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Review: Big Girl Panties

August 1, 2013

Big Girl Panties

Overweight and out-of-shape, recently widowed Holly is flying home after taking care of some business in Toronto and finds herself sitting next to gorgeous and hunky trainer Logan.  They chat on the flight and, when they discover they both live in the same town, Logan offers Holly his training services at a discount.

She takes him up on the offer and slowly transforms herself.  Holly will never be thin, though, and uses humor as a shield, even when she starts to have feelings for Logan.  Logan thinks Holly is great but can’t see himself with anyone who is less than perfect physically.  It seems their relationship is doomed before it even gets started.

If you read the synopsis of Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich (Janet’s niece) you can pretty much figure out what happens in the book but that doesn’t keep it from being fun.  Holly is bold and sassy and comes into her own as she gets into shape.  It’s impossible not to like her.  Logan is full of himself and somewhat shallow on the surface but you just know he’s a good guy deep down inside.  When the two of them get together, sparks fly!

I liked this book but didn’t love it.  It was easy to see where things were going and I wanted to tell most of the characters to grow up at some point in the book.   I was lucky enough to host a House Party celebrating the publication of Big Girl Panties.  Several of my guests read the book before the party and everyone who did liked it more than I did – in fact, they all loved it.  Here’s a photo of some of my guests watching the live chat with Stephanie Evanovich at the party.

House Party

Big Girl Panties is the kind of book you pick up when you head to the beach or need something light.  There is some language and a few steamy scenes in the book.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
25 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    August 1, 2013 6:28 am

    It sounds like the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree in that family! Janet’s books are predictable too but it never stops me from laughing. Sometimes those are the kind of books that take off the edge!

  2. August 1, 2013 6:43 am

    It still sounds fun even though predictable. Your party must have been fun.

  3. August 1, 2013 7:21 am

    Sounds fun. Could you interact with the author or just listen?

    I felt the same way about the book. It was ok.


  4. August 1, 2013 7:24 am

    Gaah, I have to get reading some of those Evanovichs! LOL It’s like the Kellermans!

  5. August 1, 2013 8:56 am

    Your party sounds fun.

  6. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader permalink
    August 1, 2013 8:58 am

    I have this sitting on my tbr pile. It doesn’t sound like my type of book but I’ll keep it around for when I want something light and sweet 😉

  7. August 1, 2013 9:31 am

    What fun – a house party publication celebration! This probably isn’t my type of book, but the title makes me smile.

  8. August 1, 2013 9:37 am

    Sounds like a fun book but not my type. The house party must have been cool!

  9. Patty permalink
    August 1, 2013 9:45 am

    Oh boy…any more I want to really love everything I read…and it just isn’t possible!

  10. August 1, 2013 12:02 pm

    I met Stephanie at a book signing and she was so nice…and funny. I’m looking forward to the light read. I think it’s a good idea for House Party.

  11. August 1, 2013 2:55 pm

    Your party sounds like fun, I agree this book sounds like I need to be reading at the beach.

  12. August 1, 2013 4:10 pm

    It sound sort of fun, yes a beach read…but cynic that I am, I wonder if it would have been published if her aunt were someone else.

  13. bookingmama permalink
    August 1, 2013 4:29 pm

    I thought the chat was fun — my house party guests seemed to really like this book for a light summer read.

  14. August 1, 2013 6:42 pm

    Great review….so far, I’ve only read negative things about this book, so I’m glad to see your perspective on it. Liking but not loving it would be enough reason for me to pick it up. Perhaps for the beach, as you suggest.

  15. August 1, 2013 8:42 pm

    Sounds like a fun read! I love the house party photo.

  16. August 1, 2013 9:16 pm

    I am going to give this book a try.

  17. Beth F permalink
    August 2, 2013 6:32 am

    Sounds like a good one for the beach, when predictable might be welcome.

  18. August 2, 2013 7:33 am

    The house party sounds like a lot of fun! I love my book blogging friends, especially as I’m building a community I regularly chat with, but I’d still love to have more local bookish friends 🙂

  19. August 2, 2013 10:49 am

    I really enjoyed this book too. It was a fun and easy read. Perfect for the beach!

  20. August 2, 2013 1:38 pm

    I’m sorry. Is it wrong that I would never pick this one up just based on the title alone?

  21. August 2, 2013 9:34 pm

    Irritating characters can be a deal breaker for me, as it was in a recent read of mine. Predictability can go either way for me. The party looks like a lot of fun! Thank you for your review.

  22. August 3, 2013 10:20 am

    How fun that you got to host a party! No better reason than books, I say!

  23. August 4, 2013 3:57 pm

    Sounds like a fun read. I usually expect books like this to be predictable, so that wouldn’t bother me, but the characters being annoying might get on my nerves. I’ll keep it in mind, though.

  24. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    August 5, 2013 8:17 pm

    cool party!! I do want to read this one!

  25. August 6, 2013 1:55 pm

    I feel like I’ve been seeing this book around a lot lately but had no clue what it was about. It sounds like a fun read. Maybe something I should pick up before summer ends!

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