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Big Girl

Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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Summary

In this heartfelt, incisive novel, Danielle Steel celebrates the virtues of unconventional beauty while exploring deeply resonant issues of weight, self-image, sisterhood, and family.

A chubby little girl with ordinary looks, Victoria Dawson has always felt out of place in her family, especially in body-conscious L.A. While her parents and sister can eat anything and not gain an ounce, Victoria must watch everything she eats, as well as endure her father’s belittling comments about her body and see her academic achievements go unacknowledged. Ice cream and oversized helpings of all the wrong foods give her comfort, but only briefly. The one thing she knows is that she has to get away from home, and after college in Chicago, she moves to New York City. 

Landing her dream job as a high school teacher, Victoria loves working with her students and wages war on her weight at the gym. Despite tension with her parents, Victoria remains close to her younger sister, Grace. Though they couldn’t be more different in looks, they love each other unconditionally. So when Grace announces her engagement to a man who is an exact replica of their narcissistic father, Victoria worries about her sister’s future happiness, and with no man of her own, she feels like a failure once again. As the wedding draws near, a chance encounter, a deeply upsetting betrayal, and a family confrontation lead to a turning point. 

Behind Victoria is a lifetime of hurt and neglect she has tried to forget. Ahead is a challenge and a risk: to accept herself as she is, celebrate it, and claim the victories she has fought so hard for and deserves. Big girl or not, she is terrific and discovers that herself.

©2010 Danielle Steel (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Kim
  • Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom
  • 10-06-10

Big Girl

Excellent book,would listen to this one again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kate
  • Westoning, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
  • 26-04-11

FABULOUS

Fantastic and gripping... couldn't turn my ipod off

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I’m sure this isn’t written by Danielle Steele

A good easy listening book but as a “big girl” myself it was depressing and it harped on her size. I felt to a point that was too much. I’m sure the writer - convinced not Danielle Steel used this book to work through her issues. I hope it was helpful to her. I wish it hadn’t harped on about size quite so much.

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not a fan if this one. The story wasn't very good

not the best story. not my favourite by far. I've read so much better by DS

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A very lovely story

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.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 07-05-10

Are you Kidding?

I listened 10 hours waiting for a plot to develop, shame on me.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Evalynda
  • 19-05-10

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Beth
  • 08-04-10

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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Leonadi Ward
  • 07-06-10

Beyond pathetic

Worst book I've encountered, can't imagine who writes this trash. Would give it zero stars if I could.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracy
  • 25-03-10

Boring

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.

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  • Katherine
  • 26-05-10

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.

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  • Kimberly Clark
  • 27-03-13

COULD have been a decent story…

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Jennifer
  • 09-07-10

A disapointment

Not as good as many previous Danielle Steel books. Pass this one up and try Southern Lights or A Good Woman instead.

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  • Rachel
  • 09-03-10

Just OK

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.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan
  • 17-05-10

Big Girl

A great read really enjoyed the book. The narrator was excellent.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful