Sugar & Other Luxuries by Everly Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
*** 3 Cranky Stars ***
Sugar & Other Luxuries is a story about how Katherine, a 26-year-old struggling with accepting her body weight, meets the “perfect woman” who hurls her into the world of dating and helping to build her self-confidence.
The book starts off on a good foot with plenty of humor and you get to know Katherine and the people in her life. Mainly her “perfect” best friend. Katherine is successful in her life, but unfulfilled as she feels her weight holds her back in life, particularly with men. I’ll have to admit that this was a struggle read for me, but not because it was written poorly. I just couldn’t take anymore of Katherine’s self-body shaming.
While the book does highlight body image issues that many women face at least once in their lifetime, it kind of drowns you in it as well. The book was well written, but the author could also scale back on the heroine's seeming hatred of her own looks. Everyone in the book seems to see Katherine as a beautiful young lady—except Katherine.
Since the book is from Katherine’s point of view, you spend 80% of the time seeing how much see detests herself and self-sabotages relationships because she doesn’t feel see deserves these “perfect” men. And I think we can all deal without the “beautiful, blonde, skinny best friend that everyone loves because she’s so perfect” formula.
All in all, the book is well written and has potential to be enjoyable. For me, there was just too much focus on Katherine just hating her image, even though it was warped in my opinion.
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