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The Perfectly True Tales of a Perfect Size 12

The Perfectly True Tales of a Perfect Size 12

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by Robin Gold

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Delilah White’s perfect New York life is about to take a tumble . . . but change is good, right? Right?!?

Delilah White, television’s semi-famous (to her own shock) and completely endearing Domestic Diva, likes herself just the way she is: a perfect size twelve. When her boss announces that she’s taking an early retirement, Delilah


Delilah White’s perfect New York life is about to take a tumble . . . but change is good, right? Right?!?

Delilah White, television’s semi-famous (to her own shock) and completely endearing Domestic Diva, likes herself just the way she is: a perfect size twelve. When her boss announces that she’s taking an early retirement, Delilah finds herself pitted against her rival, the statuesque Margo Hart, for one of the most coveted promotions in television. As the office politics are heating up, Delilah jumps at the opportunity for a long weekend at her friend’s family estate in the Catskills, only to have Margo make a surprise appearance and start stirring up trouble. Armed only with a pink polka dot bikini and her sometimes overactive imagination, Delilah must balance her budding romance (with a man who just might be otherwise committed) and a sudden meltdown at the office. As one disaster follows another, it takes all of Delilah’s charm, ingenuity, and spirit to come out on top.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Gold takes chick lit office politics along on a country weekend in this affable debut about a size-12, 33-year-old aspiring Martha Stewart. After her boss announces her impending retirement, Delilah White finds herself in the running to become executive producer at Domestic Bliss, a TV show that's filmed in New York City but aims the catchphrase "Now that's bliss" at middle-aged, middle American women. Her competition: Margo Hart, a high-maintenance redhead who's not willing to go down without a fight. When the rivals end up at the same Fourth of July gala in the Catskills, they call a truce and Delilah scores a date with the hostess's cute cousin, Jack. But the women can't play nice for long, and the battle of the domestic divas sets the pace for a fun and breezy read. It's easy to root for Delilah as she schemes to put Margo (a believable but consistently evil villain) in her place. Meanwhile, Delilah may have found something worth pursuing with Jack if only she can figure out where they stand. The ending leaves the door open for a sequel. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Domestic divas battle for the top position at a Martha Stewart-esque enterprise. Size 12 and not obsessed about a diet plan? Yes, it can happen! Delilah White is a whiz with her glue gun and can whip up a cake in minutes. She's handy, clever, loyal and confident. Delilah is not desperate to meet a man or to drop ten pounds-what a refreshing concept. Delilah has a great job at Domestic Bliss, a lifestyle show that panders to overachieving housewives. Delilah is up for a major promotion at work, but landing this choice position won't be easy. The competition is Margo Hart, a lean, mean, baking machine. Drop-dead gorgeous and skinny as a rail, Margo is everything Delilah is not. The rapacious Margo will stop at nothing to make sure she is given the Executive Producer position. Unwilling to simply let the craftiest gal win, Margo launches a campaign to sabotage Delilah's efforts at work. Margo's malevolent plans involve ambushing Delilah as the heroine attempts to relax at a Fourth of July retreat. Over the weekend, Margo proceeds to trash Delilah's laptop (crammed with great segment ideas) and throw herself at Delilah's new love interest. Delilah decides to fight back. In between water-skiing and enjoying tasty buffets, Delilah attacks. Just when she's got Margo cornered and it appears the position is hers, Delilah bows out of the competition. She takes the moral high road and decides no job, or man, is worth sacrificing dignity. There are many things to love about Delilah: She's witty, charming and makes no apologies for not striving to be a size 2. It's too bad that the author wastes a great opportunity to debunk the popular myth that you need to be perfectly svelte and impeccably groomedto have a glamorous job and a rewarding love life-opting instead for a trite story that's as unappealing as a soggy picnic. A memorable character stuck in a forgettable story about a girl with a big appetite and even bigger dreams.

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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5.36(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

Robin Gold lives in New York City without her husband, because she hasn't met him yet. She won the Principal's Writing contest in second grade for scribing her elementary school's official school song, which she considers one of her greatest achievements, and has been writing, mostly just for fun, ever since. She's usually a perfect size 10 and is working on her second novel.

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Perfectly True Tales of a Perfect Size 12 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is honestly the best book I have read in as long as I can remember. It is smart, unpredictable, touching, and laugh-out-loud funny! I really had trouble putting it down. It's not often that a book can make you laugh one moment and then bring tears to your eyes the next moment, but that is exactly what this novel does. I really did not want it to end! Where the heck is the sequel already?! I can't wait!
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95Thunderbird More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at the dollar store for $3.00! I liked the cover, but I was astounded when I read the book. I just fell in love with the characters. This book reminded me of the characters in my favorite show, "Drop Dead Diva". This book is worth so much more than the money I paid for it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am forcing myself to finish this book because I wasted good money on it! Horrible writing! Horrible story line!! Horrible dialog!!! Horrible book!!!! I love a cute chicklit book but this is another typical one where the fat girl with the big heart gets the dream job and the dream guy. Skip it and save yourself the aggrevation of saying "What an awful book!"
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
*Not recommended to ANYONE under 14 years of age.*

Domestic Bliss, a lifestyle how-to television program, would be nothing without their creative and efficient producer, Delilah White. Everyone knows she is going to get a big promotion soon. Being a caring person while putting up with New York life is sometimes a hard thing to do, so Delilah decides to accept her friend¿s invitation to her family¿s estate in the Catskills for Independence Day weekend. She doesn¿t expect that her co-worker, the beautiful Margo, is coming also to secretly sabotage her chance at the promotion. Through this adventure, Delilah falls in love with a man who she fears already has a girlfriend while never thinking self-consciously of herself fitting perfectly in a size 12.

When I first picked up The Perfectly True Tales of a Perfect Size 12, I was expecting a cute, little story about a girl who found herself beautiful just the way so was. While I was not fully disappointed, it was not what I expected. Instead I found far too many curse words and some sexual references that were unnecessary at making the book enjoyable. I could have done without them, yes, but it didn¿t stop me from liking the book. The love story between Delilah and Jack put so many smiles on my face, that I had to share some parts of it with my friends. They, too, could not help but enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only reason I picked up this book is because the author messaged me herself on my MySpace page with a very creative catch. However, I'm 60 pages in, and I'm asking myself why I even bothered. I really would like to get my money back, but I can't find the receipt. The dialogue between the characters is ATROCIOUS. The only time I could ever picture anyone talking like Robin has her characters talking, is when you're making fun of those stupid prissy high school girls - while actually still IN high school! I'm angry I wasted my money on this garbage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An easy breezy read that you won't be able to put down until the last page. A classic mean girl vs. good girl story, culminating in one climactic party. Gold writes fun characters that you find yourself wanting to be friends with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love, love, loved Robin Gold's book! Highly recommend! Read it yourself and then go out and buy them as gifts for all of your friends are not a perfect Size 12!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is amazing you should read it the writer is a genuis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!