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Big Girl Panties
Big Girl Panties
Author: Stephanie Evanovich
Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape...and winds up getting her groove back -- and a whole lot more! — Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she w...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780062224842
ISBN-10: 0062224840
Publication Date: 6/18/2013
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 33 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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orchid7 avatar reviewed Big Girl Panties on + 265 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Ok... I'll admit it. I got this one from the library because I was interested in the fact that the author is Janet Evanovich's niece. I wanted to like it. I did. But after choking down eight downright offensive, badly written chapters, I finally had to call out "Uncle!" and return this dreck to the library for the next unsuspecting victim to check out.
All I can say is yuck, yuck, yuck! Both the hero and the heroine are completely unlikable. The hero is also a total chauvinist with a very negative and selfish attitude.
I'm glad I did not waste a dime of my money on this one.
reviewed Big Girl Panties on + 65 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
What a fun quick read. I love fat girl gets in shape, loses her emotional baggage and gets the guy novels. And they didn't skimp on the sex scenes. Smart girls chick novel. Love it.
thestephanieloves avatar reviewed Big Girl Panties on + 241 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The only thing that could make Logan Montgomery's flight back home worse than being forced to sit in coach, is being forced to sit in coach next to the fat girl. But luck will have its way, as will fate, and he ends up sitting by unpleasantly overweight widower Holly Brennan all the way to Englewood, New Jersey... and there's just something about her that he can't put a finger on, that makes him want to keep in touch. He offers private training sessions to help her get back on track with her weight, which has significantly escalated since her husband's death last year. No matter that he has a celebrity waitlist and is very selective with new clientshe's going to change this girl's life. What he doesn't expect is for her to change his.

As Logan begins to see the true resilience, strength, and maturity in Hollyas well as the delightful humor and instant likability, he begins to question the matter of beauty versus substance, something he's never had to worry about before, being fit, gorgeous, and famous as he is. Watching his relationship with Holly bloom was interesting because the two are such an unlikely pair. It is very rare to spot a fat woman holding hands with an athletic man in public, let alone in contemporary romance, but that's just the thing: you never see couples like that because society judges compatibility based off body type, based off appearance. Big Girl Panties shreds these expectations and overcomes the typical romance equation by so naturally and fluidly pairing Holly and Logan together. Readers will root for the coupleas unaccustomed to the sort as they are bound to beand both Holly's sparkling wit and Logan's sexy, collected demeanor will make them instance fan favorites.

Logan seems like the perfect guy personality-wise; even though he's known to be careless with women, I couldn't help but sympathize with him because, he's so humane, so decent. He isn't only every girl's strong, level-headed, handsome dreamboat, but also has a sincere, heartfelt persona to completely seal the deal. Holly isn't used to attention from guys who look like him, nor from guys who have as much experience, generosity, and will as he does, but she soon discovers that her slow-burning feelings for him come at a steep price: his extreme emotional unavailability and noncommittal affections.

I think their relationship met a decline around the middle and by end of the book. It starts off really excitingly and humorously, but both characters become super angsty; there's lots of crying, lots of late-night worrying, lots of "does he like me???" and "DOES SHE LIKE ME" that I got sick of. Beyond the infuriating self-inflicted tragedy of their "forbidden" relationship, though, other doubts begin to seep in, too. Logan's obviously falling for Holly, but she can't help but wonder if he really like her for who she is, or if he's just prone to want to call her and show her off as his protégée, his one-time ugly duckling.

Big Girl Panties held my full attention all the way to the last page because it's so engaging; Evanovich creates a funny, FUN character that you'd want to become best friends with. I was a bit conflicted over the book's overall message, however; while I think it's very important for all body types to be represented in commercial fictionbecause not looking like a runway model doesn't make a woman any less beautifulthe way Evanovich pretty much dismisses skinny girls was a turn-off. The only likable female characters in the book, including Holly, are described as "full-figured," which itself isn't a bad thing, but being about self-image that Big Girl Panties is, I was disappointed to see so much skinny-shaming. It contradicts the compelling insights on superficiality and celebrity that are also presented.

I absolutely loved how the romance developed, though. Logan is kind-meaning and warm, but detached and an absolute fool when things start to get serious. And the moment Holly Brennan squeezes into that economy-class seat next to him on the plane, it's clear things will begin to get real serious real soon.

Pros: Witty and charming // Effortless tone // Holly is an original, genuine character // LOGAN!!!!! // I like the idea of the untraditional romance // Chase and Amanda's backstory is intriguing // Hilarious moments // Extremely hot sex

Cons: The central romance is about a "big girl" getting together with a gorgeous fitness instructor, but it only happens as she slims down...?? The message is just unclear to me // Some of the dialogue is unrealistic // Lots of unnecessary dread and lingering, not that much action

Verdict: Combining the introspective meanderings of women's fiction with the hilarious, sassy spunk of chick-lit, Stephanie Evanovich crafts an unconventional, but wholly absorbing romance, while touching upon important issues like fame, fitness, and the art of self-love. Logan and Holly's steamy relationship and Evanovich's delightful style will please readers, for sure. With fierce perspective and winning personality, Big Girl Panties examines the definition of true beauty, the impact of an unexpected other in your life, and the dangers of being quick to judge at first sightor to judge by sight at all.

Rating: 8 out of 10 hearts: An engaging read that will be worth your while; highly recommended.

Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher via tour publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Harper Collins and TLC!).
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swifeytheturtle avatar reviewed Big Girl Panties on
A good, fun, lighthearted read. Predictable but cute ending... definitely seems like the author focused more on writing in the sex scenes than on actual plot. But that was fun to read for a change!