & worth of a woman. Yet Not hold her waistline against her. The young man in the book is trainer at a gym. The young woman is someone who has been put down her whole life over her weight. He teaches her to lose pounds and love herself as he comes to over the course of the book. The young couple is cute and find love in the most unlikely of places. The gym where you go to sweat off pounds. In outfits that are for the most part for a big girl unflattering. I will just say sweet read for more than one reason. I was sad when it was over because I fell in love with the plot and the people in it. It is a great read for the summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, story, message.. Loved everything about it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story about accepting and loving someone for who they are. Wish it was longer. Too short 146 pages only
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its so intriguing! Perfect first love story! Made me cry especially at the end. Amazing book!!!!
TiffyZ22 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I could relate to it because of Tegan's brother. This is one books I could read over and over and not get sick of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!
TheAddictedReader More than 1 year ago
If you were not "perfect" in high school and let's face who was? You will enjoy this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read!! I couldnt stop reading it inspired me so much!!! Im at a point in life where i just needed to hear the words of this book!
JodyFL More than 1 year ago
Anabel is sick of the 'in' crowd at her highschool teasing her abut her weight. Her own mother is so highly critical of her that she feels she will never be able to please her. Her father is overly supportative and wants to make things easier for her. Anabel is so sick of it all that she finally decides to join a gym but goes to the otherside of town where noone will know her. Outside the gym she battles self doubts and isn't sure she can actually go in when she meets the gorgeous Tegan. Tegan is the picture perfect "gym boy" and Anabel is sure he is just trying to be nice. Then Tegan's family shows up and Tegan's little brother Timmer needs help getting into his electric wheelchair. Anabel steps up to help Tegan lift out of the van. Tegan has a protective shell build around his famiy yet cannot help but talk to Anabel as they get to know each other while working out together. Tegan begins to give hints about his attraction to Anabel. But she is sure he couldn't want a fat girl like him The writing is beautiful and speaks to that little girl devil inside of all women who hate something about themselves. Although there is a romance the story, the real shining point of the plot is to learn how to be enough for yourself and not anyone else. Every woman should read this book. Ms. Nyrae had a way of climbing into my head and making me Aanbel. Tegan is attracted to Anabel but loves her soul and the way she looks now. Ms. Dawn writes a book that is a must read for every woman that thought about changing just that one thin.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
A sweet, inspiring story of love and finding one's self, Measuring Up is sure to touch your heart. Annabel Conway is desperate. Tired of facing the bullies at school, those who taunt her because of her weight, she enrolls at a gym across town from her elite neighborhood. She's hoping to get a female trainer, but she gets Tegan. Tegan who looks like all the boys who've made fun of her. Tegan who is impossibly handsome, and sure to look down on her. Except, he doesn't. Tegan has problems of his own: a family to care for, an education to save for, and a job that he needs. Annabel quickly finds herself caring for Tegan. But will she ever be able to fully trust him, that he can wants her for who she is? Annabel Conway is a girl many, many readers can identify with. I can't tell you how many times I've felt a bit of disappointment over the stereotypical heroine's physique. Tiny, petite, pixies are what we so often get when we read a story. That doesn't exactly bother me, or put me off a character, but I can't exactly identify with every protagonist that's five feet tall and just "too delicate for words". [Not that I'm bitter ;-) ] So let me just say that I love that author Nyrae Dawn gave us a girl like Annabel. This is a girl in pain, and believe me, I get that. But I felt at first that she spent so much time focused on herself and her weight, that Annabel came off as a bit selfish and shallow.Yes, having a weight problem is a big deal when you're a teen, but she also had much to be grateful for. And that's what Tegan shows her. Annabel quickly learns that Tegan is more than what meets the eye. That just because a guy is gorgeous, it doesn't mean that he's shallow or cruel. He also teaches her a lot about self-acceptance and that no matter what you have against you, others usually deal with far worse. So I love the growth that she experienced, the self-awareness she develops. What I appreciate the very most is, Annabel learns that her life will not hinge on whether she loses the weight or not. Yes, it is very important to be healthy, but she must also learn to love herself, regardless of her size. Nyrae Dawn is a "character" writer. Her stories place the reader directly into the character's thoughts, and we go through each step of the journey with them. It's not always easy. Much like the internal dialogue we all have, Annabel becomes a bit repetitive. There were times I wanted to tell her to "Wake up!" and that goes for Tegan as well. But I guess the character's flaws, their "realness", is what makes them relatable. If you like Dawn's other books, particularly Freeing Carter, you will most likely enjoy Measuring Up.
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Read this book hearing good things about it. It was just as wonderful as I had hoped. Strong characters with a good life lesson we should all keep in mind. Fun read, enjoyed every minute of it!
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jukelley More than 1 year ago
I think this is my favorite book of all that I have read lately....and I've read some really great ones. This story took me through every emotion available. I'm thankful that Nyrae didn't drag everything out before giving me the ending that I was waiting for like most authors do. I thought the timing was perfect; and I fell in love with Annabelle and Teagan!
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Tired of every heroine having a petite yet curvy body that could rival any VS model? Then this book is for you! Annabell is a believeable highschooler who wants to take better care of her body. I really found myself invested in her and wanting things to turn out. I will recommend this to any girl struggling with her body image, and I think adults/parents could learn a thing or two from the messages in this story. I loved the end, but wish it wasn't over. Worth every penny! Will read again!
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