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 Los Angeles. Her parents are disappointed by their daughter's looks.
Later in life, the one thing Victoria knows is that she has to get as far away from home as possible and, after college in Chicago (which her parents disapprove of), she moves to New York City. Landing her dream job as a high school teacher, Victoria finds joy and excitement working with her students by day--and by night continues to wage war on her weight among the sleek and buff at Manhattan's fitness clubs. Victoria keeps a lifeline open to her family through her close relationship with her sister Gracie. For though they can't be more different the two sisters love each other unconditionally. By contrast her parents, though across the country, still have an emotional hold on Victoria and instinctively seem to know just what to say to bring her down. Victoria knows she has been a disappointment to them all her life. No matter what she does, she can never win their approval.
When Grace announces her engagement to a man who is an exact replica of their handsome, materialistic, narcissistic father Victoria cannot help but feel even more ostracized, and like a failure once again. Ahead is a challenge and a risk: to accept herself as she is, celebrate it, and win the victories she has fought so hard for and deserves. Big girl or not, she is a gem!
©2010 Danielle Steel (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
not the best story. not my favourite by far. I've read so much better by DS
I loved the way the story was narrated and the fluidity of the story line. It is a story that follows a young girl from baby to woman. Her happy times and sadness through out life. If you are like me and like well written books your love this. The narrator has a lovely voice and reads the story and characters parts very well.
"Please do not waste your time...."
This is my first and probably last Danielle Steel book. It was extremely repetitive and lacked character and story development. I had to make myself finish this book.
"Are you Kidding?"
I listened 10 hours waiting for a plot to develop, shame on me.
"So much repetition!"
Repeat, repeat, repeat! This book could've been much shorter if not for all the repeating! A pretty good story line but just not terrific. Reminds me why I quit reading Danielle Steele a long time ago.
Worst book I've encountered, can't imagine who writes this trash. Would give it zero stars if I could.
This book was too repetitive and the idea that the main character was "a big girl" was just beat into the listener. The story was thin on plot and the author seems to be create this tale of woe about this big girl and how she overcomes her problems. Throughout the story she is less than 20 lbs overweight but is characterized as a big girl and she has major drama over her weight. The last half hour she overcomes all her problems in a way that just seems ridiculous. This book is just silly and overdramatizes the main characters issues. I just don't think 20 lbs qualifies as a big girl and I found it insulting. 20 lbs is not ideal but it does not cause major psychological issues either IMHO and that is the whole basis of this book.
"25 pounds overweight is NOT fat"
I was all excited that Danielle Steel had finally written a book that didn't feature a wraithlike heroine. I was very disappointed that she was such a whiny, depressed individual. I realize that for some people a weight problem of 25 pounds seems like a lot, but I can't believe that they would be depressed all the time like this character.
"COULD have been a decent story…"
EXCEPT for the fact that Danielle Steel makes a size 12 seem MORBIDLY OBESE!!! She really needs to come back to earth and realize that a size 14 is the AVERAGE size for women in the US.
Not as good as many previous Danielle Steel books. Pass this one up and try Southern Lights or A Good Woman instead.
This is the first Danielle Steel novel I have read/heard. The didn't seem to be much of a story or plot development, and it was repetative a lot of the time, but it was an enjoyable listen.
A great read really enjoyed the book. The narrator was excellent.
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