Worth The Weight (The Worth Series Book 1:The Nice One)
By: Mara Jacobs
I read this book easily in just over one and a half days. Lizzie Hampton is a very real and easy character to relate to, especially for women who have had any battle with their weight. Though this story uses some psychological aspects when it comes to eating disorders, self-control, and self-identity none of them was too heavy nor did it cause issues with the likability in the reading of the story. Lizzie has done what all women with weight issues dreams of…she’s lost the weight. Of course, she constantly weighs, measures, and scans herself for any changes. This point is the very realistic side of the character. For her not to do such things would prove unbelievable and false.
Lizzie’s new goal now is to find the guy from her past who broke things off with her before she left for college, thus hurting her badly. She’s got eight weeks to find him and get him in bed. She’s certain that if she can just do that one thing then she can move on and begin her real life with the guy she’s found and thinks is perfect for her. Essentially, she is scared out of her wits about being intimate again and thinks Finn, being the good ol’ boy from her past and one whom she was comfortable with at one time in all aspects, is just the right recipe for getting comfortable in her new skin.
Just as she has her own baggage, Finn comes with his set too. Throughout the story, they learn about the difficulties of the last fifteen years (or so) and although Lizzie is marking checks beside most everything she’d hoped to accomplish, she just isn’t certain anymore that slam, bam, thank you sir…is the plan that’s going to work for her anymore.
I really enjoyed this book. It was sentimental in aspects, largely realistic in many parts, and quite the entertaining tale. There were some scenes that were definitely R rated…not X mind you, but not for the little kiddies. With some language involved I’d rule it ADULT ONLY. If you’re looking to…replace this with something else you’re looking in the wrong place however if you want a really good read, one that’s worth investing your time in, however short it may be, this is most truly a good catch.
For some reason, on a personal level, the novel doesn’t have the ‘oomph’ to push me towards that ‘I must read the next one’. It was thoroughly well written however and I definitely recommend picking it up on a day you have off.
My Verdict: 9/10