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Synopsis:

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults.

For each of them, that means something different. For Marley, it’s coming to terms with the survivor’s guilt she’s carried around since her twin sister’s death, which has left her blind to the real chance for romance in her life. For Georgia, it’s about learning to stop trying to live up to her mother’s and brother’s ridiculous standards, and learning to accept the love her ex-husband has tried to give her.

But as Marley and Georgia grow stronger, the real meaning of Emerson’s dying wish becomes truly clear: more than anything, she wanted her friends to love themselves.”

Review:

I really thought I would like this book more than I did.

I really tried to like it but in the end, the problematic elements just got to be too much for me.

Starting off with the characters, I did really enjoy all three of the main characters. I felt myself connecting with Emerson the most, the friend who had died. Marley and Georgia had this deep love for their friend that stayed with them throughout the rest of the book. I wish we had gotten to know Emerson a little more and maybe had gotten a better understanding on why she ended up the way she did.

The romances were just okay. They weren’t spectacular. The romances with Marley and Georgia were fine and “normal” but why did Emerson have to be the one in the unhealthy relationship? Just because your fatter (and I say that not to mean any harm to anyone) than your friends it means that you have to be in a relationship with a guy who is trying to make that problem worse? I found just to be ridiculous and unnecessary.

The plot just jumped all over the place. It says in the synopsis that Marley and Georgia are set out to fulfill Emerson’s dying wishes but I felt like they didn’t do that at all. I just seemed like all the attention was focused more on their romances and less on fulfilling that wish.

Finally, let’s dive-in into the representation of plus-size people in this book.

The representation, in my opinion, was done horribly.

Pretty much, Higgins described the characters as being overweight and fat on every single page. There was a ton of fat-shaming. Also a HUGE trigger warning for eating disorders as the characters talk about that as well. As someone who has been overweight and struggled with that fact for the past 10 years, I found the immense amount of fat-shaming to be kind of offensive. I nearly DNF’d the book because of that.

Overall, this book was just a mess. It had a lot of potential to be great but nothing worked out in the end for me. I think Higgins is a really talented author and I will give her another chance. Hopefully that book won’t be offensive and I can enjoy it a lot more.

RATING: 2/5

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