For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She’s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.
But the day she opens up a national women’s magazine and sees the words “Loving a Larger Woman” above her ex-boyfriend’s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery…and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.
I am rating this as an OK, based only on the fact that the plot was intricate and well thought out. The book itself was very well written and easy to follow. However, it will not go on my list of favorite books. Basically it was about a plus sized 28 yr old woman, Cannie Shapiro (she was decribed as a size 16, I thought that plus didn’t start until size 18, but what do I know??) She was a reporter, had friends, an apartment, a dog, etc. She had recently asked her boyfriend of 3 years for a break from their relationship due to certain incompatabilites, such as; she worked, he perpetually went to college and smoked pot. She earned her own way, he was a spoiled baby still taken care of by his parents, and so on. During their break, he got a job writing a column called “Good in Bed” for a national magazine. His first article was about her and entitled “Loving a Larger Woman.” Basically the first half of the book she spent mad at him about the article, then pinning over him trying to get him back, then crying and whinning that she was fat and no one would ever love her. I just felt like slapping her and saying “Build a bridge and get over it.” (BTW, that’s my daughter’s line) I mean, I am no skinny person, but I have never moped and whined about it like this character did. Maybe I just can’t relate to someone who has felt that much self loathing and with that little self esteem, but regardless, the main character annoyed the crap out of me. About halfway through, the story line picked up a little. She did some other things while pinning and whining and crying. She changes a lot by the end…if you can stand her through the first 3/4 of the book, then you might like how she turns out in the end.